This Sunday, Chelsea and Arsenal battle it out for the FA Community Shield. Chelsea will be coming in as winners of the English Premier League and Arsenal will be coming in as winners of the FA Cup. This match could be described as a London derby between two clubs which are just 11 miles apart. Sunday’s final will renew what can be described as the longest running feud in the English Premier League history between Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger. In the first of our three series, we at GhanaFans will be comparing both coaches; using their career achievements and previous meetings.
Career Head to Head
Jose Mourinho vs. Arsene Wenger
51 Age 64
7 Clubs managed 4
7 League titles 4
2 Champions League 0
10 Domestic trophies 11
1 European trophies 0
20 Total trophies 15
Clearly Jose Mourinho has the upper hand over Wenger not just in career head to head because in the 10 matches that both coaches have met, Mourinho’s Chelsea have won 5 and drawn 5. This means that Arsene Wenger has never tasted victory against the “Special One”. During this 10 year vendetta between Wenger and Mourinho, there has been a lot of media attacks and outbursts. GhanaFans takes a look at a decade of verbal abuse between the pair.
July 2005 – On how the fixture list seems to favour Arsenal
Mourinho: ‘Some clubs are treated as devils, some are treated as angels. I don’t think we are so ugly that we should be seen as the devil and I don’t think Arsene Wenger and David Dein are so beautiful that they should be viewed as angels.’
August 2005 – On Chelsea’s apparent lack of flair
Wenger: ‘We live in a world where we have only winners and losers, but once a sport encourages teams who refuse to take the initiative, the sport is in danger.’
October 2005 – On Wenger’s complaints on Chelsea’s spending
Mourinho: ‘He is one of these people who is a voyeur. He likes to watch other people. There are some guys who, when they are at home, have a big telescope to see what happens in other families. He speaks, speaks, speaks about Chelsea.’
November 2005 – Wenger hits back
Wenger: ‘I find it out of order, disconnected with reality and disrespectful. When you give success to stupid people, it makes them more stupid sometimes and not more intelligent.’
November 2005 – Mourinho responds
Mourinho: ‘We have a file of quotes from Mr. Wenger about Chelsea in the last 12 months – it is not a file of five pages. It is a file of 120 pages.’
February 2007 – Ahead of the sides’ League Cup Final
Wenger: ‘If you compare every manager and give each one the same amount and say: “You have that for five years.” After five years you see who has done the most.’
April 2008 – An out of work Jose on the attack
Mourinho: ‘The English like statistics a lot. Do they know that Arsene Wenger has only 50 per cent of wins in the English league?’
November 2010 – On Arsenal’s trophy drought
Mourinho: ‘Maybe Wenger should explain to Arsenal fans how he cannot win a single little trophy since 2005.’
November 2010 – After Real Madrid appear to get players sent off deliberately
Wenger: ‘There should be sanctions. It gives a bad image of our game. Think “never do that again” because it looks, frankly, horrible.’
February 2014 – Mourinho hits at Wenger YET AGAIN!!!
Mourinho: ‘Wenger is ‘a specialist in failure’.
July 2015 – Mourinho Arsenal spending big
Mourinho: “Get a calculator. That is the easiest things, it leaves no space for speculation. If you want to be honest, objective and pragmatic it is the easiest job for a manager or journalist to do. If a manager is interested he can do it. I am not. But Diego Costa plus, Fabregas plus Begovic; Schneiderlin plus; Alexis Sanchez plus this one; Benteke plus Balotelli plus this one. It is easy and objective.”
July 2015 – Wenger responds
Wenger: “One day you will look at the players we have developed here compared to the spending of other clubs and you will be surprised. I get different reproaches – that I don’t spend enough then I spend too much. I let other people talk.”
In three days, Arsene Wenger will have yet another opportunity to finally record his first victory against Jose Mourinho. Some might say this may be Arsenal’s best chance to defeat Chelsea considering their impressive performance last season and a remarkable preseason so far. However, with Fabregas now on Mourinho’s side, this North London derby is nowhere near its climax.
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