Arsene Wenger says he snubbed Mourinho in autobiography to make it positive

Arsene Wenger says he snubbed Mourinho in autobiography to make it positive

- Arsene Wenger has claimed that he did not want his book to be a negative one that was why he excluded his experience with Mourinho

- The 70-year-old spoke about his rivalry with Man United legendary boss Alex Ferguson during the late '90s and the 2000s

- Mourinho once called Wenger a specialist in failure and his ability not to be able to win trophies

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Arsene Wenger has revealed that he did not include Jose Mourinho in his book to avoid it being a negative write up.

The legendary Arsenal manager launched his new book 'My Life in Red and White' revealing a series of stories unknown to the world about his career as a manager.

The 70-year-old made sure that he did not include Mourinho in any of the stories he told in his book to avoid making negative comments about the Portuguese manager.

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Arsene Wenger says he snubbed Mourinho in autobiography to make it positive
Arsene Wenger says he snubbed Mourinho in autobiography to make it positive. Photo by Shaun Botterill
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Wenger and Mourinho almost did not meet eye-to-eye when their respective teams clashed in a league or domestic Cup game.

However, the French manager focused on the battles he had with former Man United boss Alex Ferguson.

Wenger was asked why he omitted the Special One and he said:

"I didn't want to make a book that sorts out some differences.
"I wanted it to be a positive book. I had more acrimonious battles with Sir Alex than Jose Mourinho."

Man United and Arsenal had stiff competitions during the late 1990s and early 2000s with 16 victories and 23 losses for Wenger during their 49 meetings.

He added:

"The competition makes you hate the opponent.
"I think he (Ferguson) certainly hated me and I hated him sometimes as well.
"Whenever we competed it was always a fight — always very tight and nervous. And don’t forget we also had to deal with Fergie time.

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"But when the competition is over what remains is a deep respect for guys like him, for what they have achieved and how long they stayed in the job and dedicated their lives to it."

Wenger and Mourinho were almost involved in a fight during a Premier League clash between Arsenal and Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in 2014.

The Portuguese gaffer called the Frenchman 'specialist in failure' and also tormented Wenger for not winning trophies during his reign in North London.

Mourinho has a better head-to-head record over Wenger winning nine, drawing seven and losing just two to his opposite number.

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Meanwhile, had earlier reported that Cristiano Ronaldo could have been an Arsenal player before Man United got ahead of the Gunners to sign the Portuguese star, Arsene Wenger claims.

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The Portuguese is now regarded as one of the greatest the game has ever produced when he joined the Red Devils from Sporting Lisbon in 2003.

He won three Premier League titles in a row and a Champions League victory before he left for Real Madrid in 2009.

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