Arsene Wenger has covered a broad range of subjects in his new autobiography ‘My Life in Red and White’ but one of his fiercest rivals was conspicuous by his absence with Jose Mourinho failing to gain a single mention.
Mourinho, now in charge of Arsenal’s north London rivals Spurs, infamously accused Wenger of voyeurism and branded him a specialist in failure at the height of their rivalry, but the pair have long since put their differences to one side.
Still, Wenger opted not to touch on his many confrontations with Mourinho in his new book, which was released earlier this week, and cited Sir Alex Ferguson as his fiercest rival.
Asked to explain Mourinho effectively being airbrushed out of his book, Wenger 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.’
When Wenger arrived in England back in October 1996, Ferguson’s relentless Manchester United winning machine dominated the Premier League.
Arsenal, aided by their new French manager’s coaching techniques and eye for a bargain in the transsfer market, proved formidable foes, however, and won three league titles between 1998 and 2004.
‘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.
‘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.’