Sunday 23 October 2016

Arsene Wenger on Jose Mourinho comments: 'I haven't read the book and certainly will not read it'

Alistair Tweedale

Published 23/09/2016 | 10:06

Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho have been at loggerheads for over a decade
Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho have been at loggerheads for over a decade

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger refused to be drawn into a war of words with Jose Mourinho, replying to questions regarding a new book on Manchester United manager by saying that he 'had not read it, and certainly will not read it.'

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The book, written by Rob Beasley, claims that Mourinho threatened to "break Arsene Wenger's face" after reacting furiously to his bitter rival criticising Chelsea for selling Juan Mata to Manchester United in mid-season.

But Wenger, talking at his press conference ahead of his side's match with Chelsea on Saturday, was dismissive of the subject.

 "I haven't read the book and I certainly will not read it. I cannot comment on that. I talk about football," he said.

"I have no personal problem with anyone, I respect everyone in the game.

"What is amazing is that he [Mourinho] has nothing to do with our game tomorrow and I’m just focusing on doing well in my job and respecting everyone else. I will maybe make a book one day but I’m not ready for that."

Wenger was also asked about the upcoming match, and in particular his team's past disciplinary problems in games against Chelsea.

"We talked about that because the last two games we played with ten men and so the way we behave will be important [tomorrow]. We have regrets weren't able to play 11 v 11 in the past."

The Arsenal manager also confirmed that Aaron Ramsey would be unlikely to return from his hamstring injury before the international break, while Olivier Giroud faces a late fitness test ahead of the Chelsea game.

"Olivier Giroud has a test to see if he can be involved. Ramsey's still struggling - he's not available for Basel or Burnley. I don’t think he will be available before the international break."

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