Jose Mourinho Aims New Dig at Arsene Wenger as Chelsea and Arsenal Rivalry Grows

Stuart Newman@@StuNewmanSportFeatured ColumnistMarch 28, 2014

Chelsea's manager Jose Mourinho watches his team play during their English Premier League soccer match between Chelsea and Arsenal at Stamford Bridge stadium in London, Saturday, March  22, 2014. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
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With pressure ever mounting on Arsene Wenger’s shoulders in the Arsenal hot seat, the last thing the Frenchman would need is yet another negative jibe from "The Special One," Jose Mourinho.

So, what does the Chelsea manager give him? Exactly that.

Having already branded Wenger a "specialist in failure" back in February, per BBC Sport, Mourinho has now kicked the Arsenal manager while he’s down, as reported by Rob Beasley of the Sun (subscription required) via ESPN:

Arsene Wenger looking less than impressed as Jose Mourinho shakes his hand
Arsene Wenger looking less than impressed as Jose Mourinho shakes his handRichard Heathcote/Getty Images

We don't want a trophy for finishing second, third or some other guys want. We don’t want that! I want my team to feel that there is only one champion and, if you finish second, you are not a champion!

Wenger, who famously said that "the first trophy is to finish in the top four" back in 2012—per the Guardian—hasn’t orchestrated a silverware-winning campaign since 2005, back when the now-greying Robin van Persie was a tender, 21-year-old Gunner.

The Frenchman’s views have often come under ridicule by rival and Arsenal fans alike, as a frustrated Gooner Language reinforces via Twitter:

Mourinho, meanwhile, has won silverware wherever he’s laid his Portuguese hat, chalking up 19 trophies and counting, according to ESPN.

While we all can’t help but think that Mourinho’s one-man circus approach to interviews and press conferences is mostly for show, he does seem to have won the battle of the mind games against Wenger.

As Eurosport’s graphic reveals via Twitter, Wenger hadn’t found a way to beat his Portuguese counterpart in any competition prior to the March 22 meeting at Stamford Bridge:

In said meeting, Chelsea romped to a 6-0 victory without really breaking a sweat, as Mourinho cemented his place as the managerial king of London over the 64-year-old.

One of the key differences between the two managers is that the Chelsea boss has the fans on his side. He can say, or do, what he wants as long as the results and the success keeps rolling in.

Wenger, though, is facing mass hatred from those that used to worship the very ground he walked on, and as a "specialist in failure" chant began to ring out around Stamford Bridge in the recent meeting, a select portion of the Arsenal following were rumoured to have been joining in.

Wenger has guided Arsenal to 11 trophies during his tenure and has consistently competed amongst Europe's elite despite a distinct lack of financial backing; yet still, somehow, he remains ridiculed by his own supporters.

With Arsenal hot favourites to take the FA Cup this year, will the "Wenger out" slurs subside if the Emirates trophy cabinet finally gets some use?

North London would probably be absolutely riddled with overly-long puffa jackets if trophy success came their way, but if not, it could be curtains for Wenger.

Though Mourinho has already won his battle with the Frenchman this year, the mind games will continue to be played for the rest of the season and as the years go on, that is, if Wenger still has a job come August.


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