Arsene Wenger says that despite numerous confrontations with Jose Mourinho down the years, he’s looking for a peaceful final chapter when his last trip to Old Trafford as Arsenal manager takes place on Sunday.
The boss and the Portuguese wankblister have clashed multiple times down the years, mostly during his two spells as manager of Chelsea, but with things a bit calmer now, the Frenchman is looking for something of a detente (if only they had a word in French for that).
Asked about his difficult relationship with the Mourinho, Wenger said, “You should leave me and give me a little peace for my final weeks and not try to push me into final confrontations.
“I respect him of course, I respect him a lot. And I don’t want to go into individuals. I want to go peaceful and with Mourinho as well because he is a great manager.”
As for his last visit to United as Arsenal manager, he continued, “I always got a great reception at Old Trafford.
“I don’t know what kind of reception I will get but we will be focused on winning the game.
“We always had some great battles in 22 years.”
We certainly did, particularly in the first 10 years when the rivalry between himself and Alex Ferguson was at its peak, but United fans singing that song about Wenger remains an unpleasant part of that history.
It doesn’t matter at all now, but it would be nice if there was some acknowledgement of how the Arsenal/United rivalry was so good and meant so much to both sets of fans.