There is no love lost between Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho and Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger. These two have had clashes for the best part of a decade, and are still at a war of words today.
In almost all aspects, Jose Mourinho has been right about what he has said about Arsene Wenger.
Most recently, Mourinho has come out and said ten years without a title is considered to be ‘boring’ football. And he is right on the money. Up until last season, it is one of the things rival fans could bring up at any given opportunity; Arsenal’s lack of titles. They look set to challenge for the league, then bottle it. They cannot dominate in Europe, and they constantly settle for fourth.
This of course is an alien concept to Jose Mourinho. He may not do the quadruple, but he will do the double. Arsenal may have one hand on the FA Cup, but believe me, Aston Villa will do all they can to cause an upset on May 30th. They want to prove themselves after being earmarked for relegation. It could be another season sans silverware for the Frenchman.
The “specialist in failure” comment ties into this argument. Jose Mourinho claimed he is “not used to failing”, and that is accurate. Mourinho averages at a trophy every 35 games: only Pep Guardiola’s average is higher. Jose is good at his job, and he seeks to bring home the titles. And a lot of the time, he succeeds. Arsene Wenger, on the other hand, does not appear to have the same ambition as Mourinho. He settles for fourth, and seems happy enough with this comfortable position.
Arsene Wenger is not a failure per se, but he is not an awe inspiring, title winning manager either.
Finishing second in the league will be a dream end to the season for the Gunners, should they be able to maintain it.
But, as with almost every team in the league, they need to strengthen.