Twitter reaction to Mourinho’s controversial Wenger outburst

Chelsea's Jose Mourinho’s dig at Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has caused hysteria on social networking site Twitter, and has resulted in a number of comments from some of football's high profile figures.

As we enter the final stretch in yet another fascinating Premier League season, the title-race is arguably the most wide-open ever. With 12 games remaining, and just seven points separating the top five, the famed mind-games are starting to appear.

Chelsea’s Friday morning press conference exploded when Jose Mourinho dished the dirt of counterpart Arsene Wenger.

The Portuguese boss was irked by Wenger’s earlier comments that fellow Premier League managers were playing down their chances of landing the title because of ‘a fear for failing'. Mourinho responded in turn by describing Wenger as a ‘specialist in failure’, saying:

'He's a specialist in failure. If I do that in Chelsea, eight years, I leave and don't come back'.

Mourinho’s comments immediately caused a shock amongst viewers, before a range of football’s leading figures leapt to Wenger’s defence on Twitter:

The comments from one angle can be seen is distasteful, lacking in respect and utterly classless, yet from another angle they can be perceived as the cold, hard truth.

Wenger has yet to win a trophy since Arsenal's FA Cup penalty shootout victory over Manchester United in 2005, whereas Mourinho has won a host of silverware in Europe’s top leagues – including the Serie A Scudetto and a La Liga championship in 2012.

Arguably Arsenal’s biggest critic Piers Morgan – who claims to be a die-hard Gunner – was one of the first to agree with Mourinho’s statements, and he was quickly followed by a number of fellow Arsenal supporters admitting that The Special One might just have a case:

It remains to be seen whether the comments any significant impact on the destination of this season’s Premier League title, but we can all safely say that the war of words between the top managers will continue to make the headlines between now and the end of the season.

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