Why Wenger is right to want to focus on football, and not on Mourinho

It's a war of words with the Chelsea manager that the Arsenal boss may want to go away.

It seems to be a never-ending feud between Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho as mind games and insults seem to be heading back and forth between the two managers.

The thing is, does it benefit anyone? Even if it is not them.

Mourinho tried his mind games even at Real Madrid – one person that didn’t rise to it - not for a while at least - was Pep Guardiola, he just let his Barcelona side do the talking, which included despatching Real at the semi-final stage of the Champions League. And when he did respond, his side still went about its business.

By not taking the bait, Guardiola wasn’t giving Mourinho what he wanted. He appears to relish the war of words between himself and opposition managers, he seems to like the attention and gives several scribes a few more columns to fill in the papers.

Manuel Pellegrini may have worked out in the past two weeks that he doesn’t need to rise to it, instead he took a bit of a lower profile after his side’s league defeat to Chelsea and focused on getting through to the next round of the cup which his side did.

Mourinho has since turned his attentions to Wenger and the Arsenal manager doesn’t really want to take things lying down. If you were called a specialist in failure when your CV includes three league titles - which featured your side going through an entire league campaign unbeaten - and four FA Cups, you’re not going to just smile at being given such a tag.

Wenger said after yesterday's victory over Liverpool about Mourinho: 'I am more disappointed for Chelsea than for me.'

There is bound to be some sort of riposte when the Chelsea boss addresses the media this week.

It’s something that he relishes, and Wenger will have hoped to have ended matters, but whether he has remains to be seen. Maybe the Arsenal boss would be wise to focus on the strong position his side are currently in, and end their nine-year wait for a trophy. After all, he along with the Arsenal fans have waited a long time and two, maybe even three trophies could come along at once.

Though it might be fun for those on the outside looking in, Wenger himself said: 'Let's focus on things that are worth it, on football.'

Quite right to, otherwise other teams and managers could benefit at Arsenal's expense - and it may not even be Chelsea.

image: © Ronnie Macdonald

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