Arsenal legend: Mourinho mind-games as bad as Ferguson's

Arsene Wenger Press Conference Smiling - 16/02/2014

Former Arsenal player Ray Parlour gave his thoughts on Jose Mourinho’s criticism of Gunners boss Arsene Wenger this week.

The Englishman, nicknamed the ‘Romford Pele’ in his days at Arsenal, leapt to the defence of the manager under whom he won the Premier League title three times and the FA Cup three times.

In his 12 years as an Arsenal player, the now-40-year-old won no less than 12 trophies with all but one of them won under the French coach who arrived in 1996.

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho reportedly described Wenger as a ‘failure’ last week, but Parlour tends to disagree with the Portuguese Blues boss.

“There is no code of conduct for managers but I was involved in what used to go on between Arsene and Sir Alex Ferguson, and this was as bad as that,” he told the Metro.

“For me, personally, Wenger is like a father. He is untouchable.”

Mourinho may, however, have bitten off a little more than he can chew this time after Chelsea exited the FA Cup to Manchester City just days after he made his comments about Wenger.

Wenger responded by asserting his belief that Mourinho had ‘embarrassed’ Chelsea football club with his behavior recently – the self-proclaimed ‘special one’ had also made similarly provocative statements about City manager Manuel Pellegrini in recent weeks but, following City’s 2-0 defeat at the Etihad on Tuesday to Barcelona, former Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas seemed to have a message for Mourinho.

The former Gunners skipper appeared to speak about Mourinho in his post-match interview with ITV. Mourinho had claimed City had a great chance to beat what he described as the ‘worst’ Barcelona team ‘in many years’. Fabregas said after the game:

"Today was one of those days that everyone was saying Barcelona is not the same Barcelona, you know. Some people talking a bit too much and as usual now they will have to shut up for a few days.”

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