Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown has suggested that Jose Mourinho’s recent outburst towards Arsene Wenger is countered against admiration the Portuguese coach has for the Frenchman.
Mourinho recently ripped into Wenger, branding him a ‘specialist in failure, for having not won a trophy in the last eight years at the North London club.
Keown points out that there is an opposite side to Mourinho’s comments as the Chelsea coach is embarking on a journey with Chelsea, similar to the way Arsene Wenger has managed Arsenal.
“I was talking about this on the radio a few weeks ago and I thought we had gone full circle with Jose showing some admiration for what Wenger has done. Him going back to Chelsea to establish longevity and a legacy is almost a sign that Mourinho wants to imitate Wenger’s staying power,” said Keown in his weekly Q&A session for the Daily Mail.
Wenger is the longest serving boss in the Premier League following Sir Alex Ferguson’s decision to retire at the end of last season and it certainly doesn’t seem like he’s going to clear out his office any time soon.
The longevity which he has given Arsenal is one of many things which Mourinho could possibly be envious of, as it’s something the Chelsea boss has never achieved regardless of which clubs he’s been at.
Mourinho said earlier this season that he wanted to be Chelsea boss for the next 12 years and it will be fascinating to see just how much silverware he wins alongside Wenger, if the Arsenal boss keeps coaching at the highest level for the same number of years and seasons.
Keown also suggests that the best way for Wenger to silence Mourinho, effectively leaving him with egg on his face, is to work hard over the rest of the season to secure a piece of silverware and end the drought which has plagued the club for the best part of a decade.
“The way Mourinho attacked Wenger’s failures was an unnecessary personal attack and it’s almost as if he was attacking the fabric of sport itself. The best way for Wenger to shut him up would be to win a trophy,” he added.
Wenger still has a great chance of winning the domestic double at Arsenal this season and he’ll never give up on the possibility of a turnaround in the Champions League game against Bayern Munich.
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