The Chelsea boss mocked Arsenal’s Champions League exit to Monaco and lack of title success, with the veteran French coach hitting back, while he believes the Gunners are improving
Arsene Wenger has hit back at Jose Mourinho’s recent taunts by suggesting the Chelsea boss lacks respect for his fellow managers.
The Portuguese, set to win the Premier League this weekend, ridiculed Arsenal’s defeat to Monaco in the build-up to their clash at the Emirates Stadium, before mocking their decade-long wait for the title after Sunday’s 0-0 draw.
While Wenger did not rise to Mourinho’s bait, he was keen to stress the importance of respect among the managers – something the Chelsea boss could “improve” on.
“The biggest thing of managers is to respect each other and some people have to improve on that,” said Wenger when asked about the taunts. “Everybody lives with his own internal problems and I live with mine and that is enough.”
Wenger believes his side have improved this season and are much closer to challenging for the title next term.
“We have to look at it in a realistic way,” he continued. “I feel we have made progress and so I look at it in a positive way because what you want in the season is your team to become better.
“We faced a big challenge because Chelsea didn’t drop their level and thats why we didn’t catch them but overall we feel we have made progress.
“When you fight for the championship you win some games because you smell you can do it that you don’t win if you’re fourth or fifth.”
On the injury front, Mathieu Debuchy remains a doubt with a hamstring problem and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is also unavailable, but Abou Diaby is in full training and Mikel Arteta is closing in on a return, though still needs “more time”.
CREDIT : GOAL.COM