If you can’t beat them, you BEAT them?
That game with Chelsea was Arsene’s dozenth attempt to get one over Mourinho, and it’s safe to say it wasn’t quite working out as planned after Hazard’s penalty. So they were winning and Wenger was already not in the mood for more infuriation. Then Cahill remembers that Filipe Melo hacked into Alexis on Wednesday evening and got away with it, and decides to have a go knowing the Referee wouldn’t be bothered. So the Manager is concerned about the health of his player, and impulsively attempts to go over to the place where Alexis lies on the floor and, all of a sudden, is bumped into by the “Annoying one”. But for Neil Swarbrick’s intervention, Wenger would probably have given Mourinho a “choke-slam”.
So was it right for Wenger to launch an attack on Mourinho?
Wenger himself has acknowledged the moral position of his actions, but he certainly does not regret his action. He went over the line, sure, but was that just Wenger acting or a culmination of what many other managers would have loved to do, not least the chairmen at Aston Villa. Chelsea were coasting home with a 3 – 0 lead towards the end of the game, and arrogantly went over to the other side to shake hands with Paul Lambert and Roy Keane. Now that was classic crossing from A to B, and it is certainly against the rules to do that. But he did it without feeling he had taken any offence. Rightly though, he was snubbed by both (indeed, he should have got a shove there!).
Same Mourinho crossed over to whisper something to Pep Guardiola while he was handing instructions to Zlatan Ibrahimovich. Same Mourinho pushed Tito Villanova during their time in the El Clasico confrontations. Same Mourinho had suspicions over his own player’s age, later making a fuss about private conversations being made public. Same Mourinho had the nerve to shamelessly call someone a voyeur. Same Mourinho who took out his anger on a dog…
And he should really be allowed to go on uncautioned?
FIFA are yet to consider a foul-mouth technology for people who go out of order in their utterances made in relation to football, but while we wait for such to come into place, it seems Wenger was probably without many options in putting the man in his place. it’s probably the success which he has managed that has got into his head, but he must remember that many have had much more successful careers and have not made noises about it. He plundered Roman Abramovich’s millions in his first stint at Chelsea manager without the Champions League trophy the billionaire wanted, only for Roberto di Matteo to defeat the team who had knocked his Real Madrid out to clinch it within few months of his tenure. What he couldn’t do in three seasons at the Bernabeu was done in 11 months by Carlo Ancelotti. Even the much hated Rafael Benitez managed two trophies in 9 months for Chelsea, Mourinho has gone 15 months without one. So who really is the specialist in failure?
As much as it is hard to justify Wenger’s action, it may really be the first of many upcoming reactions from managers – and indeed, the whole football world – who are becoming sick of Mourinho’s anti-game antics.
Big Sam, Pellegrini, we don’t know who will be next.
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