Metro Sport ReporterThursday 15 Oct 2020 2:11 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link335Shares Arsene Wenger admits ‘very personal’ rivalry with Jose Mourinho got out of control Comment Advertisement Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho had a feisty relationship (Picture: AFP/Getty Images)Arsene Wenger admits that his rivalry with Jose Mourinho was ‘very personal’ during his time in charge at Arsenal and that it got out of control at times.The two managers had a feisty relationship during Mourinho’s two spells in charge of Chelsea and while Wenger was amid his epic stint as Gunners boss.There were memorable comments, especially from the Portuguese, who labelled Wenger a ‘voyeur’ because of Mourinho believed the Frenchman was obsessed with him, and cut still deeper when he called his rival a ‘specialist in failure.’It was not one-way traffic in terms of insults, with Wenger responding to the ‘voyeur’ comment with a barb of his own: ‘He’s out of order, disconnected with reality and disrespectful. AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘When you give success to stupid people, it makes them more stupid sometimes and not more intelligent.’Things even got physical between the two men when they squared up on the touchline at Stamford Bridge in 2014 and had to be pulled apart.Wenger admits he always regretted the physical and verbal altercations, which went too far, but says he only has respect for Mourinho these days.‘That was sometimes very personal and a little bit out of control,’ Wenger told talkSPORT of his relationship with the Special One.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘The problem is you go into a game and already have resentment because of what has been said in press conferences, so nine times out of 10 you hate the guy on the other bench and keep control of it.‘But sometimes it goes overboard. Once or twice with Jose Mourinho it got out of control, but after the game you regret it because you cannot afford that.‘It creates a big interest from people as well.‘But after a while it becomes normal again and the respect comes back for each other, because you are in this job for a long time and at the end of the day suffer altogether.’Mourinho has attempted to put the feud to bed in the past as well, telling Sky Sports in 2018: ‘If he respects me even 50 per cent of what I respect him we can even be friends in the future. ‘I have lots of respect for him.’MORE: Mikel Arteta responds to Arsene Wenger claiming Mesut Ozil is ‘wasted’ at ArsenalMORE: Mikel Arteta keen for Arsene Wenger to return to ArsenalFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisement
Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey could be a doubt for Saturday’s Premier League game at home to Manchester City – after injuring his ankle last night.He had to come off in the closing stages of Wales’ 2-1 win over Andorra in their opening European Championship qualifier.Manager Chris Coleman blamed the Andorran’s controversial artificial pitch for the injury – which they’ll know more about in the next 24 to 48 hours.
StumbleUpon Related Articles Share Royal Ascot arrived last week amidst its usual fanfare, as people flocked in their droves to the Berkshire racecourse for what Oddschecker describes as “a fairly standard affair” on the face of it, with the trend of the previous two year continuing with seven winning favourites.From a margin perspective it is detailed bookies enjoyed a successful week, with Friday’s three winning favourites the only blip, but “scratch beneath the surface” and “a few more interesting trends emerge”.One factor deemed “the key thing” is the importance of place terms from both a marketing and trading perspective, with Sky Bet used as a case study for the Royal Hunt and Wokingham races.Paying seven places, their clickshare rose by a third to over 20 per cent, eclipsing bet365, with Oddschecker concluding “it seems that the importance of comparing place terms will become a more and more vital part of the bet journey for racing punters”. Addressing the winners and losers of this years meet, from its clickshare perspective Betfair Sportsbook have been hailed “the standout winners” after seeing their share rise almost 3 per cent year-on-year (YoY).Upon further inspection, it is stated that “this success can be largely attributed to their betting API integration which now allows Betfair customers to place bets directly through Oddschecker”.Despite a 270bps YoY fall Bet365 “still comfortably maintain their dominant position,” placing almost nine per cent ahead of Sky Bet.Oddschecker’s breakdown also assesses the landscape from a pricing perspective, which seems to highlight different pricing strategies from the Ladbrokes and Coral: “Sportingbet, 888 and Spreadex were the three most competitively priced books across the week. But again, one needs to dig a little deeper to unearth the real nuggets. “Coral, who ranked 14th for the most competitive book last year climbed 9 places to rank 5th. This is consistent with their World Cup pricing strategy. Incidentally, Ladbrokes’ pricing generosity deteriorated markedly (again consistent with their WC Football stance). Further evidence that the brands are beginning to pursue different strategies. As you can see from the graphic, Ladbrokes’ clickshare was impacted by the widening prices (falling 118bps YoY). Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 ‘Deal maker’ Rafi Ashkenazi ends Flutter tenure August 27, 2020 Submit PokerStars moves to refresh global appeal with ‘I’M IN’ August 18, 2020 Share