Football

What they said

AUG 2005

Wenger on Chelsea's lack of flair:

"I know we live in a world where we have only winners and losers but, once a sport encourages teams who refuse to take the initiative, the sport is in danger."

OCT 2005

Wenger complains about the Blues' spending, and Mourinho responds:

"I think he is one of those people who is a voyeur. He likes to watch other people. There are some guys who, when they are at home, have a big telescope to see what happens in other families. Wenger must be one of them - it is a sickness."

NOV 2005

Wenger threatens legal action and says:

"He's out of order, disconnected with reality and disrespectful. When you give success to stupid people, it makes them more stupid sometimes."

Mourinho hits back:

"We have a file of quotes from Mr Wenger about Chelsea in the last 12 months - it is not a file of five pages. It is a file of 120 pages."

APRIL 2007

Wenger accuses Mourinho of being a chequebook manager:

"If you would like to compare every manager, you give each one the same amount of resources and say 'you have that for five years'. After five years, you see who has done the most."

APRIL 2008

Mourinho, out of work after being sacked by Chelsea, but on the attack:

"The English like statistics a lot. Do they know that Wenger has only 50 per cent of wins in the English league?"

NOV 2010

Mourinho on Arsenal's trophy drought:

"Maybe Wenger should explain to Arsenal fans how he cannot win a single little trophy since 2005."

DEC 2013

Mourinho on the Gunners being cry-babies:

"You know, they like to cry. That's tradition. But I prefer to say, and I was telling it to the fourth official, that English people - Frank Lampard, for example - would never provoke a situation like that."

JAN 2014

Wenger complains about Mourinho selling Juan Mata to Man United:

"Chelsea have already played twice against United. They could have sold him last week. I think if you want to respect the fairness for everybody, this should not happen."

Mourinho responds, suggesting the fixture list favours Arsenal:

"Wenger complaining is normal because he always does. Normally he should be happy that Chelsea sold a player like Mata, but this is a little bit his nature. I think what is not fair is that his team always have the best days to play."

FEB 2014

Mourinho calls Wenger a "specialist in failure", and the Frenchman replies:

"I do not want to go into those silly, disrespectful remarks. I never spoke about him in my press conference and I will not start now. The only thing I know is that it is more embarrassing for Chelsea than for me. I am embarrassed for him."

Mourinho fires back:

"I don't accept that one is always 'Monsieur polite' and the other one is always the bad guy. I don't accept, I'm sorry."