In hindsight, Arsene Wenger’s win over Jose Mourinho in the community shield of last season had zero significance because the game was dubbed a glorified friendly that opens the League.
In his 15th attempt, Wenger and Mourinho’s teams met in the Premier League last year at Old Trafford but the game ended in draw, with the Gunners salvaging a point in the dying minutes of the game.
Besides their records, the presence of Mourinho or the mention of Wenger has been fraught to both parties, making them some sought of perennial rivals. They were even involved in a touchline bust-up in the October of 2014.
They renew hostilities this weekend as Wenger aims to secure his first ever win against Jose Mourinho both in Chelsea and at Man United.
Speaking ahead of the game at the Emirates this Sunday, Arsene Wenger has subtly revealed that he is open to making peace with the Special One, reports Sky sports.
Wenger believes that like the days of Sir Alex Ferguson, the fractious atmosphere that occurs whenever he plays against Mourinho will change over time.
“We have respect, i do not want to make a case of any person, it’s important I focus on my own team.
“I’m open always in life for everything, for peace, but what is important when you are a competitor is that you give everything to win the next game.” Wenger said regarding his relationship with Mourinho.
Manchester United are five points above Arsenal on the Premier League log and both teams aspire to a top four finish albeit the Red Devils have an outside chance to qualify for Champions League via the Europa Cup game.
United have been enjoying an unbeaten run the League since last year and have conceded the least goals after Tottenham in the League. It will take some sought of luck for Arsenal to win Manchester United at the Emirates.
Wenger may go down as a manager that has never beaten Mourinho in the League.