Arsene Wenger says he is not interested in reading a new book, which claims Jose Mourinho once said he wanted to “break his face”.
Wenger and Mourinho were involved in several very public disagreements during the Portuguese’s two spells in charge of Chelsea, which culminated in the pair clashing on the touchline at Stamford Bridge last season.
Mourinho, now in charge at Manchester United, is the subject of a new biography, Jose Mourinho, Up close and personal, which details alleged conversations with football journalist Rob Beasley – including a mention of an angry exchange surrounding Wenger which reportedly ended with Mourinho saying: “I will find him one day outside a football pitch and I will break his face.”
When the quote was put to him at Friday’s press conference, the Arsenal manager said he was not in “a destructive mode”, was totally focused on Saturday’s Premier League match against Chelsea on Saturday and would
only talk about football matters
Wenger said: “Look, I haven’t read the book and I certainly will not read it so I cannot comment on that.
“I talk about football and that’s all I do. I’m not in the destructive mode, never. I am more constructive.
“I cannot comment on that because I am focused on tomorrow’s game and on the way we play football.”
Wenger’s side will be out to claim their first league win over their London rivals since October 2011. The Gunners did beat Chelsea in last season’s Community Shield but that is their only success in 11 games over them in all competitions.