Arsenal striker: I was proud Arsene Wenger stood up to Jose Mourinho

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud runs the rule over Arsene Wenger's touchline spat with Jose Mourinho earlier this season

Olivier Giroud has spoken of his pride to see Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger stand up to nemesis Jose Mourinho during a touchline spat at Stamford Bridge earlier this season.

The rival managers come face-to-face on Sunday afternoon for the first time since the incident as leaders Chelsea look to move 13 points clear of second-placed Arsenal at the top of the Premier League table.

From my point of view I was more proud of that. It shows his character and if he has done that maybe it was justified

Olivier Giroud

The Blues were 2-0 winners when the London sides last met, but the game was more memorable for a clash between Mourinho and Wenger after the Gunners manager reacted angrily to Gary Cahill’s challenge on Alexis Sanchez.

Speaking to Sky Sports about the famous incident, France international Giroud admitted that he was surprised to see his manager allow his emotions to boil over, before he added that he happy to see Wenger confront Mourinho.

“He is very calm most of the time,” Giroud said.

“He’s got good self-control but we were a bit surprised by his reaction. But it’s a human reaction and I’m well placed to speak about that because I’m an emotional player. I don’t keep my feelings for me and that’s why sometimes it happens.

“Honestly, from my point of view I was more proud of that. It shows his character and if he has done that maybe it was justified.”

Wenger, whose Gunners side booked their place in successive FA Cup final last weekend, has never beaten a Chelsea side managed by Mourinho in 12 attempts.

More: Merson: Why Chelsea won’t beat Arsenal

However, the north London side have won eight successive Premier League games ahead of the visit of their bitter rivals.

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