Jose Mourinho: What I really think about Arsene Wenger leaving Arsenal

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho opens up about Arsene Wenger's decision to leave Arsenal at the end of the season

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
Jose Mourinho
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho Photo: UEFA / Handout

Jose Mourinho has paid a classy tribute to Arsene Wenger after the Frenchman confirmed that he would be stepping down as Arsenal manager at the end of the season.

The Gunners boss has found himself under intense pressure at The Emirates in recent seasons for his side’s failure to mount a serious challenge for the Premier League title.

Indeed, Arsenal have not won the Premier League since their famous unbeaten triumph in the 2003-04 season and they finished in fifth place in the table last term.

Arsenal look set to miss out on a top-four finish once again this season, with Wenger’s men currently in sixth place in the table.

The 68-year-old revealed on Friday that he will be stepping down as Arsenal manager at the end of the season.

And Mourinho, who has had his fair share of spats with his counterpart in the past, was quick to pay tribute to the departing Arsenal manager.

Mourinho told a news conference at Carrington on Friday: “If he is happy, I am happy. If he’s sad, I’m sad. I always wish the best for my opponents.

“I’m pretty sure that we as a club and especially because Mr. Wenger and Arsenal were, for many many years, the biggest rivals of Sir Alex’s era, if you can say that, I’m pretty sure that we as a club will show Mr. Wenger the respect that he deserves.

“Three Premier League titles, seven FA Cups and not just that, what he did in Japan, in France, what he brought to French football, what he gave to Arsenal, even in the period without Premier League titles.

“So again, if he’s happy with the decision, I’m really happy and I hope he doesn’t retire from football.”

Arsenal, meanwhile, are currently preparing for their Premier League clash against West Ham United at The Emirates on Sunday.

The north London side will then gear up for the first leg of their Europa League semi-final clash against Atletico Madrid on Thursday night.

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