Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger played down the idea of this weekend’s game against Manchester United being anything but a contest between the two teams.
Wenger, who goes up against arch nemesis Jose Mourinho, for the first time at Old Trafford, refused to see the game as a battle between the two long time foes.
Speaking at his pre-match press conference today, Wenger said, “I don’t think I have to describe our relationship. He will fight for his team and I will fight for my team and I think that’s completely normal.”
The Frenchman added, “I think I have won against every manager in the world during my 20 years here and I do not make of this game a competition between two managers. It’s between two clubs and two teams and I think I can understand that people want to create controversy, but it’s not that that makes the audience. What will make the audience is the quality of the game.”
Wenger also said, “I think it is Arsenal against Man United and we have all won and lost games on both sides. You do not consider you play against a manager, you play against a team and you analyse the strengths and the weaknesses and that is it.”
Wenger added that he respected the ritual of shaking hands with the opposing manager before any contest, and will certainly shake Jose’s hand.