Friday, 16th May, 2014

Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta has blasted back at Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho for dubbing Gunners boss Arsene Wenger a "specialist in failure".

Mourinho lashed out at Wenger earlier this season, labelling the Frenchman's inability to bring a trophy to the Emirates Stadium since 2005 a failure and suggesting if he did the same at Chelsea he would leave London and never return.

But Arsenal now stand on the brink of ending their trophy drought with a clash against Hull City in the FA Cup final tomorrow.

And Arteta has spoken out about Mourinho's comments.


"If, for you, success is only to win a trophy, it doesn't matter how, then I think he [Wenger] is the way he [Mourinho] is saying", the Spaniard was quoted as saying by ITV, suggesting Mourinho has a very narrow view of success.

"If you analyse everything he has done for the club, then if he is a failure I have a different opinion.

"I don't like it when someone criticises my team-mates, the staff, the manager, the club because I see what he does every day to look after this club.

"When they are right maybe you can accept, everybody makes mistakes. You can criticise the manager, whoever, but when it comes in a certain moment in a certain way I don't like it."

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