Arsene Wenger is willing to put and end to his feud with Jose Mourinho. The two managers have had a spicy relationship, the history of which dates back to 2005, a time when both of them were at the peak of their powers and competing for major honours.
“I am open always in life to everything, for peace,” he said.
“What is important when you are a competitor is you give absolutely everything to win the next game. I do not make of it a managers’ fight. I want that my team shows up and gives a performance on Sunday and plays well.”
There has been much talk about Jose Mourinho possibly fielding a weakened side against the Gunners because of the Europa League semi-final, but Wenger is not having any of that as the Frenchman expects United to play a strong XI.
“We focus on our performance,” he said. “I don’t know what Manchester United will do. We know they have a massive squad with quality players. No matter who plays, they will have a strong team out. Only a top-level performance will get us the win we want. Both teams are in the position where they have to win the game to have a little chance to be in the top four.”
Arsene Wenger was also questioned about a potential decline following his departure. As expected, the Professor answered in style.
“No, it can as well go better from when I leave one day,” he mused. “You know, when you are such a long time at a club like I am, like Ferguson was, it is a little bit like when you have children. Even when you are not there any more, you want them to be happy.
“I am not in a position to judge what happened to Man United. I am sure they will come back and fight for the Premier League again. They are in a rebuilding phase and they have quality inside the club and the resources to come back.”
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