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Arsene Wenger: ‘Did Jose Mourinho Provoke Me? That Is How I Felt’

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ARSENE Wenger has apologised for his part of the confrontation with José Mourinho last weekend but added that he felt provoked by the Portuguese.

The Frenchman, talking to French television show Téléfoot, said: “They gave too much importance to this story. In hindsight I think I should not have reacted at all, it’s not a way to behave on a football field.

“I always regret any signs of violence and I apologise, but that’s a part of games where everything is manic. And then we have quite a substantial past. Did Mourinho provoke me? That is how I felt. I did not enter Chelsea’s technical area.”

The two managers clashed at Stamford Bridge as Chelsea won 2-0 last Sunday. It is not the first time they have not seen eye to eye and Mourinho last season branded Wenger “a specialist in failure”.

The Chelsea manager, also on Téléfoot, said of the incident: “I have no words to explain what everybody saw in those images.” – The Guardian

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