Wenger re­fuses to shake Jose Mour­inho's hand at Com­mu­nity Shield

The Pak Banker - - INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS/SPORTS -

The bad blood be­tween Arsene Wenger and Jose Mour­inho bub­bled to the sur­face af­ter the French­man's Ar­se­nal team de­feated Chelsea 1-0 in the sea­son-open­ing Com­mu­nity Shield.

Alex Oxlade-Cham­ber­lain's smart first-half strike set­tled mat­ters at Wem­b­ley Sta­dium and gave Wenger, em­bark­ing on his 20th sea­son at the Ar­se­nal helm, a first win over his Por­tuguese neme­sis at the 14th at­tempt.

The spright­lier of the two teams, Ar­se­nal were good value for their win and would have pre­vailed more com­fort­ably had Thibaut Cour­tois not pro­duced late saves to thwart first Santi Ca­zorla and then Kieran Gibbs.

But Mour­inho protested that the "best team lost" and said that by putting "nine play­ers in front of the box", Ar­se­nal had "(left) their phi­los­o­phy in the dress­ing room".

Wenger has grown ac­cus­tomed to barbs from Mour­inho, who has pre­vi­ously ac­cused him of be­ing a "voyeur", in 2005 (for which he apol­o­gised), and, last year, a "spe­cial­ist in fail­ure".

The pair clashed at Stam­ford Bridge last Oc­to­ber and there was a fur­ther in­di­ca­tion of their frosty re­la­tion­ship at Wem­b­ley when, with Mour­inho con­grat­u­lat­ing Ar­se­nal's play­ers as they re­turned to the pitch af­ter col­lect­ing the tro­phy, Wenger swerved an op­por­tu­nity to shake hands with the Chelsea man­ager, who re­acted by stalk­ing down the tun­nel.

Mour­inho felt that the snub had been de­lib­er­ate - "you only miss me if you want to miss me" - and Wenger sug­gested it had been a re­ac­tion to pre­vi­ous in­ci­dents.

"I be­lieve in a job where you have to re­spect peo­ple and re­spect ev­ery­body," he told his post-match press con­fer­ence.

"It's a dif­fi­cult job. I just think it's vi­tal - I've said that many times in man­agers' meet­ings - that man­agers re­spect each other."

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