Book claims Mourinho said he wants to "break Wenger's face"
It is one of the enduring and certainly the most unpleasant rivalry in English football, with the latest claims over the hatred that exists between Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger likely to fan the flames once again.
In a new book being serialised in the Daily Mail, reporter Rob Beasley has revealed some of the private messages he has exchanged with Mourinho and one is especially inflammatory.
A few days after Mourinho branded Wenger a 'specialist in failure' back in 2014, he apparently sent a message to Beasley that suggested he was still annoyed by Wenger's comments over Chelsea's move to sell Juan Mata to Manchester United.
"When Mr Wenger criticises CFC and Man United over the deal with Mata...I will find him one day outside a football pitch and I will break his face," he is reported to have said.
Mourinho's Chelsea went on to beat Wenger's Arsenal 6-0 a few weeks after that incident, with Wenger refusing to speak to the media after the game as he said he needed to catch the Gunners team bus.
That incident inspired Mourinho to write this text: "Next time I lose a game I don't go to the press conference because the team bus is waiting for me."
Mourinho also gave Beasley his insight on the infamous touchline scuffle he had with Wenger at Stamford Bridge in October 2014, in this extract from the book:
I asked Jose what had happened and he revealed: 'He was asking for a red card and pressing the ref in my technical area. I told him to go back to his area. He pushed me.
'I told him, "Here you do that, you know I can't react, but I will meet you one day in the street".' Now I don't think Jose was ever serious about having fisticuffs with the Frenchman, he was just huffing and puffing and letting off steam.
I gave him the benefit of the doubt on this occasion, even though an article for me with Jose saying, 'Let's sort this out in the street, Arsene' would have been huge.
Mourinho also offered up his views on Arsenal's deal to sign keeper Petr Cech from Chelsea in the summer of 2015, as he was clearly unhappy with the deal, as confirmed in this extract:
He told me in an email: 'Mister Wenger wants Cech and he thinks about money...he is wrong!!! What I want is to f*** him...Want Cech?
"OK, I want (Theo) Walcott or (Alex) Oxlade-Chamberlain!!! Want a top goalkeeper? OK, I want a young player, s*** with you but I can make him top."
The comments do not paint Mourinho in a good light, but it is unclear whether the exchanges were ever meant for public consumption.
It certain adds to the intensity of the rivalry between these two managers, with these memorable exchanges captured on video for posterity: