Chelsea defeated Arsenal with relative ease at Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon.
The Blues had the measure of their visitors pretty much from the word and go and, for neutral at least, the on-going feud between Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger on the touchline was the headline act.
Mourinho and Wenger have provided plenty sideline entertainment down the years and with the tackles flying at Stamford Bridge on Sunday the two were soon at loggerheads once more.
It didn’t take long at all for the pair to clash.
Not for the first time, Wenger and Mourinho were at loggerheads on the touchline.
Wenger is growing tired of losing to the Blues and soon fell out with his opposite number.
As soon as Chelsea defender Gary Cahill clattered through Arsenal’s big summer signing Alexis Sanchez near the touchline in the first half, the scene was set for the latest rat-a-tat-tat between these long-time sparring partners.
With Sunday’s Chelsea victory taking Wenger’s record against Mourinho’s side to played 12, won 0 it is hard not imagine the Frenchman is carrying a chip on his shoulder when facing his London rivals.
Sanchez was left stricken on the turf and Wenger headed for the Chelsea technical area where he was unceremoniously halted by a Mourinho body check.
Wenger was swiftly sent back towards his own dugout by the fourth official.
Like their manager, Arsenal found Chelsea’s rearguard impassable and after Eden Hazard put the home side ahead
from the penalty spot, Diego Costa added a second goal late in the game to put Chelsea five points clear at the top of the Premier League.
That former Gunners captain Cesc Fabregas played the killer pass for Costa’s goal would only have added to Wenger’s sense of frustration.
Mourinho vs. Wenger – They’ve got previous – Here are some previously traded blows between the pair:
- October 2005: Mourinho “Wenger has a real problem with us and I think he is what you call in England a voyeur. He is someone who like to watch other people. There are some guys who, when they are at home have this big telescope to look into the homes of other people and see what is happening. Wenger must be one of them – it is a sickness.
- November 2005: Wenger “He’s out of order, disconnected with reality and disrespectful. When you give success to stupid people, it makes them more stupid sometimes and not more intelligent.”
More fun and games
With the game at an end and Chelsea victorious, it was left to the post-game interviews for the managers to apply the finishing touches and score some late points off each other.
As is often the case with Mourinho in victory, he had little problem with the incident afterwards choosing to play it down and apply some wit and sarcasm instead.
“For me, it is over. But the technical area is very clear- I have mine, he has his and he cannot come into mine, especially to put pressure on the referee to give a red card to my player.”
For his part, the Arsenal boss suggested he was merely interested in his player’s welfare and he brushed off the push on Mourinho.
“I wanted to go from A to B and somebody stopped me in between. The B was to see how badly Sanchez was injured,” he declared wryly.
Like a pair of school yard rivals, Wenger and Mourinho rarely disappoint.