Wenger explains Mourinho’s omission from his book after Tottenham boss’s jibe

Arsenal legend Arsene Wenger has revealed the reason he did not mention long-term rival Jose Mourinho in his autobiography was because the current Tottenham Hotspur manager is still managing.

Mourinho's omission from Wenger's book, 'My Life In Red And White', came as a surprise to many, given their heated battles over the years.

The Portuguese tactician had his own theory on why he was not mentioned, saying: "Because he never beat me.

"You are not going to do a chapter about 12 or 14 matches and never win one so why should he speak about me in his book? A book is a thing to make you happy, to make you proud so I understand perfectly the situation."

Wenger then claimed dealing with Mourinho made him feel like he was "in kindergarten with him", telling Canal Football Club : "It doesn't bother me.

"It is permanent provocation. I feel like I'm in kindergarten with him. But, that's part of his personality.

"It's wrong, we beat him twice. We won, and there were also a lot of draws. And it is not 'you' who wins, you only participate in the victory. It is 'us' who win. The manager is there to get the most out of a team."

However, he has now explained that the likes of Mourinho, Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola do not get a mention because they are still managing.

Speaking to the Daily Mail, Wenger said: "It's why in the book I only speak about [former Manchester United manager Sir Alex] Ferguson – because we are not in the job anymore. Ferguson was a bad loser, just like me.

"I didn't want to talk about managers like Mourinho, Jurgen Klopp or Pep Guardiola, who are still in a job."

Wenger was also asked about the fact he has not been back to an English ground to watch a Premier League game since he left Arsenal and replied: "I will one day.

"Apparently, Tottenham have a fantastic new stadium. I’ve been invited by Daniel Levy."

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