Arsene Wenger begs Jose Mourinho not to goad him into one last battle when Arsenal travel to Manchester United

Wenger hopes his final game against Manchester United as Arsenal boss tomorrow will not be ruined by a bust-up.

He said: “Don’t push me into a final confrontation because I want to go peacefully.

“Mourinho is a great manager. I will say goodbye to Mourinho and to everybody.”

Wenger and Mourinho have been at each other’s throats for more than ten years. And the Gunners boss, who leaves the Emirates at the end of the season, hinted tomorrow might NOT be the last time they meet.

He said: “In France we say, ‘Au revoir’ — which means, ‘We might see you again’!


“Will I be friends with Mourinho? I don’t know. I respect him a lot.

“I don’t know what kind of reception I will get from the United fans but there have been some great battles between us.

“So if I get a good reception, I will take it.”

While Wenger is keen to avoid a final ruck, Mourinho admits he has regrets over the pair’s bust-ups.

The United boss said: “Regrets? Little negative episodes, yes I do — and probably he also does.

“There are little things where it would be better without them — some gestures, some words.”

Mourinho hopes Old Trafford fans give Wenger a good reception.

He said: “Manchester United fans know, until 2004 for about a decade, it was between United and Arsenal, between Sir Alex Ferguson and Mr Wenger.

“Those great teams Arsenal had and the fight shoulder-to-shoulder made Manchester United better.
“I hope he is going to feel the respect we have.”

Wenger may rest players ahead of Thursday’s Europa League return against Atletico Madrid and Henrikh Mkhitaryan could return from a knee injury.

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