Arsene Wenger has not been back to watch a Premier League game since stepping down as Arsenal boss two years ago.
But the legendary former Gunners boss has revealed he has had at least one invitation – from Daniel Levy, the chairman of Arsenal’s fierce rivals Tottenham.
During most of Wenger’s 22-year-reign as Arsenal boss, his side were the top dogs in north London, winning three Premier League titles and seven FA Cups while Spurs underachieved.
The balance was tilted back in Tottenham’s favour a little under Mauricio Pochettino, who turned Spurs back into a top-four side and led them to the Champions League final before being replaced by Jose Mourinho last year.
Now Wenger could be set to come face to face with his old adversary Mourinho, after Levy offered him the chance to experience matchday at the state-of-the-art Tottenham Hotspur stadium.
Asked about the fact he hadn’t visited a Premier League stadium since his Arsenal days, Wenger told the Daily Mail : “‘I will one day. Apparently, Tottenham have a fantastic new stadium. I’ve been invited by Daniel Levy.”
Some were wars of words waged remotely via press conferences – with Wenger coining the “parking the bus” idiom and Mourinho branding his rival “a failure”.
But other times they clashed nose-to-nose on the touchline as the pair brought out the worst in each other, while Wenger also had a row with Alan Pardew.
“I think I managed 1,235 games for Arsenal,” said Wenger. “And I controlled myself for 1,225. The other 10, well…
“But every time I didn’t, I regretted it, because I hadn’t behaved as I should and I felt responsibility towards the club for that.
“Sometimes I thought I was provoked or resented the behaviour of somebody else. Some games I went in with an aggressive level above what it should be, so it didn’t take much to go overboard.”
Asked if he was referring to Mourinho, Wenger said: “Yes, it was a bit like that with Jose Mourinho but now it has calmed down.”
Wenger has recently written a book ‘My Life in Red and White’, in which he talks about his rivalry with Manchester United legend Sir Alex Ferguson.
He said: “In the book I only speak about Ferguson because we are not in the job any more. Ferguson was a bad loser, like me.
“I didn’t want to talk about managers like Mourinho, Jurgen Klopp or Pep Guardiola, who are still working.”
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