Arsene Wenger's shoes

Arsene Wenger hits out at Jose Mourinho and his style of football

Parking the bus

Arsene Wenger has claimed he doesn’t even know what parking the bus is after being asked if he should have shut up shop against Liverpool once his side got the lead.

The Arsenal manager is certainly not an advocate of boring or defensive football, and that’s something Jose Mourinho apparently loves – and back in 2004 used the phrase ‘parking the bus’ after a draw with Manchester United, who ironically he of course manages now and who park the bus a fair bit.

From Wenger’s point of view, he doesn’t know what that means, and he thinks it has nothing to do with football.

“I don’t know what you mean by parking the bus,” Standard Sport report Wenger said.

“I don’t know who created this expression but it has not a lot to do with football.

“We defended well but you know with their quality going forward they can always score goals. But I hoped that we could score one as well.

“In the second half we were not so much in trouble but they have quality everywhere. It’s difficult to say that you can guarantee you don’t concede a goal.”


Mourinho won’t be pleased when hearing those comments, but one thing he will enjoy is the news that United are apparently even closer to landing Mesut Ozil.

Mourinho worked with the player at Real Madrid, and wants to sign him either this winter for a cut priced fee – or in the summer for free once he leaves Arsenal.

It’s another example of Arsenal players leaving for their rivals, and it’s certainly one that would go down badly with Arsenal fans, especially after Robin van Persie left the Gunners and went on to win the title with Man United but once Ozil is out of contract, there is of course little Arsenal can do to stop him going where he wants.

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