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Arsene Wenger believes Jose Mourinho provoked him in touchline spat


Despite neither side initially giving an inch following their confrontation on the touchline, Arsene Wenger has decided to be the bigger man.

But not without a caveat, of course. He wouldn’t dare concede completely to The Special One.

“In hindsight I think I should not have reacted at all, it’s not a way to behave on a football field,” the Frenchman told Téléfoot. “I always regret any signs of violence and I apologise, but that’s a part of games where everything is manic.”

However, he believes much of the blame lies on the other end as well.

“We have quite a substantial past. Did Mourinho provoke me? That is how I felt. I did not enter Chelsea’s technical area.”

Sure, maybe he didn’t enter Mourinho’s technical area (although it appears he did), but he certainly left his. There’s likely blame to fall on both sides, but at least Wenger admitted his actions were out of line.