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Mourinho takes aim at Wenger again with new jibe

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho. Credit: PA

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho could not resist making a thinly-veiled dig at Arsenal counterpart Arsene Wenger when asked about Manchester City's faith in Manuel Pellegrini.

Mourinho was asked if he was surprised to hear the news of Pellegrini's contract extension.

"Why?" he said. "Some other clubs, they have disappointed for 15 years and the manager is the same."

It appeared to be another jibe at the long-serving Arsenal manager, who Mourinho once labelled a "specialist in failure".

Chelsea take on Man City in the Premier League 'El Cashico' later today.

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Pardew buries hatchet and praises 'great' Wenger

Alan Pardew (left) and Arsene Wenger have had their disagreements. Credit: John Walton/PA Wire

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew has described Arsene Wenger as one of the great managers ahead of their Premier League match-up on Sunday.

Palace take on Arsenal at Selhurst Park hoping to extend a poor start to the season for the Gunners, who suffered a shock defeat to West Ham on the opening weekend.

The pair clashed on the touchline in 2006 when Wenger took exception to Pardew celebrating a last-minute winner for West Ham, and Pardew has also criticised the Frenchman for failing to promote English players.

The Eagles boss insists those disagreements after now firmly in the past.

"On the touchline we all have run-ins - we've both been in this game a long time," he said.

"In my opinion he is one of the great managers, absolutely. I don't think we'd ever seen the type of football played in the Premier League before Arsene.

"He definitely educated coaches and managers in this country on the beauty of possession.

"He's a very brave manager to play the way he does week in week out and stick to the principles he has.

Arsenal midfielder could face months out injured

Wenger isn't sure how long Rosicky will be sidelined for. Credit: PA

Manager Arsene Wenger admits Arsenal do not know how long Tomas Rosicky will be sidelined for following knee surgery, but revealed midfielder Jack Wilshere was on schedule with his recovery from a hairline fracture in his ankle.

Rosicky, who agreed a contract extension at the end of last season, has been struggling with a knee problem since June following international duty with the Czech Republic, and is set for another lengthy spell of rehabilitation.

Wenger suggested the club were reluctant to place any specific time frame on the recovery of the 34-year-old, who has endured a string of fitness issues over his Arsenal career.

"Tomas has had surgery on his knee. His agent said he will be out for one or two months, but it will be longer. How long exactly, we don't know yet," Wenger confirmed to the club's official website.

Chelsea manager backs referee abuse clampdown

Jose Mourinho has welcomed the Football Association's crackdown on abuse of match officials, despite his at times fractious relationship with football's authorities.

Jose Mourinho behaved himself last season. Credit: PA

A new code of conduct will see touchline staff who abuse officials first given a verbal warning before being sent to the stand in the event of a repeat offence.

The Chelsea manager says he behaved well last term, before pointedly referring to the moment he was pushed in the chest by Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger at Stamford Bridge last October.

"I am very happy because last season I had fantastic behaviour on the touchline. I was never sent to the stands, I was never punished for my behaviour," Mourinho told talkSPORT.

"I always had good relations with the fourth official I had a new experience in my career, which is always welcome, because I was pushed in the technical area by another manager and it was a good experience for me to keep my emotional control."

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Video: Arsenal boss explains Walcott's 'special destiny'

Arsene Wenger believes Theo Walcott has a "special destiny" because nothing has gone to plan throughout his international career.

The Gunners boss was tackling questions about an interview he conducted earlier this week where he mentioned Walcott's destiny, and used the opportunity to praise him for overcoming two big setbacks stretching back ten years.

The England winger was a shock inclusion in England's 2006 World Cup squad at the age of 17, but failed to make an appearance in Germany. He was overlooked by Fabio Capbello four years later, while injury ruled him out of last year's World Cup in Brazil.

Addressing the media this morning, Wenger said:

It's unusual that a boy at 17 years-old goes to the World Cup and that after he has the problems, for example, when England went to Brazil [Walcott was injured].

He was not selected by Capello in 2010 in South Africa and after in 2014 he was injured, you know. It's special. When a boy goes at 17 years of age to the World Cup you think he will make four or five appearance, so he's a special player.

He's had special tests on the mental front an overcome them all. So, I think he will have a special destiny as a player because nothing happens like planned with him but he always responds in a very strong way.

– Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger
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