Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has reacted angrily to comments from Chelsea gaffer Jose Mourinho claiming he is the only Premier League manager not under pressure. The 65-year-old has also launched a stinging attack towards media criticism of his decision to select David Ospina for the Champions League defeat to Olympiacos in a stunning rant ahead of the visit of leaders Manchester United.
Following the hugely controversial encounter between the two sides at Stamford Bridge, Mourinho indicated that only one boss in the top flight is not under pressure over his job. When asked to specifically identify the manager, he responded "you know". The thinly veiled attack on Wenger is the latest in a long line of jibes between the pair; however the Gunners boss has been unable to keep his cool.
Asked whether Wenger's lack of accountability over his selection decisions meant his position was permanently protected at Arsenal, the 65-year-old said, according to The Mirror: "Stop that story or we stop the press conference. I am accountable by the results of my team and the way we play football."
The threat followed continued questions regarding the reasons for Ospina being selected ahead of Petr Cech for the 3-2 loss to Olympiacos, which saw the Chile international drop the ball in his own net as Arsenal lost a second Champions League group game on the trot. Wenger has refused to confirm who will start against United and says the media are following a "bandwagon".
"You come to the game, you assess the game and you judge was I right or wrong," the Arsenal boss stated. "I never criticised that. I accept your judgement on how the team played and what is your assessment but I do not have to give you all the information that I have to make my decisions. I make the decision that I feel is right on the day.
"We have two games in training. Do not always come back with that same story. You lack creativity in the press at the moment and you follow the bandwagon that is very, very, very boring. I don't go along with that. If you have any interesting questions for Sunday's game I can answer but you always go back to the same story."