Arsenal v Bayern Munich: 'Arsene Wenger is not a specialist in failure,' says Bayern coach Pep Guardiola

Guardiola had kinder words for the Gunners manager than Jose Mourinho

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Arsene Wenger, who has not won a trophy since 2005, was spectacularly branded a "specialist in failure" by Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho last week, but Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola, whose side face Arsenal in the Champions League last 16 first-leg tie at the Emirates Stadium tonight, does not agree with the Portuguese's point of view.

Guardiola is no stranger to silverware, having won 18 trophies as manager during spells at Barcelona, and now Bayern, who he joined over the summer, but says that success cannot be measured on winning trophies alone.

"This life is not just about winning trophies," Guardiola said.

"Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. Arsenal compete with huge teams. Chelsea, Manchester United, Manchester City - they are important teams. But Arsenal remains a good team and good club.

"I have a lot of respect for my colleague Arsene - he always likes the good, good players, the good style of football."

Jose Mourinho had some harsh words for Arsene Wenger

Like Wenger, Guardiola also had very public spats with Mourinho when the pair were both managing in Spain, when Mourinho was in charge of Real Madrid and Guardiola at Barca.

Mourinho's now famous comment on Wenger came last Friday after he responded to Wenger's jibe that the Chelsea manager has a "fear to fail" because of his cautious attitude to winning the title this season.

In the four previous matches between Wenger and Guardiola, the Spaniard has won two, with one defeat and one draw, and the Bayern coach claims that the way to play against the Gunners is by not allowing them the ball.

"If we let them have the ball, we are going to suffer. So we have to make sure we monopolise the ball."

He added: "I learned you can never dominate for 90 minutes against Arsenal."

"You can dominate for certain moments, but with these quality players at Arsenal we have a problem.

"Arsenal are not a new team in this competition. I am pretty sure they will play to win the game, not for a 0-0.

"I know we are favourites - I can’t deny that. But I have to handle that, to live every game, to accept we are favourites."

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