Chelsea vs Arsenal: Jose Mourinho ready to shake Arsene Wenger's hand

The Chelsea manager will try to end a series of unedifying spats

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Jose Mourinho is prepared to shake Arsène Wenger’s hand at Stamford Bridge today, as Chelsea and Arsenal meet in the lunchtime kick-off in the Premier League.

The Chelsea manager will try to end a series of unedifying spats before kick-off and will wait by the tunnel for the traditional handshake with his counterpart. Wenger yesterday refused to say if he would reciprocate.

The last time the two met, at the Community Shield last month, Mourinho and Wenger ignored one another after the Frenchman had collected his medal. When the teams met at Stamford Bridge last season, Mourinho and Wenger pushed each other in the technical area.




There was little of the verbal sparring yesterday that has characterised the build-up to previous games and no barbs comparable to when Mourinho called Wenger a “specialist in failure” last year. Wenger refused to answer almost any questions about Mourinho and Chelsea, but said that he hoped signing goalkeeper Petr Cech from them would give his side  the psychological edge in today’s game.

“It can work yes,” said Wenger. “You know you have to score the perfect goal in front of him. You want him on your side.”

After Arsenal beat Chelsea in the Community Shield, Wenger wants his team to register what would be his first league win over a Mourinho side. “It is the first important step,” he said. “We want to show now a second one.”

Arsenal released their financial figures yesterday, revealing the club now has a cash reserve of £193m. The results, for the year to 31 May, put the club’s total turnover at £344.5m. Match-day revenue from the Emirates brought in more than £100m.



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