José Mourinho has had a long-standing rivalry with Arsene

José Mourinho has had a long-standing rivalry with Arsene Wenger and this is seen no signs of simmering down in the last few years even after the departure of Mourinho to foreign leagues.

Ever since his return back to the Premier League, the Portuguese has been highly critical of Wenger and his inability to win trophies on a regular basis. He even termed the Frenchman as ‘a specialist in failure’ a few seasons ago. Now, though, there seems to be a change in stance after having seen Wenger lift back-to-back FA Cup titles. Mourinho now reckons that Wenger’s men will be a force to reckon with next season.

Arsenal have failed to win the Premier League since the Invincibles achieved it in the 2003-04 season. However, they are expected to strengthen once again in the summer. The club has already signed players like Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez in the last two summer transfer windows. Ironically, one of the high profile transfers that is expected to take place at the Emirates stadium will be involving Petr Cech. The former Chelsea number one goalkeeper is unhappy at being constantly on the fringes of the first-team. He is widely expected to depart, but Arsenal could be his surprise destination.

"If he is right and I am afraid of failure it is because I didn't fail many times. Eight years without silverware, that's failure. He's a specialist in failure. If I do that in Chelsea, eight years, I leave and don't come back," said Mourinho back in February 2014."I believe (Arsenal) have a top manager, I'm not making fun here. They will be even harder to beat next season," is the opinion of Mourinho after having seen Arsenal win two FA Cup titles. During the same period, Chelsea also have won only two trophies.