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Arsenal boss Wenger: I wanted to face Mourinho

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger admits he had hoped to renew his rivalry with Jose Mourinho, now in charge of Inter Milan, in this weekend's Amsterdam tournament.

"We had some battles, which unfortunately Chelsea at that time won many times, but I would have loved to have played against Inter because they are a great side," Wenger said in a press conference televised on Sky Sports News.

"It is always interesting before the season starts to measure yourselves with the top teams in other countries because it gives you a little bit of a view of how well you can do in Europe if you qualify."

Mourinho - who left Chelsea in September last year and joined the Italian giants over the summer - would also have relished the chance to renew old rivalries.

"Now that we are in different countries, we agree more times," he quipped.

"I agree totally (playing other teams in Europe) and would choose that for my pre-season.

"We have played against Bayern Munich and now we are against Dutch and the Spanish.

"It is a pity we cannot play also against Arsenal.

"I think it is very important to play against different philosophies of football and tactics, to make things difficult for ourselves.

"In pre-season I do not like to win 10-0, I like friendly matches against good teams and to make it difficult for ourselves."

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