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Sunday 4 December 2016

'I have nothing more to say about this situation' - Wenger refuses to discuss Mourinho

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has no interest in reopening a war of words with Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho ahead of Saturday's Barclays Premier League clash at Stamford Bridge.

The rival coaches squared up in the dugout last season during the Blues' 2-0 win and then following Arsenal's victory in the 2015 FA Community Shield at Wembley there was no handshake between the pair.

However, despite the intense media focus on the pair's simmering rivalry, which has included Mourinho once branding the long-serving Arsenal manager a "specialist in failure", Wenger would rather his side's performance on the pitch make the headlines.

He said: "No special relationship (between any manager) is my worry, all I worry about is our performance tomorrow.

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"I respect everybody in the job and focus on what I love and that is football. All the rest honestly does not concern me much.

"Realistically people come to watch football and all the rest is a little bit secondary. What is important is the quality of what we will see tomorrow morning at 12.45 and you want people to focus on that."

Asked if he would shake Mourinho's hand and if he regretted their touchline bust-up, Wenger replied: "I don't want to talk about that. I have nothing more to say about this situation."

Wenger was asked if he felt Chelsea were in decline. He replied: "I don't know, I leave that to the specialists. I take care of my team and my own problems."

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