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Tuesday 22 August 2017

Wenger: I don't regret that 'push' on Mourinho

Fourth Official Jonathan Moss comes between Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho during the Barclays Premier League match between at Stamford Bridge
Fourth Official Jonathan Moss comes between Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho during the Barclays Premier League match between at Stamford Bridge

Arsene Wenger attempted to make light of his shove on Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho after Arsenal fell to a 2-0 loss at Stamford Bridge which saw the Blues extend their advantage at the top of the Premier League to five points.

Eden Hazard, with a first-half penalty, and Diego Costa, with his ninth goal in seven league games, struck as Wenger's bid for a first win against a Chelsea side managed by Mourinho goes on.

In 12 attempts the Frenchman is still to taste victory and his frustrations boiled over after Gary Cahill's tackle from behind on Alexis Sanchez in the 20th minute, when he pushed Mourinho in the chest as he strode towards the Chile forward.

Asked if he regretted the managers' long-running feud turning physical, Wenger said: "No. What is to regret after that?

"I wanted to go from A to B and somebody confronted me in between without any sign of welcome.

"B was Sanchez, to see how badly he was injured."

BACK OFF

Mourinho told the Frenchman to "back off" as the Gunners boss firmly planted two hands on the Portuguese's chest - risking Football Association disciplinary action - and the pair also eye-balled each other in close quarters.

"Honestly I don't listen to what he says," Wenger added.

"Look I trust you that you (the media) will teach me all the moral lessons over the next three weeks. And I can accept that."

Wenger admitted it was a push, saying "a little one".

He added: "I can try to push you. You can see when I really try to push."

The managers have a long history of conflict.

Mourinho on Friday refused to apologise for in February labelling Wenger "a specialist in failure" and their latest contretemps will have soured the relationship further.

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