Wenger says it’s Arsenal against Chelsea, not him against Mourinho

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= INCLUDES WHITE FLASH = SHOWS: LONDON COLNEY, ENGLAND, UK (APRIL 23, 2015) (ITN – SEE RESTRICTIONS) 1. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ARSENAL MANAGER ARSENE WENGER, ASKED IF CHELSEA MANAGER JOSE MOURINHO IS

Wenger says it’s Arsenal against Chelsea, not him against Mourinho

= INCLUDES WHITE FLASH =

SHOWS: LONDON COLNEY, ENGLAND, UK (APRIL 23, 2015) (ITN – SEE RESTRICTIONS)

1. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ARSENAL MANAGER ARSENE WENGER, ASKED IF CHELSEA MANAGER JOSE MOURINHO IS ‘DIFFERENT’ SINCE RETURNING TO ENGLISH FOOTBALL, SAYING:

“I don’t know and I do not want to talk about that because I think what is interesting for people is when the game starts at four o’clock to have a great game. That’s what English football needs is that Arsenal against Chelsea is a big football game. It’s not about a relationship between the managers”

2. WHITE FLASH

3. (SOUNDBITE) (English) WENGER RESPONDING TO REPORTER SUGGESTING MOURINHO IS A TACTICAL GENIUS, SAYING:

“Look, you are the judge, you watch the games. It’s not (for) me to assess. My job is to focus my team on the game and to prepare my team. Your job is to assess all the geniuses you can meet (LAUGHTER) and I leave you that job”

STORY: Arsene Wenger gets another chance finally to beat his old nemesis and keep the Premier League title race alive for a little longer when Arsenal host leaders Chelsea and Jose Mourinho on Sunday (April 26).

For all the Frenchman’s achievements during his long reign in north London, he has never enjoyed a win against a side managed by the Portuguese.

Five draws and seven defeats, the last of which was an acrimonious 2-0 reverse at Stamford Bridge when Wenger became embroiled in a touchline spat with Mourinho, is a miserable record that the Frenchman is keen to improve upon.

Asked at a news conference on Thursday if Mourinho was ‘different’ since his return to Chelsea, Wenger said: “I don’t know and I do not want to talk about that because I think what is interesting for people is when the game starts at four o’clock to have a great game. That’s what English football needs is that Arsenal against Chelsea is a big football game. It’s not about a relationship between the managers.”

When a reporter said some people think Mourinho is a tactical genius, Wenger smiled and commented: “Look, you are the judge, you watch the games. It’s not (for) me to assess. My job is to focus my team on the game and to prepare my team. Your job is to assess all the geniuses you can meet and I leave you that job.”

A first victory on Sunday would slow, if only temporarily, Chelsea’s charge towards a first English title since 2010 and keep alive Arsenal’s remote hopes of ending their own, much longer, wait for the Premier League silverware.

With both sides having six games to play, Chelsea are 10 points clear of Arsenal and 11 ahead of Manchester United, who have only five games remaining.

Wenger’s team are on an eight-match winning run in the Premier League and although they have struck title-winning form too late, victory over Chelsea would be sweet.

Victory for Chelsea at The Emirates Stadium Sunday and again at lowly Leicester City on Wednesday would see them clinch the title, Mourinho’s third at Stamford Bridge after his back-to-back triumphs from 2005-06 during his first stint in charge.

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