Wenger refrains from mocking Jose

Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger shake hands before the match between Chelsea and Arsenal in September.
Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger shake hands before the match between Chelsea and Arsenal in September. PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON • Arsene Wenger chose not to gloat over a 14-point gap that exists between Arsenal and fierce rivals Chelsea after his side cruised to a 3-0 win over Swansea.

Wenger has a tempestuous relationship with Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho and the Gunners manager was presented with an opportunity to take a swipe at his old enemy following Saturday's stroll at the Liberty Stadium.

Chelsea were beaten 1-3 by Liverpool in a result that increased the pressure on Mourinho, whose side are down in 15th place.

NOT FAIR

We concede the goal on 2 minutes 35 seconds. Everything is a consequence of some crucial moments, moments that the stadium saw. The players more than saw. They felt it.

JOSE MOURINHO, suggesting that refereeing decisions continue to go against Chelsea, after his team conceded a first-half stoppage-time equaliser and went on to lose to Liverpool

But Wenger refused the chance to mock his rival.

"I don't talk about that too much. We must focus on our own game and try to keep a good balance.

"We need to keep our calmness, humility and our hunger and confidence," he said.

"I'm just very pleased with the result here. It's always a difficult game against Swansea.

"Last year, they took six points off us so we came here a bit edgy.

"I felt that once we scored the first goal, we were the dominant force in the game."

Olivier Giroud's opener was his fourth goal in five games and the 2,000th scored by Arsenal since Wenger took charge in 1996.

Further strikes from Laurent Koscielny and Joel Campbell, who started on the right of midfield in his first Premier League start, sealed the victory.

Arsenal's form is in stark contrast to Chelsea's.

While the Gunners have won all their last five league games, the Blues have triumphed just once.

The future of Mourinho remained clouded in doubt yesterday, with various reports over the extent of his job security.

Citing sources in Portugal, The Mirror said he was "on the brink" and could be sacked before Wednesday's Champions League home tie against Dynamo Kiev.

The Sun claimed he has been given two games to save his job.

The Independent reported he will be given until end-November to get Chelsea back on track.

What is certain is that the under-fire manager faces a challenging few weeks ahead.

Chelsea's next three Premier League games are against sides - Stoke City, Norwich and Tottenham Hotspur - that they failed to beat when they last met.

Stoke (1-1), Norwich (0-0) and Spurs (5-3) all managed to get a result against the Blues in their title-winning season last term.

And Mourinho suggested on Saturday that officiating decisions continued to go against them.

"Two minutes extra-time (were shown on the board) and we concede the goal on 2 minutes 35 seconds," he said.

"Everything is a consequence of some crucial moments, moments that the stadium saw.

"The players more than saw. They felt it.

"And, from now, what happens is just a consequence."

His complaints also centred on Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva, already booked by referee Mark Clattenburg for a foul on John Obi Mikel, escaping a second yellow card 10 minutes later for pulling down Ramires.

"I am punished by the FA if I tell you (what I think)," he said.

"You have doubts? I cannot say because I'll be punished.

"The fourth official told me to 'Shut up' or I'll be sent off.

"So I can't express my feelings, in any way at all."

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE, THE GUARDIAN

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 02, 2015, with the headline 'Wenger refrains from mocking Jose'. Print Edition | Subscribe