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Jose: I won't say sorry to Wenger

Chelsea boss unapologetic for calling Frenchman a 'specialist in failure'

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho declined the opportunity to apologise for describing Arsene Wenger as "a specialist in failure" and merely wishes to move on ahead of tomorrow's Premier League contest with Arsenal.

In February, Mourinho responded to comments by Wenger with the verbal taunt, which was pored over as the managers' relationship was analysed once more.

The Frenchman, pointing at Mourinho's insistence that his side were outside bets for the championship, had declared that the title was Chelsea's to lose and said anyone who claimed their team were not in the race did so out of fear of failure.

The following month, Chelsea beat the Gunners 6-0 but, in May, Wenger ended Arsenal's nine-year silverware drought by winning the FA Cup, while Mourinho's Blues endured a trophyless season.

"It was a consequence of something," Mourinho said yesterday of his taunt.

"It was not a deliberate first option to say something. I didn't get an apology. I don't apologise."

Mourinho wants to leave the comment in the past.

"You don't need to apologise," added the Portuguese, who last season did say "sorry" for calling Wenger a "voyeur" during his first spell.

"To go over it, to forget it and to move forward without thinking about what happened.

"We don't need that, finish, move and let's go for another match with big responsibility for both of us.

"We have the responsibility not to win, to give a good football match and for (the) millions of fans that both clubs have. No problems."

This week, Wenger celebrated 18 years as Arsenal manager, an achievement labelled "amazing" by Mourinho.

He is yet to claim victory over a Chelsea side led by Mourinho, though.

His 11th attempt, in his 1,000th game in charge in March, ended in that 6-0 embarrassment at Stamford Bridge.

Mourinho places little importance on last season's result.

"The 6-0 is once every 50 years, it's not year after year," Mourinho said.

"It's once in a life (time). Me against Arsene Wenger, I never had the pleasure to play one against one against him, beach soccer or nothing. It was always between Chelsea and Arsenal.

"Can we win again? Yes, we can. It's a big match against a very good team."

The absence of Didier Drogba (ankle) will satisfy Wenger somewhat, given the Ivory Coast striker's record against the Gunners in his eight-year first spell.

Drogba scored 13 goals in 14 games against Arsenal, finishing on the losing end once in that time.

- PA Sport.