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Wenger: Mourinho is ’embarrassing’

WENGER-ARMSLONDON, England, February 17-Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger refused to be drawn into a verbal joust with Jose Mourinho, stating only that the Portuguese tactician’s recent comments were ’embarrassing’.

The Blues boss called Wenger a ‘specialist in failure’ on Friday, although the Frenchman preferred to focus attention on the Gunners’ FA Cup fifth round win over Liverpool on Sunday.

Asked about Mourinho, Wenger told reporters: “I am embarrassed for him, honestly.

“First of all I would say that I didn’t speak about him at all in my press conference, and I have no more to say… I am more disappointed for Chelsea than for me.

“I am not interested in the subject at all, and that is really genuine. If you are interested, and you have nothing better to do in your life, you are free to do it.

“But honestly, I cannot force my interest in things that are not interesting for me. I love football and I’m sorry to disappoint you, but what interests me is what happens on the pitch.”

Turning the focus to their Emirates Stadium win this past weekend, where Arsenal exacted some revenge for their 5-1 defeat at Anfield last weekend, Wenger added: “It was vital for us to respond to the disappointing performance we had against Liverpool last week.

“It was vital as well because we had an opportunity to go to the quarter-final of the FA Cup. I am very pleased with the intensity of our commitment and our response, our determination.

“You could feel there was a clinical desire in my team to take every opportunity to ‘kill’ them. That’s why it was a great game between two good teams, and overall it was a fantastic FA Cup tie.

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