Wenger refuses to blow smoke up Mourinho’s a***

Matthew Briggs

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says there is “no chance” Chelsea will be relegated under Jose Mourinho, but refused to blow smoke up the a*** of his Chelsea counterpart.

Chelsea’s 2-1 defeat at Leicester on Monday, which Wenger says underlines the Foxes Premier League title credentials, was their ninth of the season and leaves the ailing champions in 16th place in the league table.

Mourinho’s chances of defending the title have already evaporated and a place in the top four is now a tall order, but when asked whether they would go down, he replied: “No. The quality of their team (makes me sure they will stay up).

“If you ask me will Chelsea fight not to go down, I say ‘no chance’. They are going through a difficult time, but they are not in a relegation battle,” said Wenger. And when asked whether Mourinho was a also a reason why relegation was not likely, he added: “Yes, that as well.”

However, Wenger, who has had numerous high-profile run-ins with Mourinho was not prepared to elaborate on the Chelsea boss’ influence at Stamford Bridge.

“That’s one question too many,” he said, when he told there was one more question on the subject.

“It’s not my problem, my problem is the game on Monday night. I do not want to assess the situation of Chelsea.

“It is not my problem and not my interest as well.”

Wenger also hailed Leicester’s form this season and admitted he always took them “seriously” after beating them 5-2 King Power earlier in the season.

“It’s good not only for English football and it’s good for everybody. Teams with not the biggest budget can compete swell.

“It’s very positive – they (Leicester) put in a  fantastic performance on Monday night.

“I always took them seriously but when we won 5-2 there, no one took our performance so seriously. Since you see it was a great result.”

Meanwhile, the Gunners boss also hailed in-form Gunners playmaker Mesut Ozil.

“Players who can make you score have something special on the vision front and the technical front.

“In his way he is an exceptional fighter. He covers distances and now runs into the box. He has become an absolutely unbelievable player,” added Wenger.