Wenger replies when asked about Mourinho rivalry ahead of Arsenal v Man United

The Arsenal manager is tight-lipped on his rivalry with Man United boss Jose Mourinho

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger Photo: The Sport Review

Arsene Wenger refused to discuss his rivlary with Jose Mourinho ahead of what the Arsenal manager described as a “promising” clash against Manchester United at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday evening.

The Gunners will head into the top of the table clash full of confidence following a three-game winning run in the Premier League.

Arsenal responded from a 3-1 loss to leaders Manchester City at The Etihad before the international break with a brilliant performance in a 2-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur in the north London derby at the start of November.

The Gunners were 1-0 winners against Burnley last weekend thanks to Alexis Sanchez’s added-time winner before Arsenal scored five against Huddersfield Town without replay at The Emirates on Wednesday night.

Arsenal have won their last 12 games in the Premier League at The Emirates ahead of the visit of second-placed Manchester United, who have also won their last three top-flight outings.

Wenger and Mourinho have a bitter rivalry from the Portuguese coach’s two spells in charge of Chelsea.

But the Arsenal boss refused to be drawn into a potential war of words when asked about Mourinho during his post-match media conference following their 5-0 win over Huddersfield on Wednesday night.

“It is a game between Arsenal and Man United at home,” Wenger said.

“I just want to focus and to prepare well my team, and give my team a good chance to win the game. Man United is doing well at the moment, we are doing well at the moment, so it looks to be a promising game.”

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