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Arsene Wenger rubbishes Jose Mourinho comments

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has shrugged off Jose Mourinho's attempt to play down Chelsea's Premier League charge, insisting the Blues are very much in a triple title tussle before telling his fierce rival to step aside if he's not interested in the chase for silverware.

Chelsea underlined their title credentials with a superb 1-0 win against Manchester City at the Etihad on Monday night, but Mourinho was quick to insist after that success that his side are a "little horse" targeting next season as being the top side in English football.

Wenger has made it clear that he takes Mourinho's comments with a pinch of salt though, very much viewing Chelsea as direct challengers for the Premier League crown as just two points separates the London duo and Manchester City at the top of the table.

When asked in his pre-match press conference about Mourinho's Monday night comments Wenger responded: "I don't know, they are in there.

"It is easy to move out if you don't want! I just think they are in there, of course. We focus on our side and do not listen too much to what people say.

"What is important is that it is a period where you show up with good performances.

"There is no invincible team I think because there are so many quality teams in the Premier League. It is just about how close you are to your best every time which decides the game."

The Gunners hold a slender two-point lead at the top of the table heading into a daunting run of February fixtures, which begins this weekend against Liverpool at Anfield.

Manchester United visit the Emirates four days later in a period which promises to be a stern test of Arsenal's trophy-winning credentials, with an FA Cup clash with Liverpool and the first leg of a Champions League tie with Bayern Munich completing a daunting fortnight of fixtures.

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