Jose Mourinho won't back down over Wenger jibe

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Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has refused to apologise for his 'specialist in failure' dig at Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger.

The pair will go head to head once more this weekend, with both teams looking to land a serious blow in the Premier League title race.

The game will mark Wenger's 1000th game in charge of Arsenal - although Mourinho was in no mood to be charitable ahead of the match at Stamford Bridge.

Earlier this season, the Chelsea boss branded Wenger a 'specialist in failure' because the Frenchman, who said Chelsea would have no excuses if they don't win the title, has overseen nine years at the Emirates Stadium without a trophy.

Speaking ahead of Tomorrow's game, the Special One insisted he admired Wenger, but couldn't resist a sly dig at his rival for enduring 'plenty of bad moments' during his 17 years in north London.

"The tribute is to say that I believe that any one of us, we would love to have the same privilege with our clubs," Mourinho said.

When asked if he regretted his dig at Wenger, the Chelsea boss replied: "You have to ask him if he regrets the comments he made," he said.

"Then I'll answer you. Next question please.

"I admire him and I admire Arsenal, because it's not possible to have 1,000 matches unless the club is also a fantastic club in the way they support the manager, especially in the bad moments and especially when the bad moments were quite a lot. I admire the manager and the club."

Chelsea currently sit top of the Premier League with Arsenal four points back - although the Gunners have a game in hand.

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