Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho plead innocence after clash

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Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho both pleaded innocence after a heated touchline altercation during Chelsea's victory over Arsenal at Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon.

Wenger and Mourinho became involved in something of a shoving match after the Arsenal manager reacted to a foul by Gary Cahill on Alexis Sanchez, which resulted in a yellow card for the Chelsea defender.

Mourinho was clearly pushed by his Arsenal counterpart as the pair berated each other, and Wenger claims that the Chelsea manager 'confronted' him as he went to check on the well being of his stricken player.

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Wenger response

"Yes [it was a red card]," Wenger said in the post-match press conference.

"I wanted to go from A to B and someone confronted me in between. B was Sanchez to see how badly he was injured."

When asked what Mourinho had said to him to result in this dramatic incident, Wenger responded: "Honestly I don't listen to what he says." The Frenchman went on to add that Mourinho would have known about it had he decided to 'really push' him.

Mourinho, meanwhile, claimed to have no issue with this clash, although laid the blame at the door of Wenger, who had walked into the opposition technical area when the spat occurred.

Mourinho defends himself

"It becomes heated because we are big clubs, it is a big game, and it is important for big rivals," Mourinho said.

"There are two technical areas - one for me and one for him. He came into mine, not for the right reasons. He was trying to press the referee to give a red card and I didn't like that.

"I do so many wrong things in football, sometimes you lose emotion, but not this time - this time I was in my technical area and it was not my problem."

Chelsea's 2-0 win ensured they moved nine points clear of their London rivals, and the Blues have now taken 19 points from a possible 21 this season. But they had to work hard for this win, and it was a resolute defensive display that ensured Arsenal were overcome.

Eden Hazard opened the scoring from with a penalty after he had won the spot-kick himself but it was not until the latter stages that Chelsea were able to finally strike a killer blow.

Diego Costa, who had been quiet for much of the afternoon, was the scorer - his ninth of the season - after Cesc Fabregas had provided the pass over the top of the Arsenal defence.

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