Mourinho silly and disrespectful, says Wenger

London: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger continued the war of words with Jose Mourinho on Sunday, calling the Chelsea coach`s criticism of him 48 hours earlier "silly disrespectful remarks".

On Friday, Mourinho dubbed the Frenchman "a specialist in failure" for going almost nine years without winning a trophy.

Wenger was then on solid ground to offer a withering response after Arsenal edged a rousing FA Cup fifth-round tie against Liverpool 2-1 at the Emirates Stadium.

"I don`t want to get into those silly disrespectful remarks," Wenger told BT Sport television.

"I never spoke about him in my press conference and I will not start that. The only thing I know, it`s more embarrassing for Chelsea than for me.

"I am embarrassed for him ... honestly."

Twenty-four hours after Mourinho`s verbal attack on Wenger, his Chelsea side lost 2-0 at Manchester City in their fifth-round encounter.

"I am more disappointed for Chelsea than for me," added Wenger of the Portuguese`s verbal attack. "I am not interested in the subject at all and that is really genuine.

"Honestly I cannot force my interest in things I am not interested in," he told reporters. "I love football and I am sorry to disappoint you but what is interesting for me is what happens on the pitch."

Mourinho`s criticism was in response to Wenger who had said earlier on Friday that the Premier League title was Chelsea`s to lose as they were top of the table.


He also hinted that the Portuguese had ruled his side out of the race because of a fear of failure.

In terms of matters on the pitch, Arsenal were not at their best against Liverpool but took a 2-0 lead with goals from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Lukas Podolski.

Liverpool struck back with a Steven Gerrard penalty after a foul on Luis Suarez, missed several other good chances and were denied a second spot kick by 2010 World Cup referee Howard Webb.

Suarez, tripped by Podolski for the first penalty, was involved again when he was clattered by Oxlade-Chamberlain but this time his appeals were waved away.

"The second one was even clearer than the first," said Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers.

"Howard was in a great position. I am not sure if it was because it was so close to the other but we are bitterly disappointed.

"It looked a blatant penalty. It can be the defining moment once again."

The same referee also denied Liverpool a penalty when Suarez appeared to be fouled by Samuel Eto`o in their 2-1 league defeat at Chelsea in December.

Rodgers said he hoped Suarez`s reputation for going to ground too easily did not cloud Webb`s judgement.

"I think it`s the type of player he is. We provoke a lot of challenges because of the aggression in our offensive game," the Liverpool manager explained.

"Luis is always in the box and quite a lot of the time he does not get what he deserves. The one at Chelsea was a clear penalty and if it is a penalty he should have had it independently of his reputation."