Football - Wenger record means nothing - Jose

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has played down the significance of his personal stranglehold over Arsene Wenger ahead of Monday's top-of-the-table clash.

In nine attempts, Wenger's Arsenal has never beaten Mourinho's Chelsea and the 10th meeting takes place with the Christmas Day Premier League summit at stake.

Mourinho's Chelsea have won five and drawn four times in a duel which dates back over nine years, but the Portuguese insisted the sequence is merely because his side has played better on each occasion.

"It's not me against Wenger," said Mourinho, whose side could overtake the Gunners and go top of the standings.

"It's my Chelsea against his Arsenal. And that (the record) doesn't play Monday. It has no influence. That stat, for the game of Monday, means nothing.

"I just feel that we played better, we deserved more and we won these matches.

"In my time I remember just one game where we were close to losing, which was a game at home where (Michael) Essien scored the equalising goal in the last part of the game (in the December 2006 Premier League draw).

"After that, even at the Emirates, playing with 10 men for 75 minutes we played a fantastic match and we drew 1-1 (in May 2007).

"My memories are that against them we played very good matches. As a consequence of that we got good results."