Wenger refuses Mourinho war of words, focused on title race

Arsene Wenger refused to ignite his war of words with Jose Mourinho and insisted he will focus on Arsenal's title challenge.

The Gunners boss would not rise to Mourinho's latest jibe after seeing his side's 5-2 win at Leicester.

Alexis Sanchez's hat-trick at the King Power Stadium left the Gunners just three points behind new Barclays Premier League leaders Manchester United.

Mourinho had aimed fire at Wenger before the weekend, despite refusing to mention him by name, by suggesting he was an exception to pressure managers are under.

Mourinho was also angry at the Football Association's decision to retrospectively ban Diego Costa for three matches following last weekend's 2-0 win over Arsenal, while Gabriel's red card in the same match was rescinded.

Gabriel was subsequently banned for their Leicester win for his reaction to the original dismissal.

But Wenger refused to bite and insisted he did not feel like a "king" as Mourinho had called him.

He said: "No, I feel I have just done my job with the team and for our fans. That's what you want. Honestly I'm not too much concerned about the other results. Thirty years in football now, and I know that what is important is to play football well."

And when asked if he believed he got away with everything, in reference to another Mourinho comment, Wenger replied: "No, I didn't realize that, I must say."

Arsenal host United on Sunday with Wenger saying the title race is wide open after Manchester City's defeat at Tottenham and he believes his side will only improve.

He said: "Two weeks ago, you could say one team were going to run away with it and now it's tight again. You have to be consistent.

"That's what we focus on. I feel that the quality of our game is getting better, week by week, and overall we are finding the level that we had shown at the end of last season.

"We came to Leicester, who had not lost a game this season, and the fact that we could win in a convincing way is of course good for our confidence as well."