Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has refused to reveal if he will shake hands with Chelsea counterpart Jose Mourinho when the two sides meet each other at Stamford Bridge on 19 September. The frosty relationship between the two managers was evident in the first game of the season, when Wenger refused to shake hands with Mourinho at the final whistle of Arsenal's 1-0 win against Chelsea in the Community Shield at Wembley.
Ahead of the first Premier League clash between the two London sides, Wenger refused to be drawn into speaking about Chelsea and his personal relationship with Mourinho. "Look you should ask him [Mourinho] that question. I focus on what I love [which] is football and I respect everybody in my job. All the rest honestly doesn't concern me too much," he said.
When asked about the handshake incident at the Community Shield match Wenger responded, "I don't want to come back on that." Pressed further on if he would shake hands with Mourinho this time around, Wenger said, "I do not tell you more than I just told you".
The two London sides head into the game with contrasting Premier League fortunes. Chelsea have made their worst top-flight start for 29 years after back-to-back defeats to Crystal Palace and Everton left them 17th in the table. Arsenal on the other hand currently lie 4th, recovering from an opening Premier League defeat to West Ham to beat Stoke, Newcastle and Crystal Palace and draw with Newcastle.