Jose Mourinho says his 100 per cent managerial home record against Arsenal means nothing as his Tottenham side prepare to face their North London rivals on Sunday, live on Sky Sports.
The Spurs boss has hosted Arsenal a total of 10 times as manager of Chelsea, Manchester United and Tottenham and has never tasted defeat, winning six and drawing four of those encounters.
But Mourinho is wary of any such stats, believing they are to be broken and even citing his previous hoodoo away to Newcastle United (failing to win in seven attempts) before smashing that record with a 3-1 victory at the end of last season.
“It means nothing for this game, it’s history and that’s it, I don’t really care” Mourinho said.
“When I went to Newcastle the last time, the question was that I had never won in my career there and I didn’t really care about that either.”
Mourinho also would not be drawn on comments made by his defender Eric Dier that Arsenal counterpart Mikel Arteta was ‘the most exciting young manager in Europe’.
On the remark, Mourinho said: “I don’t know them all so it is very hard to say that.
“Is he a good coach? A talented coach? He has already won an important competition in the first few months of his career.
“We can’t deny that and to be at Arsenal you have to be good and if you are not then you are not there.
“So yes, Mikel (Arteta) is a good coach but I want to respect the others, especially the ones I don’t know well and are probably very talented.”