LONDON - Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho claimed that his side's 6-0 demolition of Arsenal did not have any added significance despite coming in counterpart Arsene Wenger's 1,000th game in charge.
The Arsenal manager suffered a nightmare on his milestone occasion at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, with Chelsea's supporters goading the Frenchman by chanting: "We want you to stay!"
The crowing home support also made reference to Mourinho's remark last month that Wenger was a "specialist in failure", due to Arsenal's nine-year trophy drought.
The Portuguese was unwilling to rub further salt into the wound, however, and when asked if he had taken extra satisfaction from spoiling Wenger's big day, he replied: "No."
"I wanted the three points and a good performance if possible. We got that. And on top of that, we got the result with some numbers, which is especially for our fans.
"They are special numbers and we work for the fans so if we can give them that, then it's even more beautiful. But no more than that."
Arsenal were reduced to 10 men in the 15th minute when Kieran Gibbs was sent off in a case of mistaken identity after team-mate Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain had handled the ball on the goal-line.
Mourinho conceded that the numerical advantage had aided his team, but he felt that Chelsea, who were 2-0 ahead by that time, had already asserted control of the game.
"Obviously to play against 10 men is easier," he said.
"I'm not going to be a hypocrite and say it is the same to play 10 and 11. It's not the same. But the way we started this game, there is no doubt that this was our game."
Chelsea now lie four points ahead of Liverpool having played a game more and six points in front of Manchester City, who have three fixtures in hand.