Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho offers injury update and discusses Arsene Wenger relationship

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has addressed the media ahead of this weekend's game against Arsenal.

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has suggested that Diego Costa could be fit for this weekend's clash against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium, saying the Blues will make a decision on his fitness tomorrow.

Mourinho said that if he doesn't play for the league leaders on Sunday, then the 18-goal striker will definitely be available for the midweek trip to take on Leicester City, with his side holding a commanding 10-point lead at the top of the Premier League.

The Chelsea boss also confirmed that Didier Drogba is fit for this weekend's game, while Loic Remy is a doubt.

Mourinho told reporters at his pre-match press conference covered by the club’s official Twitter account: “I would love Diego to be back but I trust the other people and this week we decide not to let Solanke play with the U21s in case we need him.”

Mourinho has also backed Cesc Fabregas to handle any hostility shown towards him during his first game against his old club on their own patch, saying: "If he has a bad reaction then he is more than ready."

The Chelsea manager has said that Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is not his rival despite some recent animosity between the pair, which involved Wenger pushing Mourinho earlier on in the season and the Portuguese calling his French counterpart 'a specialist in failure' during the 2013/14 campaign.

He said questions about his relationship with the Frenchman are 'not important', and when asked if he respects his opposite number, Mourinho said he has respect for 'everyone'.

He added: "For me, he is not my rival, he is the manager of a big club in the same city where I work and live. It is a big club with the same objectives we have. Because of that always comes a bit of rivalry, but for me it is not different from when I was at Inter with the Milan manager or at Real with the Atletico manager."

Like with Manchester United - who Chelsea overcame last weekend - Mourinho views Arsenal's squad as 'amazing', saying they have numbers and quality in several areas, and despite his impressive record against Arsenal, he is anticipating a difficult encounter.

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