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Football: Arsenal get an easy ride says Jose.

Byline: By DUNCAN BECH

JOSE MOURINHO began the psychological war ahead of Chelsea's Premiership title defence by complaining arch rivals Arsenal receive preferential treatment.

He declared that Arsenal have been given an easier ride with the Premiership fixture list and questioned the presence of Gunners vice-chairman David Dein on the FA's board.

'I'm not concerned about how Chelsea are viewed morally. What does concern me is that we are treated in a different way to other clubs,' he said.

'After the first five games of next season's Champions League we have to play away while Arsenal are at home.

'Is it only Jose Mourinho who can look at the fixture list and see something very strange?

'Why is nothing written about that? Why are different clubs treated in different ways?

'We play Arsenal on a Sunday. Why? Because it's Arsenal and the game follows an international. That's a fact.

'If I stay with Chelsea for five years maybe Mr Dein won't be with the FA any more and we will have a different season.

A person who works for a club shouldn't work for the FA.'

He also said the club's rivals will improve this season.

'I don't believe we'll finish 37 points ahead of Liverpool, 18 above Manchester United or 12 above Arsenal. Liverpool have signed new players and will get better
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jul 13, 2005
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