The Chelsea manager feels the success of Arsenal this season should be expected considering the Frenchman was afforded eight trophy-less seasons to refine his squad
Chelsea travel the the Emirates Stadium on Monday knowing victory will see them leapfrog the Gunners for the first time this season.
|33/1||Chelsea are 33/1 with BetVictor to be losing at HT but winning at FT v Arsenal|
"For me it's a game like any other, but I still think about the fans. It's a London derby against a long-time rival so try to make use of their energy to motivate me even more," he told beIN Sport.
"I have already played against a "better Arsenal", that of the 2004-05 season was amazing, so I am impressed by their level this season, but if you give me eight years to build, I will have a great team too!"
Mourinho has played down the rivalry between himself and Wenger and claims any past animosity is now gone.
He continued: "In the past, our relationship was not the best. It was not because of me or him, it was because of us.
"That changed, I changed. He respects me, I respect him, so the situation is perfect."