Arsenal wanted Mourinho?
Let’s start by saying that I imagine this to be nothing more than pure speculation, however should the report be considered to have some truth, if any, then I’m sure it’ll surprise the majority of the Arsenal fan base.
It’s a well known topic of debate regarding as to whether Arsene Wenger will still be in charge of the Gunners next season. The boss has hinted on many occasions that this season could well be his last with Arsenal, but overall he remains coy on the subject matter. With nobody therefore really being certain as to whether Wenger will still be in charge or not, it has meant that various names have been put forward as candidates to replace the Frenchman.
However besides from the likes of Howe, Simeone and Allegri, would it surprise you to hear that apparently Arsenal were interested in striking a deal with Jose Mourinho.
It is generally assumed that the consideration to hold talks with Mourinho was made soon after the ‘Special One’, as he likes to call himself, was sacked by Chelsea. Mourinho of course sat the remainder of the season out, whilst he reportedly held talks with the likes of PSG, Inter Milan and of course Manchester United.
Like I said before, I’d be really shocked if there was even a slight element of truth in this, mainly for a number of reasons. Firstly the relationship between Arsenal and Mourinho isn’t a good one. This is with the Portuguese national often firing shots at the Gunners for a lack of ambition when it comes to success, transfers and the board’s decision to stick with Arsene Wenger. We also saw during the transfer of Petr Cech, that Mourinho was trying his hardest not to let Cech move across London, before Roman Abramovich honoured the goalkeeper’s wishes. With this in mind, I doubt the board is on the best terms with Mourinho.
Secondly, it’s always been assumed that Arsene Wenger would have a say in who he thinks should succeed him at the Emirates. Given the pair have had various spats over the years, I find it quite unlikely that the Frenchman would give the go ahead to Mourinho, no matter what the United boss’ success rate is.
Lastly, I don’t think Arsenal were ready to say goodbye to Wenger last year and so I find it highly unlikely the board would’ve started drawing up candidates to replace the boss. The board aren’t even ready to lose Wenger this summer either, given that they’ve laid a contract offer on the table for him.
All in all I wouldn’t be surprised to find that this is nothing more than the media trying to cause a bit of friction amongst the fans, but still, even if there is any truth in the matter, it has certainly taken us all by surprise.