Jose Mourinho takes aim at Arsenal in remarkable rant after appointment of Mikel Arteta


Arsenal have swapped one Spaniard for another this week, appointing Mikel Arteta as their new boss on a three-and-a-half-year deal.

The former Gunners midfielder signed on the dotted line after a tricky negotiation process that saw Manchester City accuse the London club of tapping up Pep Guardiola's right-hand man.

Arteta will certainly have to hit the ground running with Arsenal going through somewhat of a crisis.

Their defence is simply woeful and large swathes of the fan base have fallen out of love with the team.

For someone stepping into their first managerial brief, the task ahead of Arteta is a mammoth one and he will be desperate to prove himself at one of the biggest clubs in the land.

He won't have many friends in north London though after Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho launched a remarkable rant, bemoaning Arsenal's decision to appoint a man with no experience.

"The only point I can find – and it is for us to laugh a little bit – is that years ago the best managers were the guys with more victories and now the best is the guy with the fewest defeats.

"So Ancelotti has three Champions Leagues, won the league in Italy, France and England and won cups here and there – but Ancelotti has lost, I don't know, 200 matches?

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"I have lost 150-180 – Carlo is a little bit older than me.

"I think now it is not about how much you won, it is about the matches we didn't lose. So probably the best managers now are the managers with zero defeats.

"The only reason I can understand is that they look through the CVs and see guys with more defeats and guys with less defeats, so guys with less defeats are given the job.

"I cannot find another reason."

Well then.

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GIVEMESPORT's Paul Conolly says:

We all know that Jose loves having a dig at Arsenal but poor old Arteta was yet to be assigned an Arsenal parking space when Mourinho launched his latest rant.

Arteta absolutely represents a gamble, there is no doubting that, especially in the midst of the current storm surrounding the Emirates Stadium.


Bringing in an old head of the ilk of Carlo Ancelotti to right the ship would have made a lot of sense but I like that Arsenal have taken a punt on a raw and exciting talent.

Arteta was Guardiola's go-to-guy for a reason and could be about to surprise a lot of people.

He will need plenty of time and heaps of patience, but, after a couple of seasons at the helm, he may well restore the Gunners to former glories.

Just you watch this space.

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