Jose Mourinho ‘impressed’ Arsenal head of football Raul Sanllehi with his plans for the Gunners during a recent dinner, according to the Portuguese’s chief lickspittle.
Mourinho has emerged as an unlikely candidate to replace Unai Emery as the current Arsenal boss continues to struggle in the post.
The Emirates Stadium was mentioned as a potential next managerial destination for Mourinho, who has been out of coaching since being sacked by Manchester United last December.
But Duncan Castles of The Times says he is being considered as an option by Arsenal, who want to mend the ‘fractures’ that have formed between Emery and the players by appointing a more laid-back, relaxed figure.
Or just watching their current dumpster fire and thinking that pouring petrol on it is the only solution.
Arsenal are said to have ‘begun to prepare the ground for a change of management,’ and they want ‘a manager with strong knowledge of the Premier League who can bring an identity to a squad who were reassembled at significant expense in the summer window, while rapidly delivering results.’
That sounds familiar. Like Man United in summer 2016.
Emery’s difficulties with the English language are also mentioned, with the Spaniard said to have ‘one to two games of credit’ left in charge.
And Mourinho, who ‘impressed’ Sanllehi at a dinner last week with ‘his plans for the squad,’ also has the advantage of a fine working relationship with Mesut Ozil and his admiration of Nicolas Pepe.
The Portuguese, who is also waiting on Real Madrid potentially making their managerial position vacant, has been told by ‘close friends’ that Arsenal ‘would be a better choice’ if the opportunity arises.