Arsenal have denied contact with Jose Mourinho as a potential replacement for manager Unai Emery, according to Sky Sports.
Following another underwhelming result at the weekend, Emery has come under severe pressure and scrutiny. The Gunners were on course to book three points against Wolverhampton Wanderers after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (yes, him again) fired them ahead in the 21st minute, only for Raul Jimenez to make the score level with 14 minutes to go. Given that a similar thing happened in the previous round, that Arsenal are out of the Carabao Cup and that there is huge division among the fans caused by the incident involving captain Granit Xhaka, things don’t look to good for the Spanish coach.
For example, Daily Mirror journalist John Cross believes Emery’s position at the club has become ‘untenable’.
On top of all that, Mourinho was at the Emirates to watch Arsenal beat Vitoria Guimaraes at the Emirates in the Europa League, amid reports that he is keen on returning to England and winning major trophies with a third club after doing it with Chelsea and Manchester United.
Naturally, speculative stories, to put it mildly, sprang immediately about the controversial Portuguese having dinner with Arsenal’s head of football Raul Sanllehi to discuss a potential appointment, but Sky Sports ‘understand’ that nothing of the sort has happened as yet, and that Mourinho and Sanllehi haven’t spoken at all for years.
But one can’t help wondering if that’s really true. If Sanllehi did meet with Mourinho, it’s only prudent to try and keep it under wraps. Nobody wants Emery to lose motivation and the respect of his players, at least while he still is in charge of the team. That’s not, of course, to claim the meeting did take place, but anything feels possible at the moment.
After all, Mourinho did work with Mesut Ozil and David Luiz before.