Jose Mourinho open to replacing Unai Emery as Arsenal manager

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Jose Mourinho would be keen on replacing Unai Emery as Arsenal manager and reportedly prefers a move to the Emirates over Borussia Dortmund, who he has also been linked with.

The Portuguese coach has been out of work since departing Manchester United last year and has been carefully plotting his next move, though he is becoming increasingly restless to return to management.

His list of suitors is growing, with Lucien Favre under pressure at Dortmund, while north London rivals Emery and Mauricio Pochettino are also under increasing scrutiny.

Emery still has the backing of Arsenal’s decision makers for now, though Spanish television show El Chiringuito report they would be open to appointing Mourinho if the situation deteriorates further.

And the feeling is mutual, with Mourinho warming to the idea of taking charge of the Gunners – particularly as it means he can stay in London – while he recently visited the Emirates to watch their Europa League clash with Vitoria.

There has been no contact yet, but, if an offer materialises, Mourinho will consider it and favours a move to Arsenal over Dortmund, despite the prospect of winning silverware in a fifth different country.

Although the self-proclaimed ‘Special One’ still has an inkling that Real Madrid could lose patience with Zinedine Zidane, he feels his coaching style is best suited to Premier League football.

It has also been reported that he is attracted to the idea of being the first manager to win silverware at three different English clubs.

Mourinho won three Premier League titles across two different spells with Chelsea, while he won the Carabao Cup and the Europa League with United.

The 56-year-old has stayed in England since his departure from Old Trafford, with his family settled in London, and has made regularly appearances on Sky Sports as a pundit.

Any potential Arsenal move will be dictated by how Emery responds to Arsenal’s current malaise – as well the situation surrounding Granit Xhaka – with many fans unhappy with performances so far this season.

 

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