Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho do not have the closest relationship, but former Arsenal goalkeeper David Seaman believes that his ex-boss could learn a thing or two from the Manchester United manager.
The two clubs had very different seasons; Mourinho guided the Red Devils to the Community Shield, EFL Cup and the Europa League, which earned them a place in next season’s Champions League.
However, their Premier League campaign disappointed as they eventually finished sixth, seven points behind the top four and 24 adrift of champions Chelsea.
For Arsenal, the entire season was pretty much dominated by Wenger’s future, which he confirmed earlier this week by signing a new two-year contract.
A record 13th FA Cup win last weekend painted over the cracks of an otherwise poor campaign, which included a humiliating 10-2 aggregate defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League and the failure to finish in the top four for the first time in 21 years.
Seaman believes that Wenger should adopt some of Mourinho’s defensive tactics, which contradict Arsenal’s traditional free-flowing style of play.
The former goalkeeper told talkSPORT:
“They have got to tighten it up at the back. It has been way too long since they won the league. Mourinho has gone in to Manchester United and won three trophies last season. Ok, they are not playing the best football, but it is not negative football. It is building on a defence and that is what we did at Arsenal for a long time. We need to get back to that.
“When I went to Arsenal, we didn’t play the most attractive football but it was effective football and it won trophies. It is all about winning trophies, for me.”