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Adrian Durham has suggested that Arsenal should look at bringing in Jose Mourinho to replace Unai Emery as manager.
What had been a mixed start for the Gunners before the international break now looks like a disappointing one.
Against Watford at Vicarage Road, the Emirates outfit shipped 31 shots as they blew a 2-0 lead against the Hornets to draw 2-2.
TalkSPORT presenter Adrian Durham has clearly seen enough of the former Sevilla boss, and has suggested that Mourinho should take his place in the dugout.
He said: “I think they all appreciated how hard it was going to be to replace Arsene Wenger, but they’re looking at him now and they’re very sceptical as to whether he is really the man to solve the problems, bearing in mind everything that went wrong yesterday.”
He added: “You know who they need? They need Jose Mourinho. That’s who they need. He will be perfect for Arsenal. Their fans will hate me saying it. He is a free agent – can you see it getting better under Unai? Because I can’t. So do they need somebody who’s actually going to go in there and just shake the club up?
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Although not necessarily known for their quality analysis, this is lazy even for talkSPORT and Mr. Durham. Bearing in mind he is such a big name, Mourinho will no doubt be linked with half of the jobs in Europe this season as plenty of managers will find themselves under pressure.
While he may still be able to a job somewhere in one of the continent’s top five leagues, it is hard to see that place being Arsenal, certainly at this current moment.
In particular, the squad he would have at his disposal does not seem to include the type of players he likes. For a start, it is on the younger side, with just four players in the squad aged 30 or over. The Portuguese has already made it clear how much he values experience when talking about Frank Lampard’s youth policy at Chelsea, which indicates he would not be willing to make much use of those who are still towards the start of their careers.
There is also the question of whether his style of play can deal with the demands of the modern game. Arsenal are looking to get themselves back to the top of the sport and compete with the elite. But if you look at the best sides in the country, they aim to play expansive football.
In the last three Premier League campaigns, the champions have scored a combined 286 goals. In Mourinho’s last three full terms as a manager in England’s top flight, his sides have netted 195, almost 100 strikes less. At the moment, attacking play is prevailing, and that is not at the forefront of the pragmatic 56-year-old’s psyche.
The former Real Madrid manager still has a lot to give to the game, but not at a club like Arsenal. Emery may not be the answer, but that doesn’t mean Mourinho is either.