Jose Mourinho delivered tactical analysis of Arsenal's front-three

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Jose Mourinho graced us with his presence as a pundit once again on Super Sunday.

Mourinho, along with Sol Campbell, Graham Souness and Jamie Redknapp were tasked with analysing Everton vs Wolves and the north London derby between Arsenal and Tottenham.

And there was plenty for ‘The Special One’ to talk about.

Everton beat Wolves 3-2 in the early clash at Goodison Park.

Then, it was time for Arsenal vs Spurs.

Unai Emery did what Gooners were hoping for by fielding a front-three of Nicolas Pepe, Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for the first time.

However, the trio were largely ineffective as Spurs raced into a 2-0 lead.

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But a goal on the stroke of the interval from Lacazette hauled the Gunners back into the game.

Then, with 20 minutes remaining, Aubameyang got them back on level terms.

While the front-three probably didn’t click as Emery would have hoped, there was plenty of encouragement.

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And after the match, Mourinho provided expert tactical analysis explaining how Emery can get the best out of them.

It left the other pundits speechless.

"I think they are very good players and normally they should be on the pitch all three together," Mourinho told Sky Sports after the game. "I think Aubameyang probably he likes to play in the middle because he feels if he’s in the middle he can score more goals. But maybe he can score as many goals playing on the left.

"What happens at Liverpool is [Roberto] Firmino drops back, drops in between the lines, and then he gives more space for [Mohamed] Salah and [Sadio] Mane to attack these diagonals. I would see Aubameyang playing on that left side of Liverpool and scoring a lot of goals.

"At Arsenal, Lacazette doesn’t have that quality, but they have two options. One is to play, instead of like today with three midfield players almost in a straight line, to play how they played in the last 10 or 20 minutes with two [sitting midfielders] and one No.10 that can feed the three without bringing Lacazette in between the lines.

Another situation that is very possible is to bring Pepe from the right and in many occasions bring him to the inside. Many teams nowadays defend with a back four but build with three in the back, and by doing that they can put for example a right-back completely wide almost as a winger and bring the winger to the inside.

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"So if Pepe plays more on the inside, he can feed more that diagonal to Lacazette and do what Guendouzi did for the last goal [for Aubameyang], Pepe doing that from the right with his left foot finding Lacazette on the diagonal.

"So they have lots of options. These three players are very good. They had on the bench [Henrikh] Mkhitaryan, [Mesut] Ozil, [Dani] Ceballos who are players also who can give things. I think from the middle to the attacking areas they have a lot of solutions to develop."

Following his comments, there was silence from the other pundits. They knew Mourinho had more knowledge of the game than they would ever have.

It left presenter David Jones concluding with: “Interesting. I’m sure Arsenal are watching and listening.”

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