Six times Jose Mourinho completed destroyed Arsenal in press conferences


Jose Mourinho. Arsenal’s next manager?

The Portuguese coach has been linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium to replace Unai Emery, who is in danger of losing his job after a string of poor results.

According to The Times, the Gunners are ready to move on from Emery and have set their sights on hiring Mourinho.

It’s a move that wouldn’t be well received by everybody. His style of play is the very antithesis of the approach that Arsene Wenger instilled during his 22-year reign.

Then there’s the relationship between Mourinho and the Arsenal fanbase, which needs repairing.

The former Chelsea and Manchester United boss has repeatedly taken aim at the Gunners over the years, firing shots at the north London club's lack of Premier League success, Wenger and their fans.

It means he isn’t the most popular figure among large swathes of Gooners.

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Hayters produced a video of Mourinho’s frequent digs at Arsenal and we at GIVEMESPORT have added some context.

‘It’s the first time I leave and they’re happy’

Mourinho took a swipe at Arsenal fans after his United side were beaten 2-0 at the Emirates in May 2017.

It was Mourinho’s first defeat in 15 competitive matches against Wenger, with Granit Xhaka and Danny Welbeck scoring the goals.

“The Arsenal fans, they are happy. I’m happy for them. It’s the first time I leave Highbury or the Emirates and they are happy,” Mourinho said. “It’s the first time!

“I left Highbury, they were crying. I left Emirates, they were crying. They were walking the street with their head low.

“So finally today they sing, they wave their scarves. It’s nice for them, it’s nice for them.

Honestly, it’s nice for them!

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‘Wenger is a specialist in failure’

In 2014, Wenger claimed that other Premier League managers were playing down their title chances because they “fear to fail”.

Mourinho’s response was iconic.

“He's a specialist in failure," Mourinho said. "If I do that in Chelsea, eight years [without winning a trophy], I leave and don't come back."

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‘I played against them 10 times and I never lost’

Arsenal fans chanted ‘boring, boring Chelsea’ at the end of a 0-0 draw against Mourinho’s Blues in 2013.

“I agree, I played against them 10 times and I never lost,” Mourinho replied.

“What did they want to call me? 'Funny, funny Jose'.

“Ten times, they don't win once. What do you want to call me?"

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‘Maybe the amazing pitch creates a desire to go to the floor’

Mourinho’s United beat Arsenal 3-1 in December 2017 - and he followed it up by suggesting Wenger’s players were guilty of diving.

"Look, if it's not a penalty… I know the pitch is amazing and maybe creates a desire to go to the floor," Mourinho said.

"If it was hard, no? Or mud, no? The pitch is absolutely beautiful but they were a bit too much."

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‘Boring is 10 years without a title’

Arsenal fans again labelled Mourinho’s style ‘boring’ - to which the Portuguese coach delivered the perfect response.

“You know, I think boring is 10 years without a title. That's very boring,” Mourinho, manager of Chelsea at the time, said.

"You support a club and you're waiting, waiting, waiting for so many years without a Premier League title, I think that's very boring.”


‘They like to cry. That’s tradition’

Arsenal were angry that Chelsea’s John Obi Mikel wasn’t shown a red card for his challenge on Mikel Arteta in a fiery draw at the Emirates in 2013.

Mourinho saw it as another opportunity to take a dig at the Gunners.

“They like to cry, that’s tradition,” he quipped.

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Oh, Jose. 

Many Arsenal fans are ready to overlook his digs and appoint a manager who has won titles in Portugal, England, Italy and Spain.

But for others, Mourinho's history with Arsenal is simply too much.

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