Unai Emery could be sacked if Arsenal fail to put together some impressive performances in the next few fixtures.
Unai Emery’s back has now touched the wall. He is standing on the line between sacking and retaining. Only a string of few impressive performances from Arsenal could save his job at the Emirates.
Arsenal drew 1-1 at home against Wolves on Saturday and lost to Liverpool on penalties in the Carabao Cup before that.
According to a report in The Times on Sunday, the Gunners are seriously considering appointing Jose Mourinho as Emery’s replacement. They claim the north London club’s hierarchy are concerned that the Spaniard has lost the dressing room and with a return to the Champions League of paramount importance to them this season, they believe a manager with Premier League experience is required to turn their season around.
It is also reported that Mourinho had dinner with Arsenal head of football Raul Sanllehi last week. Although a final decision on Emery’s future has not yet been made. But there is a huge possibility that Mourinho will take charge of the north London club. Unai Emery turned 48 yesterday and he is believed to have just “one to two games of credit” left to save his job.
Jose Mourinho knows Mesut Ozil from their Real Madrid days. They have a good relationship which may prove vital in the end to land the job for Mourinho. Unai Emery’s lack of command in English resulted in poor communication between the manager and the player which has been an issue in his entire time at Arsenal. Whereas, Mourinho’s English communication skills are very good which could help in building a strong manager-player relationship and motivate the dressing room.
Mourinho is also eager in returning to coaching as soon as possible. He said recently: “The only thing that I know is what I don’t want. What I don’t want is crystal clear. What I want, the general profile of it, of course [I know], but I can’t say obviously [which] clubs and countries. And I am quite pathological in this sense of I have to play to win. Then if I win or I don’t win then that’s my problem; and the players and the club and the structure. But I need a project where the feeling is I play to win.”
“If someone gives me a wonderful, incredible, amazing 10-year contract and tells me that ‘the objective of the team is to stay in the first part of the table; if you finish seven or eight or nine it’s perfect,’ that’s not for me. That’s my nature. Of course, sometimes I remember what I did before, what I won before, this kind of thing, but it’s not me. So my next is to fight to win.”
Jose Mourinho’s profile fits perfectly for Arsenal who are looking to bounce back and regain their lost status of ‘The Invincibles’.
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