A third party has approached Jose Mourinho about potentially taking over Arsene Wenger as manager at Arsenal, according to American TV channel One World Sports. If true, having recently stated his intention to begin a new job before the start of next season, the 53-year-old could remain in London and take charge for the start of the 2016/17 campaign.
After being sacked by Chelsea in December, the Portuguese manager has reportedly confirmed he will be taking on a new managerial role in the summer. In an off-the-camera conversation, Matt Smith (The Independent) revealed Mourinho “will be joining his new club in July”. With increasing pressure on Arsene Wenger as Arsenal’s season looks to be ending trophy-less, Jose Mourinho could be the man to provide the club with the success the club and fans so desperately crave.
However, the appointment of Mourinho to vacate the potentially open managerial position left by Arsene Wenger is unlikely to sit comfortably with the majority of Arsenal fans. Since coming to the Premier League in 2005 with Chelsea, Mourinho and Wenger have not exactly seen eye to eye. The pair have constantly made verbal remarks towards one another, with the Portuguese manager famously calling Arsene Wenger a “specialist in failure”. Not to mention, Mourinho’s much more tactical and, to an extent, defensive approach to football is much different to the legacy built by Wenger in terms of the ‘beautiful game’.
Nevertheless, despite being sacked by Chelsea for the second time, ‘the special one’ has an undeniably impressive Premier League record; he has delivered 3 Premier League trophies in 5 seasons, winning 140 matches out of 212, a Premier League win percentage of 66%. To compare, Arsene Wenger has won 3 Premier League trophies in 20 seasons, with a Premier League win percentage of 57%. Mourinho has also won the Champions League, something Wenger has failed to do after several attempts. However it is also important to consider the circumstances and financial constraints endured by Wenger during his reign.
The increasing dissatisfaction amongst Arsenal fans, who recently displayed an anti-Wenger banner after their 2-0 away win to Everton, means it is not unlikely that Wenger could leave the club this summer. It is also not unlikely that Mourinho has been considered by the club as a potential replacement given his impressive record and managerial qualities, and the claims from One World Sports that Arsenal have approached ‘the special one’ could well be true. However, with the history between Wenger and Mourinho, as well as the obvious differences between Arsenal’s philosophies laid out by Arsene Wenger and the Portuguese manager, it is unlikely the Frenchman will allow the club to appoint Jose Mourinho as his successor.
What is more likely, however, is for Jose Mourinho to become the new manager of Manchester United. The former Chelsea manager has been heavily linked with the job at Old Trafford since being dismissed from Stamford Bridge. It is believed the 53-year-old is keen on replacing Louis van Gaal, who has failed to impress since taking over David Moyes. With Pep Guardiola joining their Manchester rivals, Jose Mourinho would be the obvious choice to help lead Manchester United to challenge for success.