Jose For Arsenal?
Arsenal head of football Raul Sanllehi ‘dined with’ Jose Mourinho this week as rumours gather pace over the future of Gunners boss Unai Emery.
The Times claims the two men had dinner together – although the report fails to go into any details regarding the venue for the meal.
Current Arsenal boss Emery is feeling the heat following a string of poor results for the side. A 1-0 defeat at Sheffield United was followed in the Premier League by a 2-2 home draw with Crystal Palace last weekend and a disappointing 1-1 draw with Wolves on Saturday. The Gunners defeated Portugese side Vitoria Guimares in the Europa League ten days ago but only thanks to a last-gasp winner. They were knocked of the Carabao Cup on penalties by Liverpool following a 5-5 draw.
Emery also has off-field problems to contend with. Granit Xhaka was left out of the 18-man squad for the match with Wolves following his spat with supporters last week. There is also the situation concerning Mesut Ozil. The German played 90 minutes for the first time this season on Saturday. It follows his attempted kidnapping before the start of the campaign.
Mourinho has worked with Ozil before. He was appointed manager of Real Madrid in 2010 – the year Ozil was signed by the La Liga side. The pair then spent three years working together until Mourinho’s sacking in 2013. The feeling is that the Portugese coach is able to get the best out Ozil.
The former Chelsea and Manchester United boss retains a home in north London and according to some outlets he is being advised that a move to Arsenal is a better prospect than a return to Real Madrid if Zinedine Zidane is sacked.
For their part, Arsenal will feel Mourinho has a better chance of guiding them back to the Champions League. The Gunners are now down in fifth place in the Premier League, three points behind Leicester City. However, that gap could become six points if the Foxes win at Crystal Palace today.