Why Jose Mourinho is the man to save our season and the perfect fit for Arsenal

The Special One…

I wrote a couple of days ago that the man to turn Arsenal’s fortunes around is Jose Mourinho. If you read the comments section, you will see the vast majority of replies (I think all of them actually) were negative.

Now, he’s emerging as the favourite to replace Unai Emery.

Should you just call me Mystic Mike from now on?

In a nutshell, here are the reasons why Jose Mourinho would thrive at Arsenal and bring us success (and a guaranteed Top 4 finish):

  • Proven winner
  • Excellent man-manager
  • Is tactically astute
  • Gets the best out of players
  • Will get the best out of Mesut Özil
  • Can coach defence

He’s available, has roots in London and can start straight away.

So what are Arsenal waiting for?

Fans who have concerns about his temperament have been watching Arsene Wenger far too long to realise there is more than one approach. Yes, Mourinho can be confrontational but he has also been proven to rally the troops, get the team together and give them that siege mentality, and most importantly believe that winning is actually important.

The last point is something that has been lost over the last 10 years, and it wouldn’t do us any harm at all to have a squad that actually values winning. How often have we been called mentally weak? How many times have we been told we don’t have any leaders?

Jose Mourinho, whatever you think of him, is a born winner.

Look at his first stint at Chelsea. That team was immense. Look at Porto – he won the UEFA Cup and Champions League with them against the odds. Look at Inter Milan – most of their squad cried when he left.

When he gets it right, Jose Mourinho is the best out there, and for me he is better than Pep Guardiola.

Mourinho has won the Champions League twice, both times with teams who were nowhere near being favourites in that competition. He’s won countless titles and has a more impressive trophy haul than Guardiola.

Guardiola has been at Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Manchester City – all of whom have had the most money and the most talented players. There’s no doubt he’s a talented coach, but he’s had far more resources and help along the way.

Mourinho has a track record of winning with any team, with any budget and with any personnel.

If the Arsenal board have any real ambition, they will seize the moment and bring in Jose Mourinho before the chance is gone.


This is the manager Arsenal need to bring in to replace Unai Emery and save our season

We all know this is the man who can turn our season around

I think we can all agree that after the draw against Crystal Palace and the manner of the draw, we can safely say that things are beyond repair.

Unai Emery’s philosophy is clearly not getting through to the players (if indeed he has one at all) and the team has under performed since March of last season.

The fanbase is already at a toxic level, and we’re only 10 games into the new season.

Granit Xhaka, reacted in a way not befitting of a captain, never mind an Arsenal captain, and the aftermath is very ugly indeed.

There are pictures on Twitter already of Lucas Torreira crying as he saw the abuse aimed at Granit Xhaka when he was taken off, and Amy Lawrence has reported that senior players visited a devoted Xhaka at his home.

This has all turned into a really big, sorry mess which is not reflecting good on the manager, the players, the fans and the club. I don’t think things have been this bad before.

Our season is threatening to go into free fall if things don’t change soon.

The bottom line is, this job is too big for most managers and it certainly is too big for Unai Emery. We need a manager who has big club experience, at the highest level, and the man to turn the tide is Jose Mourinho.

He has the ego, tactical knowledge and man management skills to get the best out of our squad. He got the best out of Mesut Özil at Real Madrid which is a big bonus, and while he’s had his moments (quite a few of the actually), he would do a fantastic job at Arsenal.

But what do you think? Do you think Jose Mourinho would be the man to turn things around? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below!


This is the final straw… Unai Emery needs to go! Before it’s too late!

Well what can you say about that?

We have stuttered all season, and lost at Sheffield United on Monday in one of the worse performances we’ve had under Unai Emery (and that’s saying something). He was given a get out of jail card by the sensational free kicks from Pepe on Thursday, and today?

Well, things didn’t get much better.

The best part of today was the line up being announced before the match. Emery went with Aubameyang, Lacazette and Pepe, which was exciting and gave us some hope that we would actually try and win a game rather than go a goal up and then defend.

But the same old problems are still there.

We don’t have a coherent game plan, we don’t have a style of play, we have no creativity in the team, the midfield is still unbalanced… it’s the same old story.

Unai Emery has struggled badly since March of last season, where we collapsed and missed out on the Top 4 and were humiliated in the Europa League final. And that poor form has continued into the new season, despite spending record amounts in the summer and a squad overhaul.

Today was the final straw for me. Enough is enough and he needs to leave Arsenal before it’s too late.

If we continue with Emery, we will miss out on the Top 4 again, fail in the Europa League and we’ll end up losing our best players. Why would Aubameyang, Lacazette, Guendouzi, Bellerin and Leno want to play in a team which is nowhere near the Champions League and a million miles away from the Premier League. These are top class players who want to win trophies.

Today was just a stark reminder that Emery has no idea. Our two goal lead came from set-pieces. There’s no tactics involved in that – it’s a case of the players having more heart and throwing themselves at the cross field balls, and today Sokratis and Luiz stepped up. Apart from that, we hardly created anything.

Rewind to Thursday night, and the two goals from Pepe were from set-pieces as well. We can’t just rely on corners and free kicks to score goals!

We were denied a clear goal from a completely ridiculous VAR decision but the goal would have papered over the massive cracks that are evident at Arsenal at the moment.

Edu, Raul and the rest of the higher ups need to start earning their money and reputation, and make a decision that will help Arsenal improve and get us to where we belong.

And the bottom line is that decision is to sack Unai Emery.

It’s over to you now.


What should Arsenal do with Unai Emery? Cast your vote here!

It would probably be an understatement to say that at the moment, Arsenal fans aren’t exactly happy at what is happening at the moment.

The defeat to Sheffield United was more than just dropped points, it was the same old, lacklustre performance, devoid of any real invention or creativity that we’ve had in previous eras. The fact that we didn’t test their goalkeeper at all (apart from some awful attempts) speaks volumes.

And even when we have won this season, we’ve done it by the skin of our teeth. We haven’t actually played well for months now, and certainly not this season.

Watching Arsenal is so bad these days and even worse than the worst days under Arsene Wenger…

So what do you want Arsenal to do?

Cast your vote in the poll below and let’s see how the Arsenal fans are really feeling:

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Why on Earth is Granit Xhaka Arsenal’s new captain?!

I don’t understand either, Granit.

What is going on at Arsenal?

We’ve known Laurent Koscielny was leaving Arsenal a long time ago so Unai Emery has had a lot of time to think about who should be Arsenal’s next captain.

This whole thing has just become a joke in the footballing world, when earlier this week it was revealed that Unai Emery held a vote to see who the Arsenal players wanted as the next captain.

And then it was announced that we were going to have 5 captains?!

We’ve struggled with our performances and results this season, so the last thing Arsenal fans want is a manager who is indecisive and can’t even make a fundamental decision of picking the captain of his team.

As this week progressed, reports emerged that Rob Holding was the man who had the most votes, something the vast majority of Arsenal fans were more than happy with.

But then, the news came through… Granit Xhaka, a man who makes mistakes on a regular basis and brings nothing to the team, was selected as Arsenal’s new captain.


This is a man who brings nothing to the team. He can’t tackle, he can’t defend, he’s lost the ability to do the only thing he was good at – spray the ball across the pitch… it’s all a but of a joke.

There are about 5 players who I could name who would be FAR better choices as Arsenal captain.

The first being Rob Holding – a young, dedicated player who is consistent and can lead by example. We have Aubameyang, a player who has single-handedly carried Arsenal for most of this season and last, a player who gives 110% and more importantly – is a regular starter. Lacazette has passion and can lead by example, Hector Bellerin is also a strong candidate and then we have someone like Sokratis who is another player who gives 110% and consistently puts in good performances.

The problem I have with Granit Xhaka being captain is that it effectively means he can’t be dropped – when most Arsenal fans realise that he is the main reason we haven’t been performing.

To be a good defensive midfielder, you need several qualities. You either need to be quick and have the vision to intercept balls (like Kante), big strong and good in the tackle (like Matic) or have great positional sense and leadership qualities (like Roy Keane). Sadly for us, Xhaka has none of those abilities and if anything, is a liability.

For me, this is bad, bad news and could be the downfall of Arsenal this season (in terms of having hopes of finishing in the Top Four) and could also be the beginning of the end for Unai Emery’s reign at Arsenal.