A report has downplayed speculation linking Jose Mourinho with the Arsenal job.
There have been recent murmurs suggesting Arsenal Head of Football Raul Sanllehi met with Mourinho. Arsenal fans are growing increasingly dissatisfied with Unai Emery’s performance and there has been some talk of a managerial change.
But, according to The London Evening Standard, these rumours are wide of the mark. Sanllehi and Mourinho did not have dinner together and they have not spoken to each other in years.
Instead, the Arsenal board will give their backing to Emery for the short-term future at least. After the weekend draw with Wolves, Arsenal sit in fifth place in the league. The Gunners are six points adrift of the top four already.
Emery is without a league win in three matches. Combined with the failure to beat Liverpool in the EFL Cup last week, there have been vocal calls for Emery’s sacking. But this report rebuffs reports that Mourinho could replace Emery imminently.
It seems some might have jumped the gun by drawing the link between Sanllehi and Mourinho. But this does not mean that he will be ruled out as a candidate should Emery fail to turn things around.
If Arsenal are serious about Mourinho, though, it might be wise to act sooner rather than later. Bayern Munich are now on the lookout for a new manager while Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane is under pressure. Mourinho could also feasibly replace Mauricio Pochettino at Spurs.