Jose Mourinho aims subtle swipe at Arsenal over Mikel Arteta appointment

first_imgMikel Arteta was appointed Arsenal head coach on Friday afternoon (Picture: Getty)Jose Mourinho has taken aim at Arsenal and their decision to appoint Mikel Arteta by questioning clubs that hire managers with ‘zero defeats’ rather than those with proven pedigree.Arteta, 37, beat off a host of significantly more experienced candidates to land his dream job and the 37-year-old spoke with immense pride during an impressive opening press conference on Friday afternoon.Carlo Ancelotti was heavily linked with Arsenal after being sacked by Napoli but was ultimately overlooked for the position. The 60-year-old Italian and is now being tipped to take over the reins at Everton.Mourinho’s great rival, Pep Guardiola, has backed Arteta to do an ‘excellent job’ after watching his compatriot develop as his assistant at Manchester City.ADVERTISEMENT Arteta left City to take over the reins at the Emirates (Picture: Getty)Arteta hopes to be able to create the kind of ‘winning mentality’ that Guardiola built during their time at City.‘You have to be ruthless, consistent and fit every day the culture of the club to create a winning mentality,’ he said.‘Every day is important, every act is important.‘His work rate is incredible… For me the secret is that the players and staff have to believe what you’re trying to deliver.’ Metro Sport ReporterFriday 20 Dec 2019 11:14 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link5.4kShares Advertisement Comment Arteta insists he still has a good relationship with Guardiola (Picture: Getty)Arteta feels ‘a little bit sad’ about leaving City midway through the season but insists he remains on good terms with Guardiola.‘The relationship between me and Pep is incredibly good,’ he added.‘Obviously he was sad and the timing wasn’t the best for him but he understood, he knows how I’ve been growing and the needs I had emotionally, the ambitions I had and he kept giving me more and more over the years.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves‘If I had admiration for him before, after working with him I could not explain what a nice person he is and what a professional he is.‘The way he reacted with me looking at my eyes, he knew I was suffering because I was leaving him in a moment where obviously they need me a little bit.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘In that sense I feel a little bit sad but he’s been so supportive. We could not have left the relationship any better.’MORE: Manchester City keen on Ben Chilwell and Caglar Soyuncu but remain pessimistic over January signings Jose Mourinho aims subtle swipe at Arsenal over Mikel Arteta appointment Mourinho faces former club Chelsea at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium this weekend (Picture: Getty)However, the Tottenham manager appears bemused by Arteta’s appointment, considering the Spaniard has no experience in top-level management.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘The only point I can find – and it is for us to laugh a little bit – is that years ago the best managers were the guys with more victories and now the best is the guy with the fewest defeats,’ Mourinho said in the wake of Arteta’s appointment.‘So Ancelotti has three Champions Leagues, won the league in Italy, France and England and won cups here and there – but Ancelotti has lost, I don’t know, 200 matches?’ Mourinho said.‘I have lost 150-180 – Carlo is a little bit older than me.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘I think now it is not about how much you won, it is about the matches we didn’t lose.‘So probably the best managers now are the managers with zero defeats.‘The only reason I can understand is that they look through the CVs and see guys with more defeats and guys with less defeats, so guys with less defeats are given the job.‘I cannot find another reason.’ Advertisementlast_img read more