Pundit claims Jose Mourinho could improve Arsenal’s defence

Pundit Danny Mills explains why Jose Mourinho could be a good candidate to become Arsenal manager

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
Jose Mourinho (Photo: The Sport Review)
Jose Mourinho (Photo: The Sport Review)

Danny Mills believes Jose Mourinho would be capable of improving the current Arsenal team if the Portuguese head coach had funds at his disposal.

The Gunners have made a mixed start to their second Premier League season under Arsene Wenger’s replacement Unai Emery.

Arsenal won their opening two Premier League fixture thanks to relatively comfortable victories over Newcastle United and Burnley.

However, the Gunners lost 3-1 to Liverpool FC in their first real test, before Emery’s side drew 2-2 with Tottenham Hotspur at The Emirates.

Last season’s Europa League finalists squandered a 2-0 lead to draw 2-2 with Watford at Vicarage Road on Sunday.

Arsenal’s defence have already conceded eight times in five games this term, with Sokratis Papastathopoulos, David Luiz and Bernd Leno all guilty of mistakes.

Questioning Emery’s impact at Arsenal since his appointment over 12 months ago, former Manchester City defender Mills suggested Mourinho could do a successful job at the north London side with a significant budget.

“Is there much improvement since Arsene Wenger?” Mills told talkSPORT, as quoted by Metro.

“Under Arsene Wenger it was always ‘they just keep doing the same thing, they keep playing the same way, they don’t sort out the defensive midfield, they don’t sort out the defence and it doesn’t get any better’.

“One thing you have to say about Mourinho [is] he always found different ways to win and he would adapt to the opposition. Mourinho I still think is one of the best. I’m not so sure that he would [take the Arsenal job].

“He’d need plenty of money, he’d need plenty of money to sort that defence out, that would be the biggest problem.

“But he was adaptable, Sir Alex Ferguson was always adaptable, would change formation in European games. To compete at the very, very top, you have to do that.

“Unless you are so ahead of everybody else, so much better, you have to adapt to the opposition.

“Even Manchester City did that, that first season where Pep [Guardiola] realised “oh, that didn’t quite work”. You’ve got to find a balance.”

Arsenal will take on promoted side Aston Villa at The Emirates on Sunday in a fixture that the Gunners will need to win to rebuild momentum in the top-four race.

The Gunners were the busiest of the top-six Premier League clubs in the summer as Arsenal revamped their squad under their Spanish head coach Emery.

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