Jose Mourinho explains why he’s ‘looking forward’ to facing Arsenal

Jose Mourinho explains why he is looking forward to facing Arsenal as Tottenham Hotspur manager

Jose Mourinho
Jose Mourinho (Photo: UEFA / Handout)

Jose Mourinho has admitted that he is relishing the opportunity to take on Arsenal after having being appointed as Tottenham Hotspur’s new manager.

Mourinho is currently settling into life at Tottenham after having been brought in as Mauricio Pochettino’s successor last month following the sacking of the Argentine head coach.

Arsenal, meanwhile, are currently on the lookout for a new permanent manager after having opted to sack Unai Emery at the end of last week.

Freddie Ljungberg has taken temporary charge at The Emirates as the Gunners prepare for their Premier League clash against Norwich City this weekend.

Arsenal are not due to face Tottenham Hotspur until 25 April next year, when the Gunners will travel to their rivals’ home ground in the Premier League.

However, Mourinho has revealed that he is already looking forward to being involved in his first ever north London derby.

Speaking in an interview quoted by Metro, Mourinho said: “I look forward to playing against Arsenal.

“I want to play against Arsenal. I know what it means for our fans. But with Mauricio or Emery or Freddie Ljungberg or whoever else, that’s no problem.

“I know the big ones and I know that’s a big one. Not just because Arsenal is a big club that fights for the same objectives as we do. But also I know the meaning. And I like it.”

Arsenal have only won four of their opening 13 Premier League games this season and they are well off the pace in the race to secure a top-four finish.

The Gunners will take on Brighton and Hove Albion in the Premier League at The Emirates on Thursday night.

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