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What Jose Mourinho said about getting the best out of Pepe and Aubameyang, might head to Arsenal

Jose Mourinho has been linked with a move to Arsenal after reports claim the former Chelsea and Manchester United manager is ‘open’ to the role
Mourinho is reportedly keen on a return to management in the Premier League.

The 56-year-old has been out of work since leaving Manchester United last season, but according to The Sun, Mourinho would be open to the Arsenal job if it became available.

Arsenal blew a two-goal lead at home to Crystal Palace on Sunday, a result which followed the 1-0 defeat at Sheffield United.

Emery is also dealing with the fall-out from the Granit Xhaka confrontation after the midfielder clashed with fans after being substituted against Palace.

And with the uncertainty surrounding the Emirates at present, Mourinho has been strongly linked with the role, as he reportedly wants to become the first manager to win major honours with three English clubs after his success at Chelsea and to an extent, Manchester United.

The Portuguese manger has previously displayed his knowledge of Arsenal’s players and how he would get the best out of them.

Mourinho spoke about how Emery could best utilise Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette and Nicolas Pepe if all three players were on the pitch at the same time.

Speaking as a Sky Sports pundit during Arsenal’s 2-2 draw with Tottenham in September, Mourinho said Emery had two options available to him.

“They have two options,” he said.

“One is to play – instead of like today [against Spurs], with three midfield players almost in a straight line – like they played in the last 10 or 20 minutes with two [central midfielders] and one No 10 that can feed the three without bringing Lacazette in between the lines.

“Another situation, it is very possible to bring Pepe from the right in many occasions to the inside.

“Many teams nowadays defend with a back four – not many, only the ones with a different vision – they defend with four in the back but build with three.

“By building with three, they can put a right-back completely wide almost as a wing-back and bring the winger to the inside.

“If Pepe plays more on the inside, he can feed more diagonals to Lacazette to do what [Matteo] Guendouzi did for the last goal.

“Pepe doing from the right, with his left foot, finding Aubameyang on that diagonal. They have lots of options, these three players are very good.

“They had on the bench, [Mesut] Ozil, [Dani] Ceballos, that type of player to give things. I think from the middle to the attacking areas, I think they have a lot of solutions.”


About Chinenye Nwabueze

Nwabueze is a communication researcher with several years of lecturing experience in Nigerian universities.

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