Jose Mourinho: I like this Arsenal team more than ever Mourinho certainly does not hate Arsenal.

The Real Madrid manager has admitted that he sees something bright in the current group that Arsene Wenger is guiding, despite the exits of Alex Song and Robin van Persie in the summer.

Indeed, the Gunners have made a fairly impressive start to season, despite winning two and drawing three so far in the Premier League. The latest of those draws came at the Etihad stadium where most opponents have failed to leave with a result in the past two years.

Sunday’s encouraging performance and the solidarity that Wenger’s men have shown thus far is what has drawn praise from even the man who once managed Chelsea.

“I think Arsenal is coming again. I like this Arsenal team” he said “I know they’ve lost some players but I like the way Arsene is building this team and I think they can be a positive surprise (in the title race)”

Due to his time in England as Chelsea boss where he had several feisty clashes with Wenger’s side, Mourinho’s compliments for the Gunners might come as some surprise. But if you ever thought the Portuguese man is anything near anti-Arsenal, you may be in for a shocker.

Mourinho actually claims that the negative encounters he once had with the Gunners was only due to a competitive relationship which could not be avoided between two London teams who wrestled for glory.

“I am not critical (of Arsenal in the past). When you are in the same championship and your teams are rivals in the same City and you play local derbies and cup finals, it is normal that you will have a little bit of a rivalry. But the respect was always there.” he said

“I like this team more than the one from previous seasons despite losing a very good player like Van Persie”

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50 thoughts on “Jose Mourinho: I like this Arsenal team more than ever

  1. I always liked this guy in a Vince Macmahon-character sort of way. Still, it’s nice to hear he’s not a complete asshole.

  2. Jose here you come again, you misled Sahin because you never wanted Arsenal to do well in a way that your element could play a role. Now you were caught by surprise by the genius of Arsene and bold. please dont patronize us.

  3. Carling Opta latest statistics,3 Arsenal players in the top 10 in the premiership-

    Arteta,Gibbs,and by far first is the great Cazorla!!

  4. wenger please sign llorente because there is no prolific striker in the present arsenal squard. With good striker like llorente arsenal would have secure three point against city.

  5. He is great coach and am always his fan I love him more for that statement but the prayer now is that Arsene should not sell our backbone coming January.

  6. I cant blame Morinho for selling Sahin to Liverpool instead of Arsenal. I will do same after Wenger sold Song to Madrid’s fearest Rival Barca. After selling Song to Barca to fite Madrid why do u tink Morinho will sell Sahin to Us?

  7. I still agree with Wenger about Mourino. “Sometimes if you give someone a lot of money they become stupid”. When Mourino can produce a good team with an average budget then I will think he is a great manager. Until then, he is just a woman going shopping

  8. Come on, are you serious, I was watching the Sky Sports interview when Jose said those things. He hates Wenger coz Madrid wanted Wenger ahead of him. He hated Arsenal and was really disrespectful to club and manager. He’s just trying to get into Arsenal’s and Wengers good books coz Wenger might be leaving in a couple years. That’s my take on it.

  9. Mourinho will always be against Arsenal interest to argue for his dream Man-utd job, Now he is in need to strengthen RMFC defence: Verminator & Kos are the best options available.

  10. Morinho actualy he is rigth because looking at the slow start of las season 1 can say the are the beter side than last season. Gunners 4 life

    1. We didnt want Surin a years loan would have cost us 5 – 7 million and we would have to have paid his wages of £120,000. 40,000 more than the next player on our books and he wouldn’t get in the team with Abou, Jack, Mikel and Santi all fighting for places!

  11. The problem with Wenger is, he has a small squad whereby he cant compete in all the 4 cups! If right now Podo,Carzola get injured he will not score and will not win games. So let him in january offload the Chamack,Squillaci,Djuoruh,Fabia,Fripong and buy 2 quality players that will benefit the club. I still trust in Arshavin is a good boy. I wish Arsenal good luck in remaining matches this season especially when playing Man u,Chelsea and small[weak] teams

  12. walcot is an intelligent man,n he reasons fast,i suggest is right time wenger start using walcot cox he’s a change match shld b guvihno last future,he need 2 cme bck 2 Africa 2consult dier oracle,tank u.

  13. wenger,pls giroud is nt different 4rm chamach we nd a sharp striker,giroud has completely dissapointed us.pls go 4 lorent.santos shld nt b treated way 2 wenger.

  14. Honestly,why do any of you feel we need the endorsement of Mourinho or anyone else outside the club??
    I could not possibly care less what he,Ferguson or anyone in the media think of my club.
    I do not need anyone confirming what i already know….we are a very,very good side and are more than capable of challenging for silverware this season,and we will get even better in the next few years.

  15. mourinho is very intelligent, i’m not quite certain, but he has a motive, he said this- to work in his advantage or favor( may be he wants some arsenal defenders/bould) but i will not take his statement at face value, there is something else to it.

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