A Brief History Of Jose Mourinho Sticking The Boot Into Arsenal
By Tom Sanders
So it's come to this eh, Arsenal?
It looks like Unai Emery's time as Arsenal manager is nearly up, with the former PSG coach overseeing a dismal run of results and completely losing the dressing room over at the Emirates.
The board are ready to look elsewhere for a new coach, with former Man United and Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho currently the favourite to replace him.
But the rumours have caused a uproar amongst Arsenal fans, who haven't forgotten the many, many times that 'The Special One' has relished sticking the boot into the North-London club.
The former Chelsea and Manchester United boss has repeatedly taken aim at the Gunners over the years, taking shots at the north London club's lack of Premier League success, their players, their fans and even Wenger himself.
There's not a single part of the club that he hasn't criticized at some point, and as such, it's safe to say he isn't a popular figure amongst the Gooners.
To illustrate this point even further, Hayters have produced a video of his most memorable takedowns of the Gunners over the years, which we've helpfully summarized below.
'They like to cry. That's tradition'
Arsenal fans were furious when Chelsea's John Obi Mikel clattered into Mikel Arteta during a fierce North London derby in 2013 and somehow escaped the incident without a red card.
When asked how he felt about the incident, Jose wasted no time in sticking the boot into the Arsenal faithful.
"They like to cry, that's tradition" he quipped, with a wry smirk on his face.
'Wenger is a specialist in failure'
Arguably Mourinho's most infamous put-down to date. In 2014 Arsene Wenger claimed that Premier League clubs intentionally played down their title chances because they were afraid to fail.
When asked how he felt about Wenger's comments, Jose clapped back withan iconic response.
"He's a specialist in failure," Mourninho claimed, "If I do that in Chelsea, eight years [without winning a trophy], I leave and don't come back."
'I played against them 10 times and I never lost'
At the end of a dour 0-0 draw against the Blues in 2013, Arsenal fans chanted 'Boring Boring Chelsea' as the teams made their way off the pitch.
During the post-match interview, Mourinho was asked about the chants, to which he responded:
"I agree, I played against them 10 times and I never lost," Mourinho replied.
"What did they want to call me? 'Funny, funny Jose'.
"Ten times, they don't win once. What do you want to call me?"
'Boring is 10 years without a title'
Arsenal fans have repeatedly made claims that Mourinho's defensive, cautious style of football is 'boring' over the years- yet the Portuguese coach is never one to back down from a scrap whenever someone takes a pop at his tactics.
"You know, I think boring is 10 years without a title. That's very boring," Mourinho, manager of Chelsea at the time, said.
"You support a club and you're waiting, waiting, waiting for so many years without a Premier League title, I think that's very boring."
'It's the first time I leave and they're happy'
After Mourinho's United side were beaten 2-0 at the Emirates in 2017, Gunners fans were ecstatic that they'd finally broken the Special One's long winning streak at their ground after 15 competitive games.
"The Arsenal fans, they are happy. I'm happy for them. It's the first time I leave Highbury or the Emirates and they are happy," Mourinho said. "It's the first time!
"I left Highbury, they were crying. I left Emirates, they were crying. They were walking the street with their head low.
"So finally today they sing, they wave their scarves. It's nice for them, it's nice for them."
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