Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta has labelled Jose Mourinho as a ‘world clash manager’ as Gunners trip to White Hart Lane for stern test against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday evening.
Since resumption of the campaign Jose Mourinho & co. going through a difficult time as they struggle to turn the club’s fortunes around and find themselves a place below local rival Arsenal in the Premier League.
And ahead of mouthwatering encounter between Gunners and Spur, manager Mikel Arteta insists that Jose Mourinho is still well respected as a manager and remain a proven winner who can bring success back to White Hart Lane.
When asked whether Mourinho was still a world class manager, Arsenal boss Arteta said: ‘Absolutely. They have had some ups and downs but overall you can clearly see what he wants to bring to the club.
‘He manages the energy, the momentum and establishes a really strong culture in every football club. As well, he makes sure that he wins and he’s won in every single club that he’s been at.
‘Obviously the situation and the timing when he arrived is different than starting a new project right from the summer, but I’m sure he will be successful because heal ways finds the right way to do it. It will take him a bit of time but I’m sure he will do it.
‘He has a very clear way of playing and a very clear way of how he manages games. I think clean sheets are a big thing that he want to do, but don’t forget his teams always score a lot of goals and they are really successful and he’s been able to win titles because of that.
‘I think in a long period they’ve had a lot of injuries so he hasn’t had the chance to be consistent with his team and that’s a big disadvantage that they have.
Mikel Arteta has confirmed that Arsenal do not have any injuries but expect a stern test against Jose Mourinho’s side no matter the circumstances and the unique nature of playing behind closed doors.
‘I think a derby has a completely different context to what is happening with the current form and anything like that,” said Arteta.
‘I have huge respect for Jose, for what he’s trying to do there, and we know to go there and get a win we’re going to have to do everything really, really well. I’m expecting a really tough game.
“I think the success that Jose has had is not from the press conference, it’s the way that his teams perform on the pitch and the amount of football games that he has been able to win.
‘[The press conference] is an extra that obviously you need to know how to deal with but the main thing is what you do on the pitch.
‘You never know in a derby because when the passion and the emotions kick in, a lot of things can happen and from a very controlled game it can go to a completely different game and that’s somewhere we need to know how to manage.
‘I’ve been involved in a few of them so there’s always some surprises.’