Is Jose Mourinho the man to replace Arsenal boss Unai Emery at the Emirates? – Big Debate

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Unai Emery’s future is the subject of plenty of speculation with Jose Mourinho touted as a potential successor at Arsenal. Express Sport are on hand to debate whether the Gunners should target the Portuguese.

Jim Holden – No

Bruce Archer – No

James Benson – No

Charlie Malam – No

Lewis Winter – No

Adam Powers – No

Matt Atherton – No

Arsenal boss Unai Emery is under the cosh after the Gunners once again failed to live up to expectation at the weekend.

Pockets of the Emirates faithful have turned on the Spaniard, who will be sacked if Arsenal fail to qualify for next season’s Champions League.

Jose Mourinho, who has previously managed their Premier League rivals Chelsea and Manchester United, is an option to replace Emery if Arsenal swing the axe.

Express Sport are on hand to debate whether Mourinho is the man to replace Emery if Arsenal decide it’s time for a change.

Jim Holden – No

The mutinous mood among the Arsenal crowd may be unfair on Unai Emery but it clearly puts his job in peril. If it continues the club will have to act sooner rather than later.

There would be no kind of sensible logic, however, in replacing Emery with a manager as provocative as Jose Mourinho, a manager with a long history of creating discord at so many of his clubs.

Mourinho’s best years as a manager are some time ago. It would be far more sensible for Arsenal to appoint a manager on the rise, a manager hungry with ambition.

Former Arsenal star Patrick Vieira is an obvious instant crowd-pleaser. There are other good options in the dynamic Jesse Marsch of Red Bull Salzburg or the innovative and tough Chris Wilder of Sheffield United.

For a safety first big name option, Massimiliano Allegri would be much wiser than Mourinho.

Bruce Archer – No

Unai Emery is just not getting a tune out of the Arsenal side and is in danger of ruining his big chance in English football.

His recruitment has been pretty poor – not sorting the centre-back situation was criminal in the summer – and he looks to have overspent on Nicolas Pepe.

The Mesut Ozil situation continues to drag on, although the blame for that lies elsewhere after he was handed that ridiculous contract, and is overshadowing things, but results need to improve.

The noises from Arsenal suggest he will be given the season to sort things out unless results get even worse in the coming weeks and months.

I initially believed he was an astute appointment but the last few weeks open him up for questioning on his tactics and team selection.

He needs to start playing his strongest back four – Hector Bellerin, Rob Holding, Kieran Tierney and one other centre-back – and that should give them a better platform.

But long-term I don’t see him at Arsenal. He will probably get until the summer where they can use their break clause in his deal.

As for Jose Mourinho, no chance. That would be pushing the self-destruct button for the Arsenal board.

Mikel Arteta, Julian Nagelsmann and Brendan Rodgers would be my shortlist.

James Benson – No

A pair of once-great big names fallen on tough times are made for each other as they look to build themselves back up again, right?

Wrong. Jose Mourinho isn’t the man to take Arsenal forward and nothing he’s done since the last few months of his spell at Chelsea and entire tenure at Manchester United suggest he might be.

Arsenal need to start at square one with a bright, young manager who can galvanise their squad of a few decent old heads and up-and-coming talents.

The Gunners don’t have boatloads of cash to throw at a Mourinho-style rebuild, so they need a coach who can come in and improve what they’ve got as extra, cost-effective pieces are added to his squad.

Former Arsenal managerial target Julian Nagelsmann has only been in charge of RB Leipzig for a few months but he’s made an impression in the Bundesliga having previously done the same at Hoffenheim.

Raul Sanllehi and co. should ignore Mourinho and make Leipzig an offer they can’t refuse to snap up one of Europe’s top young coaches if they get rid of Unai Emery.

Charlie Malam – No

Jose Mourinho will go down as one of the very best managers of his generation and also one of the best of all time, and rightly so.

But is he the man to replace Unai Emery and restore some style, substance and most importantly, smiles? It’s a no from me.

The key problem with Emery is that Arsenal are no longer entertaining to watch and they’re still just as vulnerable as they were in Arsene Wenger’s final years. There’s very little different between now and then except now, they’ve become a bit boring to watch. You could very well argue they’ve gone backwards, and with a squad possibly better than the one Wenger had towards the end.

Mourinho has a more recognised way of playing and would at least establish some sort of order but it’s not one you could imagine going down well in north London, regardless of the fact he’s won trophies everywhere he’s gone. Those final two FA Cup wins didn’t do all that much for Wenger, remember.

His abrasive personality would almost certainly lead to clashes with the Arsenal hierarchy and his own players. Gunners fans are no stranger to the snide side of the Portuguese, given his repeated determination to undermine and mock Wenger.

And there’s little to no chance they could satisfy his demands in the transfer market, which would be a problem given the vast improvement needed at Arsenal, particularly in central defence and midfield. It’s also important to remember he has spent more money than any other manager ever.

You can see an argument for why some fans may want Mourinho in, but the man who made English football swoon all those years ago is far different to the man we know and a lot of his allure and shine has gone.

Mourinho might get more out of Mesut Ozil and he might tighten up the defence, he might even win a trophy or two, but as with several of his most recent jobs, it’s likely Arsenal would only end up back in another rut a few years down the line. Arsenal should seek a more progressive appointment who can get them playing attractive, attack-minded football again.

Lewis Winter – No

Unai Emery has run his course at Arsenal and his team only seem to be heading in one direction.

Performances on the pitch seem to back up the reports that the players are struggling to understand how the Spaniard wants them to play.

There are positives to Jose Mourinho taking over – he would undoubtedly improve the defence, though he may need the backing in the January window.

However the negatives outweigh the positives, partly due to Mourinho’s style of football, but mostly his relationship with Arsenal and former manager Arsene Wenger down the years.

The majority of Arsenal fans would be against the appointment and, although some would be willing to give him a chance, a couple of poor results would lead to supporters trying to hound him out of the Emirates.

Adam Powers – No

After 15 months I think it’s fair to conclude that Unai Emery has not justified his appointment as Arsenal manager. Not only does the team have all the same vulnerabilities it did under Arsene Wenger, it lacks the identity and passing style of that side, which sometimes made up for the frailties.

Jose Mourinho has been linked heavily with the job but appointing him would be a sign of real desperation. In transitioning from the Wenger era, Arsenal have put in place a front-office structure in which the head coach is a cog within a wider machine. Mourinho is no cog.

To bring in Mourinho – a man who has ridiculed Arsenal for years – would be a complete betrayal of Arsenal’s morals and ethos. Some fans believe they need the culture shock, but really they just need a coach, like Brendan Rodgers, who knows how to build a progressive, exciting team.

Matt Atherton – No

No, Jose Mourinho isn’t the right man for the Arsenal job.

I think Unai Emery should still be given time at the Emirates. They’ve hit a rough patch of results, but when you look at some of the other ‘Big Six’ teams around them this season, it’s certainly not a disaster.

They’re still fifth in the league, and within touching distance of the top four. Arsenal aren’t Premier League title contenders anymore, and hovering between fourth and fifth is just where the club is these days.

But, if Arsenal do decide to axe Emery, they should avoid Mourinho… for so many reasons.

His best days are well-behind him, and he’s failed to adapt to modern-day football. At least Emery plays relatively decent football. Results are hardly going to improve that much under Mourinho, but the fans would have to endure the worst football they’ve ever seen.

After the recent Granit Xhaka incident, would you really want a personality like Mourinho to come in and resolve it? Petrol on a fire springs to mind.

Jim Holden – No

Bruce Archer – No

James Benson – No

Charlie Malam – No

Lewis Winter – No

Adam Powers – No

Matt Atherton – No

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