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Mourinho questions Arsenal’s appointment of Mikel Arteta

Jose Mourinho has questioned Arsenal’s decision to appoint Mikel Arteta as their new manager.

The former midfielder was chosen as the man to replace Unai Emery and to rebuild the clubs fortunes, Arsenal going into today’s game against Everton in 10th in the Premier League and with only one win in their last 12 outings in all competitions.

The Gunners were linked with a move for Carlo Ancelotti – who has now been confirmed as the manager of today’s opponents –  but opted to appoint former club captain Arteta instead, despite him having no experience as a head coach.

Jose Mourinho had been linked with a potential move to the Emirates as pressure was building on Emery, before opting to succeed Mauricio Pochettino at Spurs, and when asked about the new Arsenal manager, Mourinho seemed bemused.

“The only point I can find, and it is for us to laugh a little bit, is that years ago the best managers were the guys with more victories and now the best is the guy with the fewest defeats,” the Portuguese said at his pre-match press conference.

“So, Ancelotti has three Champions Leagues, won the league in Italy, France and England and won cups here and there – but Ancelotti has lost, I don’t know, 200 matches?

“I have lost 150-180 – Carlo is a little bit older than me. I think now it is not about how much you won, it is about the matches we didn’t lose. So, probably the best managers now are the managers with zero defeats.

“The only reason I can understand is that they look through the CVs and see guys with more defeats and guys with less defeats, so guys with less defeats are given the job. I cannot find another reason.”

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