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Arsenal wanted Jose Mourinho to replace Unai Emery before Tottenham got him

Arsenal had lined up a deal to bring in Jose Mourinho to replace Unai Emery… before Tottenham swooped in to appoint him first

  • Arsenal have sacked manager Unai Emery after 18 months in charge 
  • They are now on the hunt for a long-term replacement, and have many options
  • Some senior figures reportedly wanted Jose Mourinho before he joined Spurs 

Senior figures at Arsenal were split over when to sack Unai Emery after head of football Raul Sanllehi lined up a deal to bring in Jose Mourinho, Sportsmail understands.

Sanllehi believed Mourinho would have joined the Gunners had they axed Emery sooner, only to see the Portuguese boss replace Mauricio Pochettino at Spurs last week.

We have been told that Arsenal’s talks with Mourinho had already begun in the background and there is now resentment at missing out on the two-time Champions League winner. 

Unai Emery has been sacked as manager of Arsenal after a series of miserable defeats

Some Arsenal chiefs reportedly wanted Jose Mourinho before he joined Tottenham instead

Some Arsenal chiefs reportedly wanted Jose Mourinho before he joined Tottenham instead

Sanllehi told director Josh Kroenke -…