Mikel Arteta vs Jose Mourinho: The future vs the past – Daily Cannon


LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 01: Mikel Arteta, Manager of Arsenal lifts the FA Cup Trophy after his teams victory in the Heads Up FA Cup Final match between Arsenal and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium on August 01, 2020 in London, England. Football Stadiums around Europe remain empty due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in all fixtures being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 01: Mikel Arteta, Manager of Arsenal lifts the FA Cup Trophy after his teams victory in the Heads Up FA Cup Final match between Arsenal and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium on August 01, 2020 in London, England.  (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Jose Mourinho has done it all.

He’s won just about everything there is to get your hands on in the game. In contrast, Mikel Arteta has won the FA Cup and managed but a handful of games. He’s a managerial infant when compared to Jose Mourinho, against that there can be no argument.

But Spurs fans don’t care for the trophies Mourinho won with Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan, Real Madrid and Manchester United. In all, the ‘Special One’ has won eight league titles, four national cups, two Champions Leagues, the Europa League and a ton of other lesser trophies. Why would they care about any of those when their own cabinet sits unattended for so long?

What they do is look up the road and see Arsenal, in the greatest difficulty for 25 years. They wonder how our new manager, who was appointed to his first job in management exactly one month after Jose Mourinho took over the greatest Spurs side in living memory, has some silverware while they still have nothing.

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 29: Arsenal Head Coach Mikel Arteta with the Community Shield after the FA Community Shield match between Arsenal and Liverpool at Wembley Stadium on August 29, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 29: Arsenal Head Coach Mikel Arteta with the Community Shield after the FA Community Shield match between Arsenal and Liverpool at Wembley Stadium on August 29, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Back in January, Jose Mourinho needed a striker. Did he turn to the talented youngster, Troy Parrott or did he phone Peter Crouch and ask him to come out of retirement?

The signing of Gareth Bale couldn’t be any more a Mourinho signing if he tried, right down to adding to the severe financial pressure already on a club wondering how they’re going to pay for their new £1bn stadium when they can’t let any fans in.

And they’ll have to spend because they have to keep Mourinho happy. That’s the only way he know’s how to manage – by buying. Tottenham pay him £15m a year and it would cost them £45m to sack him as they gave him a deal until 2023.

A bitter Mourinho is a destructive one.

Mikel Arteta, meanwhile, earns £3.64m.

Tottenham Hotspur's Portuguese head coach Jose Mourinho walks on th epitch ahead of the second half during the English Premier League football match between Tottenham Hotspur and Leicester City at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, on July 19, 2020. (Photo by Adam Davy / POOL / AFP)
Tottenham Hotspur’s Portuguese head coach Jose Mourinho walks on the pitch ahead of the second half during the English Premier League football match between Tottenham Hotspur and Leicester City at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, on July 19, 2020. (Photo by Adam Davy / POOL / AFP)

Bale is 31 and Spurs are agreeing to pay half his wages, an amount that totals around £250kpw for their share. He played 1,260 minutes last season and ended the campaign with fewer goals and assists than Bukayo Saka for Arsenal by some distance.

Given the choice of Saka or Bale, who do you think Mourinho would opt to pick?

Of course, we can point to Arsenal bringing in Willian, a player even older than Bale. But that was done with an eye to…



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