Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta says he learned from Tottenham counterpart Jose Mourinho in Spurs documentary | Football News

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta said he was able to learn from his Tottenham counterpart Jose Mourinho by watching the club’s ‘very interesting’ TV documentary.

Arsenal of Arteta face Spurs in the North London derby on Sunday, live on Sky Sports, with Mourinho’s side having started the weekend atop the Premier League table.

the Amazon prime The documentary followed Tottenham through the 2019-20 season, in which Mourinho replaced Mauricio Pochettino as Spurs boss, before guiding them to sixth place.

“Very interesting,” Arteta said after confirming that he had watched the series. “It’s great to see inside other football clubs, other ideas, other coaches, other organizations.

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“I like to see that – I do that with other sports too because there are a lot of things you can take, and also a manager like Mourinho who has been in many different countries, in all of them he was so successful there is a why.

“There are some important moments in this documentary where you can choose relevant elements to explain why it gets the success it gets. ”

Arteta was coached by Mourinho as a member of Barcelona’s B squad early in his managerial career, before coming up against Portuguese sides on numerous occasions in the Premier League.

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola and Mikel Arteta
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola and Arteta

Prior to being named Arsenal boss last December – just a month after Mourinho took over from Spurs – Arteta had been an assistant coach at Manchester City under compatriot Pep Guardiola, who had a long-standing rivalry with Mourinho going back to their days as a manager. La Liga opponents.

When asked if cruelty was a quality he learned from the seasoned duo, Arteta explained some of the key elements of Mourinho’s work that impressed him.

He said: “I normally like two things. First of all, the head coach, the manager, whoever it is, what he needs to create is a level of engagement with the players, the club and the fans, and a level of belief that what are his ideas, they give him great support.

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Arteta believes Sunday’s North London derby, live on Sky Sports, is the perfect game to restore confidence in their Premier League campaign

“Mourinho has something really special, that whatever he wants to get into the football club he manages to do it and he believes in a way that the players at the end of the day do what he wants to do. And whoever does not. When I talk about being ruthless, it’s not just on the pitch, but also with certain decisions that you have to make.

“And the second I would say is how you handle tough times. All of these managers have gone through difficult times. I was part of a coaching staff with difficult times. The important thing is how you react in difficult times and how the club fans react in difficult times. ”

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Arsenal are struggling to be ruthless on offense under Arteta’s possession-based style this season, former Gunners defender Matt Upson said.

Daniel Podence’s judicious goal for Wolves at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday doomed Arsenal to their fourth loss in six Premier League appearances. The Gunners are 14th in the table, sandwiched between Newcastle and Crystal Palace. It’s their worst start to the season in almost 40 years.

The optimism generated by their FA Cup triumph in August has faded and Mikel Arteta finds himself under pressure. He promised high intensity attacking football when he arrived last year. But recent Premier League postings have been slow and fruitless.

The Europa League offered some relief. Arsenal’s second string played with refreshing verve in Thursday night’s 4-1 win over Rapid Vienna at the Emirates Stadium. But Sunday’s 2-1 loss to Wolves typified Arsenal’s problems against tougher opposition.

Arsenal, a team once known for their smooth and passing football, seemed devoid of creativity and inspiration, reduced to aiming for a 35-cross barrage on a visibly frustrated Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – only three of whom succeeded.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang made a frustrated figure against wolves


Arteta says it’s vital that captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang get back to his best form if the club are to succeed this season.

It made viewing disastrous – and not for the first time this season. Arsenal have only scored 10 goals in 10 Premier League games so far. Only West Brom, Burnley and Sheffield United – the last three now – have scored less. Arsenal also rank 17th for shots.

It must be remembered that Arteta inherited a huge task when he took over from Unai Emery last December. It will take more than two transfer windows to transform Arsenal’s bloated squad. But the recent problems are not only due to the staff.

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Players will be energized by the return of supporters to the stadiums which will provide a better show, former Arsenal striker Alan Smith said ahead of the north London derby.

Has Tottenham’s mentality changed?

“We were so upset every time we listened to some people say bad things about the Spurs mentality,” said Mauricio Pochettino, reflecting on his time at the helm of Tottenham when he appeared on Monday night football last month.

The 48-year-old has been instrumental in changing perceptions of Spurs during his five-and-a-half-year tenure in north London, guiding the club to four consecutive Champions League finishes and adding steel and substance to a traditionally known team. for its desquamation.

Still, there remained a lingering feeling that Spurs were prone to falling at the last hurdle. The title challenges, while defying all expectations, have failed at key moments. The trophies continued to elude them. The mental blocks of the past still seemed to be in place.

Tottenham Hotspur Portuguese head coach Jose Mourinho walks the pitch ahead of the English Premier League soccer match between Tottenham Hotspur and Everton at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London on July 6, 2020.


Tottenham have prioritized winning titles over style of play under Jose Mourinho, former Spurs midfielder Tom Huddlestone said

Jose Mourinho had to change that, to turn Spurs into winners, and recent evidence – in the Premier League, at least – suggests progress.

Spurs went ahead for the first time since 2014 with their disciplined and ruthlessly effective 2-0 defensive win over Manchester City last month. They then made sure to stay there by winning a goalless draw with Chelsea a week later.

The style of play has changed. He’s cheaper and more defensive than traditionalists at Spurs might like and that remains a bone of contention for some. But the debate over Mourinho’s methods has calmed down lately.

It’s hard to argue with recent results, after all, especially when the team displays the kind of mental courage and keen ambition fans have long craved.

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