Mourinho’s Old Comments Predicting Arteta Could Lead Arsenal to Premier League Glory Emerge
- Arsenal are currently the favourites to lift the Premier League after an impressive run of form
- Mikel Arteta's journey to the peak of the English top flight with the Gunners has not been easy
- Back in 2020, the Arsenal coach was the subject of harsh criticism after his side sank to 15th
Old comments made by Jose Mourinho, in which he backed Mikel Arteta to lead Arsenal to Premier League glory, have emerged.
At the time, the experienced Portuguese boss predicted the Gunners would rise to the top of English football under the tutelage of the Spaniard.
The Mirror reports that Mourinho made the comments at a time Arsenal were enduring a rough patch, having suffered a 2-0 loss at the hands of rivals Tottenham, to sink as low as 15th on the standings.
Understandably, the poor run of form left Arteta under immense pressure, with a section of fans demanding his sacking.
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Mourinho backs Arteta
However, despite the pressure, Mourinho was perhaps the few who still had faith in the Gunners manager.
Speaking after the 2020 Premier League encounter, the current AS Roma boss had backed Arteta to lead Arsenal back to the top.
“I can imagine tomorrow there, that the headlines will be about them not being in a good position on the table. But I believe with these players, with Mikel, Arsenal will be Arsenal again," The Mirror quoted Mourinho as saying.
And it now appears that the Portuguese boss has been vindicated, with Arsenal currently enjoying a fine run of form.
The north Londoners are currently outright favourites to win the Premier League, with the side sitting top on the charts with 47 points.
Arteta's men have an eight-point advantage over second-placed Manchester City.
Conte tips Arsenal for glory
Earlier, Sports Brief reported on Antonio Conte singling Arsenal and Man City as the two teams that can win the Premier League this season.
The Gunners are currently topping the charts with 47 points, eight points ahead of the reigning champions in the Citizens.
Arsenal have not won the league title for more than two decades now, having tasted glory for the last time in 2004 with the 'Invincibles'.