Unai Emery: Mourinho lined up as replacement for ex-Arsenal boss before Tottenham move

Unai Emery: Mourinho lined up as replacement for ex-Arsenal boss before Tottenham move

Unai Emery parted ways with Arsenal and his sacking was confirmed in a statement by the club on Friday, November 29, ending growing speculation surrounding the former PSG boss' future with Gunners.

The Spaniard took over as the Premier League side in a deal that ended Arsene Wenger's lately inglorious spell amid high exceptions.

Eighteen months later, Emery was shown the way out of Emirates Stadium following a disgraceful run of performances summed up in recent Gunners' 2-1 defeat to Frankfurt.

Freddie Ljungberg will "take responsibility for the first team as interim head coach" according to a statement by the club.

Inside source has now claimed that before the Spaniard was shown the exit door, Arsenal were considering Jose Mourinho as a potential successor for the then embattled manager.

According to Daily Mail, the Portuguese manager was in line as one of the potential replacements for Emery after club's top chief Sanllehi raised suggestions that Mourinho would have been a perfect fit for the job.

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There ware growing insinuation before Emery's sacking that Mourinho met with Raul Sanllehi over sensational move back to the North London side.

He was said to have wined and dined with the top Arsenal chief, who later told club director Josh Kroenke that Mourinho would be interested in the position should Emery fail to convince the club hierarchy.

But the speculation were dusted off after Tottenham confirmed Mourinho as their new manager with the sacking of Mauricio Pochettino.

The 56-year-old manager would later win his first two games for Spurs in what signposts the beginning another prosperous reign.

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Meanwhile, Mourinho has issued a message to Unai Emery following his sacking as Arsenal manager.

He was quick to reassure his fellow manager that he will bounce back and make a return to football.

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"No dramas, mi amigo," Mourinho said. "Keep going and you will get another club."

Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that Unai Emery's sack has got Arsenal talking with Massimiliano Allegri as their next manager, according to reports.

The Spanish manager was sacked by the London outfit on Friday, November 29, after series of poor results.

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