Jose Mourinho 'laugh off' Mikel Arteta's appointment as new Arsenal manager

Jose Mourinho 'laugh off' Mikel Arteta's appointment as new Arsenal manager

- Jose Mourinho believes Mikel Arteta was named Arsenal manager because he has lost fewer games

- The Spaniard returned to his former club on coaching capacity three years after retiring from football to join Man City as an assistant coach

- Mourinho made a case for Carlo Ancelotti saying experienced managers with more defeats are no longer considered good coaches

Tottenham Hotspur boss Jose Mourinho has aimed a dig at Arsenal after naming former player Mikel Arteta as their new manager.

The 37-year-old takes over from where Unai Emery stopped having ended his three-and-a-half-year reign with Manchester City.

Arteta spent five seasons at the Emirates Stadium before retiring in 2016 and assisting Pep Guardiola at the Etihad Stadium.

Spurs handler Mourinho, however, feels that the appointment of the Spanish tactician is more about the number of defeats you have been able to avoid - not minding the coach's winning ratio.

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Arsenal considered hiring Carlo Ancelotti but the Italian born manager prefers to pitch his tenth with Everton instead of joining the north Londoners.

Mourinho said: "The only point I can find – and it is for us to laugh a little bit – is that years ago the best managers were the guys with more victories and now the best is the guy with the fewest defeats.

"So Ancelotti has three Champions Leagues, won the league in Italy, France and England and won cups here and there – but Ancelotti has lost, I don't know, 200 matches?

"I have lost 150-180 – Carlo is a little bit older than me.

"I think now it is not about how much you won, it is about the matches we didn't lose. So probably the best managers now are the managers with zero defeats.

"The only reason I can understand is that they look through the CVs and see guys with more defeats and guys with less defeats, so guys with less defeats are given the job.

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"I cannot find another reason."

Arteta will take charge of his first game at the club when they battle Everton this weekend and a win for the Spaniard will help set his reign at the Emirates Stadium on a bright note. earlier reported that Arsenal new manager Mikel Arteta is eyeing a move for Sevilla's 17-year-old wonder-kid Antonio Zarzana dubbed new 'David Silva'.

The 37-year-old took over from former boss Unai Emery who was fired by the Gunners last month after series of poor results.

Club legend Freddie Ljungberg was installed on temporary basis but he was unable to help the north London side turn their fortunes around.

Arsenal, however, turned to their former midfielder after helping Manchester City rule England for two straight seasons in just three years of assistant manager reign at the Etihad Stadium.

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