Mourinho:Arteta would not be at Arsenal if he wasn’t proficient

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Jose Mourinho has defended Mikel Arteta’s skills as a manager, saying the Spaniard would not be responsible at Arsenal if he wasn’t a talented coach.

Questions have recently been raised about Arteta’s tenure at Arsenal, which has now lasted around a year, and whether the team has actually made any progress under his leadership compared to its predecessor Unai Emery.

At the moment, the Gunners are 14th in the Premier League with 13 points out of 30.

They also have one of the worst goals in the league, averaging only one goal per game.

The pressure on Arteta’s shoulders has increased in the recent home defeats to Aston Villa and Wolves.

However, he has had some encouraging words from an unlikely ally in Mourinho who cited the FA Cup win late last season as a sign of Arteta’s talent.

“He’s a good coach. He’s a talented coach,” the Spurs manager told Sky Sports.

“He won an important competition in the first few months of his career that we cannot deny.

“To be the Arsenal coach you have to be good – if you are not good you are not there.

“So yeah, I think Mikel is a good coach, but I want to respect the others – especially the others I don’t know well and who are probably very talented too.”

On the European front, things have been more promising for the Gunners this season as they are currently at the top of Europa League Group B after winning each of their four games so far.

On the fifth matchday they meet Rapid Vienna on Thursday.

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