Jose Mourinho has gone and given us all a shock by admitting that he actually enjoyed watching an Arsenal game.
Mourinho claims that he actually enjoyed watching Arsenal’s 4-3 win over Leicester on Friday night, although something tells me it wasn’t because the Gunners came away with the three points…
“On Friday, I was in front of the TV and I enjoyed it a lot. The Arsenal-Leicester result is a consequence of the way they play,” he said.
The Premier League opener was probably fantastic for neutral fans but for Gooners and Foxes fans, it was anything but.
After Alexandre Lacazette scored his first competitive goal in red and white within two minutes, Leicester came back and went ahead before the Gunners equalised through Danny Welbeck just before half-time.
The visitors then went ahead again before super-subs Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud won the game for Arsenal just minutes before the end.
It was completely chaotic, with stunning goals but horrific defending. And, from an Arsenal perspective, worrying. Although they won, it shouldn’t have been that easy for Leicester to out-fox our defence, especially at home.
Craig Shakespeare’s side saw the Gunners’ weaknesses and put in double the amount of crosses in the first half – 14.
While Arsenal dominated possession as usual (70%), shots on target (10 to Leicester’s three), and shots in general (27 to Leicester’s six), the Foxes still managed to hold them off until the final few minutes. It’s concerning.
Mourinho’s Manchester United beat West Ham 4-0 on Sunday afternoon, and seeing Arsenal narrowly beat Leicester and then Burnley tear Chelsea apart at Stamford Bridge probably boosted the manager’s confidence ahead of the tie. Not that it needed it.
Arsenal travel to Stoke next weekend hoping for a similar performance to last season, where they won 4-1.
United travel to Swansea.