Arsenal are reportedly ‘hugely reluctant’ to hire Jose Mourinho according to reports as the out-of-work manager continues to tout himself for the job.

Arsene v Jose
Arsene v Jose

There’s just about one thing that would get a lot of Arsenal fans to agree to keep Unai Emery and that’s if Jose Mourinho was the only option.

Thankfully, he isn’t. Far from it.

It does seem as if he wants the job, for reasons that are no doubt more to do with sticking it to Arsene Wenger than anything else.

Thankfully, the club don’t seem to want him.

As Football.London report, “a senior figure has told football.london that the Arsenal hierarchy would be hugely reluctant to turn to Mourinho. There is an aversion to the style of football that he generally brings to his clubs, no desire to add such a potentially divisive figure to the team and the simple reality that he himself would have to accept a role where his input on transfers and a great deal of other factors beyond team selection would be limited.”

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 31: Jose Mourinho, Manager of Manchester United ahead of the UEFA Champions League group A match between Manchester United and SL Benfica at Old Trafford on October 31, 2017 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 31: Jose Mourinho, Manager of Manchester United ahead of the UEFA Champions League group A match between Manchester United and SL Benfica at Old Trafford on October 31, 2017 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

This follows on from a report coming from Duncan Castles that suggested Arsenal had set their sights on bringing in Jose Mourinho to replace Unai Emery.

Castles claimed Mourinho had dined with Sanllehi last week, and he was considering a move for the former Chelsea and Manchester United boss to try and bring some identity to what is clearly a talented squad underperforming with Emery.

According to James Benge, Charles Watts and James Olley, however, this dinner between Mourinho and Sanllehi never took place.

The implication is that the manager senses an opportunity to take over at the Emirates, and he’s pushing the possibility from his side. From Arsenal’s point of view, all the talk attempts to distance the club from that possibility.

Emery’s Arsenal have won one of their last five league games, a 1-0 victory over Bournemouth. They’ve also been eliminated from the League Cup in that time, though the Europa League group stage is the one place things are still going well.

It’s getting harder and harder to see why the current head coach should even be allowed to see out the season, but it doesn’t seem like Mourinho will be the man to take over either way.