Jose Mourinho has struck out at Arsenal claiming they’re so happy to see Tottenham’s downfall because they don’t have anything else to celebrate.
Urm, downfall from what, exactly?
Finishing above Arsenal a few times in the last quarter of a century?
Scraping above the worst Arsenal side in living memory? Oh wait, that’s right, they aren’t even above us as I write this and we didn’t even have a positive goal difference for most of the season.
Perhaps he was referring to all those trophies Spurs haven’t won, their last league title almost 60 years ago now and their last FA Cup almost 30.
Sure, they won the League Cup in 2008, but only Spurs and Jose Mourinho count that as a real trophy. No wonder they go so well together.
His comments follow Arsenal’s social media having a little dig about Spurs being unable to beat Sheffield United after they lost 3-1 at Bramall Lane.
“If they were top of the league or fighting for top four and in a really good moment, they wouldn’t enjoy the problems of others,” Mourinho said with no hint of irony that this is how Spurs fans have spent most of their football-supporting lives.
“You only enjoy the problems of others when you are also in trouble. So I think in the end it’s a little more about that. They don’t have much to celebrate, so they have to take any opportunity to do it. They are in a very similar situation to us in the table.
“I don’t like to connect the club with such posts or tweets because probably the person who did it did it by himself. I don’t believe it was (Mikel) Arteta who posted it — probably it was some guy who has been working from home for three months. No problem, at home we will be waiting for them!”
It’s good to note that Mourinho mentions that both sides are in a similar position. He clearly forgot, however, this is supposed to be the best Spurs side in multiple generations while Arsenal’s is quite clearly one of the worst.
Perhaps some of the glee Arsenal fans are feeling at present has more to do with having to listen to large sections of the media talk about power shifts for years while Spurs won nothing and Arsenal picked up three FA Cups.
Perhaps it’s about Spurs being on the way back down without ever closing the League title gap that stands at 13 v 2 to anything even close to respectable.
Or perhaps it’s got something to do with the relentless crowing they did, just because they finished above us for a couple of seasons.
Arsenal travel to Tottenham this weekend but Mourinho is already preparing to lose. “To be honest, to be the champions of north London means nothing to me,” he said. “You must be bigger than that and have more ambition than that.”
How about telling that to your own club, first, huh, Jose?
We aren’t the ones who bring out DVDs and mugs when we beat Tottenham…