Unai Emery replacement already known by Arsenal board

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One look through Twitter on Sunday night said it all. If Arsenal fans had been willing to back Unai Emery following their mixed start to the Premier League season, their 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace certainly prompted reason for a rethink.

It was another chastening afternoon for the Gunners who, 18 months on from Arsene Wenger’s exit, appear no better.

Emery has one of the best attacks in the Premier League at Arsenal but the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette and Nicolas Pepe now look lost.

And, in the middle of the park, Granit Xhaka produced a strop so big it may even cost him the Gunners armband.

Arsenal are willing to give Emery time to turn things around. Ideally, until the end of the season.

But if they’re forced to pull the trigger on the Spaniard’s reign, then their replacement for the 47-year-old should be obvious.

Arsenal fans may not like it, but Jose Mourinho could be the solution to their Premier League woes.

Let’s face it. It’s no longer good enough to produce sparkling, attacking football.

It works for Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola because, over at Liverpool and Manchester City, they have the tools required for the job.

Arsenal, despite having a good attack, don’t have the same. There’s still so much rebuilding that needs doing over in north London and Emery doesn’t appear to be the man capable of overseeing it.

Some of his acquisitions have been good.

But it’s on the pitch where Arsenal are struggling. Liverpool and Manchester City both have the style and substance to go with it.

Mourinho, out of work and with a point to prove, could be the way to turn.

It’s been 10 months since we last saw the Portuguese. He was sulking on the Liverpool pitch, perhaps aware his time at Manchester United was about to close.

The United job was one Mourinho had always wanted but, in his eyes, he wasn’t given the tools to succeed.

Over at Arsenal, they have everything required.

Mourinho would tighten up the defence. David Luiz may be a mistake waiting to happen but the likes of Hector Bellerin, Sokratis and Kieran Tierney would flourish under him.

The former Chelsea boss is a defensive-minded coach but that doesn’t mean Arsenal wouldn’t be entertaining under him.

Mourinho’s mentoring of attacking players is often underrated.

He’s aided the careers of Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema, Didier Drogba, Diego Milito, Samuel Eto’o and many, many more.

Tellingly the majority – even Ronaldo, who he fell out with – speak glowingly of what he did for their game.

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