Big Match

The rookie v the master

Arteta has had more impact than yesterday's man Mourinho, who could learn from newbie

Jose Mourinho looks on during an English Premier League match in Bournemouth, Britain, on July 9, 2020.
Jose Mourinho looks on during an English Premier League match in Bournemouth, Britain, on July 9, 2020.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

Football as Arsenal knew it changed in 2004. Jose Mourinho arrived in England, deposed Arsene Wenger's Invincibles as champions in his debut campaign and the Gunners had to spend 16 years staring up the league table at others.

Mourinho has the potential to have a different kind of transformative effect tomorrow. Should Arsenal avoid defeat against his Spurs, they will remain ahead of them. Perhaps, for the first time in four seasons, they will be north London's top team.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 11, 2020, with the headline 'The rookie v the master'. Print Edition | Subscribe