Mikel Arteta: Arsenal boss says Jose Mourinho is still a world class manager

10 July 2020, 08:22 | Updated: 10 July 2020, 10:36

Mikel Arteta has defended Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho ahead of Sunday's north London derby, insisting he is still a world class manager.

Arteta takes on Mourinho's Spurs in his first derby match as Arsenal boss, live on Sky Sports, with both teams still in the race for European football following draws in midweek.

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Tottenham go into the derby on the back of a disappointing 0-0 draw against Bournemouth, with Mourinho's tactics coming under scrutiny after his side failed to register a single shot on target during the stalemate.

Arteta says the former Chelsea, Manchester United and Real Madrid manager's track record cannot be dismissed and he expects Spurs to be successful under him given time.

"Absolutely [he's still a world class manager]," he replied when asked if Mourinho is still the force he once was.

"I have huge respect for Jose and what he's trying to do. He makes sure that he wins and he has won at every single club he has been.

"I'm sure he will be successful. It will take him a bit of time.

"He has a very clear way of playing and how he manages games. Clean sheets is a big part of what he wants to do.

"They have had a lot of injuries. He always finds a way to be successful."

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Watch Spurs vs Arsenal on Sunday. Coverage begins on Sky Sports Premier League and Main Event from 4:15pm; kick-off is at 4:30pm