Former Arsenal midfielder asks Arteta to take a leaf out of Mourinho’s playbook

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Dom Le Roy

Former Arsenal and Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has urged Mikel Arteta to take a leaf out of Jose Mourinho’s playbook and prioritise results first before worrying about implementing his favoured philosophy or style of play.

There was plenty of optimism about Arsenal’s new era under Arteta at the start of the campaign, while the consensus about Jose Mourinho was that he was past his best.

However, eight games into the campaign, Mourinho has shown that he is still very much relevant, with some pundits now predicting that the Portuguese coach could upset the apple cart and potentially guide Tottenham to the league title.

Meanwhile, the Gunners have struggled to string results together, while Arteta has come under criticism from sections of the Arsenal fan base for adopting a negative style of play.

Fabregas, who won the title under Mourinho at Chelsea, believes that getting good results can lay the foundation for Arteta to implement his style of play at the Emirates.

The Spaniard told 90 min: “That’s the key nowadays (Getting results early on), especially from what I’ve seen in the last four or five years with coaches that I’ve had.

“They come with an idea, they try to start with that idea, but as soon as something goes wrong, they become a little bit… not scared, but they prefer to get results and get confidence, rather than keep going with their philosophy or their ideas and lose.

“Like [Jose] Mourinho always used to say, you need to be pragmatic. Maybe at the beginning nowadays, you do need to get results first, I don’t deny that, but you have to have the personality.”

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