Report reveals why Arsenal were not pleased with recent Mourinho comments

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Dom Le Roy

The Athletic’s David Ornstein has claimed that eyebrows were raised at Arsenal after Jose Mourinho expressed his displeasure about Gareth Bale being overseen by a Gunners coach while on international duty with Wales.

In the absence of Ryan Giggs, Wales will be led by assistant coaches Robert Page and Albert Stuivenberg, the latter of whom works alongside Mikel Arteta at Arsenal.

Mourinho admitted last week that Bale being under Stuivenberg’s supervision made him uncomfortable and suggested that national team coaches should not work with any clubs (Football.London).

Ornstein reveals that this did not sit well with Tottenham’s North London rivals, particularly since one of Mourinho’s collogues, Chris Powell has a similar dual role with England.

Powell, who is the head of coaching for Tottenham’s Under-17s to Under-23s, is also said to be part of Gareth Southgate’s backroom staff.

Additionally, Southgate’s assistant manager, Steve Holland, is said to have worked for the Football Association since 2013, including a two and a half year spell that he was part of Mourinho’s coaching staff at Stamford Bridge.

So it is suggested that Arsenal view the Tottenham manager’s stance as a bit of a double-standard.

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