Jose Mourinho has been heavily linked with the Arsenal job in recent days.
There have been a number of contrasting reports linking ‘the special one’ with the Emirates hot seat, with pressure rising on Unai Emery.
It had been claimed that Mourinho himself was keen to take the role, while those behind the scenes at Arsenal aren’t so interested.
However, the prospect of Mourinho taking over at the Emirates is both an exciting and nerve-wracking one for Arsenal supporters.
He’s a manager that guarantees trophies wherever he goes, but as a former Chelsea and Man United boss, would he be that welcome in North London?
The links got us thinking about how the Gunners may line up if he were to take over at Arsenal and with a few changes to the team, this is one way we think the team could look like.
GK - Bernd Leno
This isn’t a position that Arsenal need to worry about strengthening – there’s no reason to suggest why he wouldn’t be number one under Mourinho.
RB - Hector Bellerin
Bellerin slots into the right-back slot and when fully fit, the Spaniard will be a huge asset to whoever is in charge of the Gunners.
CB - Rob Holding
During his time at Chelsea and Man United recently, Mourinho has shown that if they’re good enough, he is willing to put faith in young defenders. Holding could be the man to really step up at the back.
CB - Jerome Boateng
Jerome Boateng was heavily linked with a move to Manchester United during Mourinho’s time in charge and with the German no longer first choice in Munich – could he be tempted by a move to London?
LB - Kieran Tierney
Tierney would be a great fit under Mourinho, providing the defensive stability and attacking energy that he desires.
CDM - Nemanja Matic
Nemanja Matic has been Mourinho’s go-to midfielder since returning to Chelsea for a second spell. As a manager that demands instant success, could a short-term move for Matic be a possibility?
CDM - Lucas Torreira
Torreira could slot in alongside Matic to provide the energy and mobility in deeper midfield areas.
RM - Nicolas Pepe
If he were to take the Arsenal job, one of Mourinho’s biggest early tasks would be to bring the best out of Nicolas Pepe.
CAM - Mesut Ozil
Mesut Ozil could be brought back in from the cold to play a pivotal role in the Arsenal team. The German played some of his best football under Mourinho at Madrid.
LM - Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Aubameyang would likely remain out wide, but his heart and desire off the ball would no doubt see him become a popular figure with Mourinho.
ST - Alexandre Lacazette
Mourinho has spoken of his admiration for Lacazette in the past and he’d be out to make him the lethal striker that Arsenal fans know he can be.