Mourinho takes aim at Arteta by disagreeing with comments on Arsenal boss

Tottenham Hotspur boss Jose Mourinho has disagreed with Eric Dier's claim that Mikel Arteta is "the most exciting young manager in Europe", ahead of the north London derby next Sunday.

The Arsenal manager has come in for criticism this season, with the Gunners sitting 14th in the Premier League table after getting off to their worst start since 1981.

However, Spurs defender Dier praised Arteta, claiming Arsenal are "in good hands" with the Spaniard at the helm.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Dier said: "They’ve got a lot of quality in their team and I think they’ve got a very exciting young manager.

"I think he’s maybe the most – personally, obviously I’m not on the inside – but from what I see, the most exciting young manager in Europe, for sure.

"I like his way and the way in which he seems to be as a manager so I think they’re in good hands in that sense."

Mourinho also called Arteta a "good coach" but admitted it was "very hard" to call him the "most exciting young manager in Europe".

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"I don't want to go in that direction because I don't know them all, and it's very hard to say that," Mourinho told Sky Sports.

"He won an important competition in the first few months of his career [the FA Cup last season], that you cannot deny. To be the Arsenal coach you have to be good, if you are not good you are not there.

"So yes I think Mikel is a good coach, but I want to respect the others, especially the others that I don't know well, and probably are also very talented."

Mourinho went on to speak about the return of fans, with 2,000 Spurs supporters able to attend the derby.

"I think this moment will be a privilege," he added. "They will feel privileged to be one of the 2,000 fans. But it's just the first step. As soon as possible we will have football back to normality."

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