Arsene Wenger has admitted he hopes Jose Mourinho struggles in his first season at Manchester United so that Arsenal can take full advantage in the title race.
Mourinho, 53, takes on Bournemouth in his first league game as United boss on Sunday.
The Red Devils are many people’s tips for the title this season having signed Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Paul Pogba and Eric Bailly this summer.
Wenger’s entering the final year of his contract at the Emirates and would love to end his time at the club with a league title.
Mourinho’s return to management sees the 53-year-old reunite his rivalry with Wenger but the 66-year-old says he hopes his old foe takes the time to settle at Old Trafford to hand the Gunners the advantage.
“That’s what we have to show, that our stability gives us an edge,” said Wenger.
“Jose Mourinho has come in at Man United. Will that all click very quickly or will it take some time? We don’t know.
“Sometimes it can work marvellously well, sometimes it takes time. I hope it takes time and we can take advantage of the fact that we have stability.”
Having taken over from Louis van Gaal in May, Jose Mourinho is hoping to restore the glory days at Old Trafford. Having signed Eric Bailly, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Paul Pogba, things are also looking up for the Red Devils.
Mourinho knows how to suss out the big teams and is one of the most tactically astute in the game.
Given the fact he has won the league title in each of the first seasons he has managed a club, it is hard to put it past him repeating the feat.
United have a relatively straightforward start to the season. The Red Devils take on Leicester, Bournemouth, Southampton, Hull, Manchester City and Watford. At least 12 points is an achievable target from these set of fixtures.
The league is as strong as ever. Chelsea are rebuilding under Antonio Conte, while Pep Guardiola has made some shrewd signings at City. Winning the title might be tricky, but they are most likely to do better than the last term.