Raheem Sterling was adjudged to have been fouled in the box, but Mourinho said it was “never a penalty”.
Harry Kane saw his resulting penalty saved by Denmark goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel, only to tuck home the rebound to give England a 2-1 lead that ultimately proved enough to send them into the Euro 2020 final.
The result was just-reward for an excellent performance by Gareth Southgate’s side. But Mourinho says the decision itself was very soft.
“England were fantastic but, for me, it was never a penalty,” the former Spurs manager told TalkSport.
“At this level, the semi-final of the Euros, I don’t understand the referee’s decision and even less why the Var did not bring the referee to the screen.
“I’m very happy that England won. As a football man, I am disappointed that a penalty was given.”
Mikel Arteta insists he remains the right man to revive Arsenal but insists the club’s hierarchy must get “ruthless” over the summer months in order to overcome yet another below-par campaign, one which he thinks continues a five-year decline.
The Gunners boss insists the club’s decline started well before him and even before Arsene Wenger left, with Unai Emery – the man who dumped Arsenal out of the Europa League at the semi-final stage on Thursday night – failing to arrest the slide after the Frenchman left in 2018.
Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke is expected to stick with Arteta into next season although the north Londoners’ season, which was pinned on the Europa League, fell apart this week.
A 0-0 draw against Villarreal, after a 2-1 first-leg defeat, means Arsenal’s chances of silverware are over and that they will go another year without Champions League football having been stuck outside of UEFA’s premier competition since 2016-17.
Arteta’s charges are sat ninth in the Premier League table at present and could feasibly finish in the bottom half for the first time since the 1994-95 season.
The season after that was the last time Arsenal had no European football and it is highly likely that their 25-year run of Champions League or Europa League football will end. It does not even appear that there will be Europa Conference League nights at the Emirates next term.
Yet though Arsenal are moving further backwards, having won the FA Cup last season and the Community Shield at the start of the current campaign which has soured badly, Arteta is confident he can be the one to turn the tide.
But the former midfielder insists it will be no easy task because he claims Arsenal have been battling mediocrity for the past five years, despite winning two FA Cups in that time.
And Arteta wants Arsenal to get ruthless as he made it clear to the Kroenkes that they must address the problems in their first-team squad over the summer.
The Spaniard said: “We have not been competing with the top clubs in this country for five years. It is not as if this process started six months ago – it started five years ago and you can see this trend.
“I understand those concerns because when you are out of the Champions League for five years it is not just a casualty, it’s a trend.
“This year is not year one. I think a project has its phases and I am telling you we are in a much better position today to be where we want to be very soon, if we do what we have to do.
“But we have to be ruthless. There is no time to waste and there is a lot to do.
“What I felt was a deep pain because where this club is at the moment, with everything it has been through over the last months, I had a feeling that if we could take the team to the final, it could be a great turning point.
“I know that we have disappointed a lot of people as well, and that really hurts because we want to give the best to everybody, but one thing I made clear is that to do what we want to do, I have no doubts that we are going to achieve it. If not, I wouldn’t be sat here.”
Arteta is desperate to repay the club’s fanbase, who have largely stuck by the former captain’s side, at least prior to the semi-final loss to Villarreal, which prevented an all-English final showdown against Manchester United.
“They have been incredible with the team and incredible with me since I arrived and I have to show my appreciation first of all,” Arteta, 39, said.
“I know their disappointment. We are here to give them joy, to give them moments where they can feel proud of what we do.
“We were able to do that last season and we haven’t this season. We are the ones who have to give them something to cheer about. I think it is our moment to do something for them.”
Arsenal will look to pick themselves up and at least end the season respectably following their European disappointment.
They take on West Brom this Sunday (7pm kick-off) knowing they could relegate the Baggies with a win, then face Champions League finalists and London rivals Chelsea at Stamford Bridge the following Wednesday.
Arteta’s first full season in charge then sees Arsenal face Crystal Palace in their penultimate match before hosting Brighton to see out the campaign.
Arsene Wenger believes Chelsea have been left with a huge dilemma as to how to approach their Champions League semi-final second leg with Real Madrid next week after they drew 1-1 in Spain on Tuesday.
A Christian Pulisic away goal gave the Blues the perfect start to the tie, but Karim Benzema’s equaliser ensured there is still all to play for in the return at Stamford Bridge on May 5.
It means that Chelsea only need a 0-0 draw to progress to their first Champions League final since 2012, and there may be a temptation from Thomas Tuchel to adopt a more defensive approach when they meet Los Blancos again.
But speaking as a pundit on beIN Sports, Wenger stated his belief that they should go out and try to win the second leg.
“What is interesting in the Champions League is that you always have in the second game a psychological problem to sort out,” Wenger said.
“If you’re the manager of Chelsea now you go home tonight and you have to convince your players to adopt a strategy in the second game.
“So I say, will you try to get 0-0 or will you try to win the game? I would try to win the game. Because Madrid is in a different situation psychologically. They go to Chelsea and even if they score a goal it doesn’t change too much, they just play.
“You are always be in trouble when the way to behave is not clear. Because the lack of clarity gets the players in between two [mindsets].
“For Madrid they have one advantage – they are clear, they know what to do for the second leg.”
Chelsea are still fighting on three fronts this season, with the side facing a battle to finish in the top four and also with an FA Cup final with Leicester on the horizon.
And it will be intriguing to see to what extent Tuchel decides to rotate his squad in this weekend’s West London derby against Fulham ahead of that all-important second match against Madrid.
Arsenal icon Arsene Wenger has confirmed he is willing to help club legends Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp and Patrick Vieira in their joint takeover bid alongside Spotify CEO Daniel Ek, despite current owners the Kroenke family insisting they will not sell.
Gunners fans are dreaming of a potential takeover in the coming months after taking to the Emirates in their thousands to protest against the current owners.
Following the European Super League fiasco, coupled with the consistently below-expectations results on the pitch, fans have started to call for change in their droves.
Spotify co-founder and self-proclaimed Arsenal fan Ek recently confirmed he is looking into the potential of buying the club, and has asked Henry, Bergkamp and Vieira for their support if he is successful.
And now, Wenger has thrown his hat into the ring by confirming he would do whatever he could to help the club he managed for 22 years.
Speaking to beIN Sports, he expressed he is still an Arsenal fan and wants to see the club run in the correct way, saying: “I would say I like the fact that former people of the club run the club.
“Basically you have two examples in the football world – former players who run the club like Bayern [Munich], or big investors who buy a club like Man City.
“I personally, because I’m a football man, I like the fact that former Arsenal players take over and give advice.
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“For the project, I prefer personally… the best deals I made were when nobody knew about it and you come out and it’s done. When you announce things, you have a mountain to climb after. Nobody wants to give in. It’s easier always when you do your deals, when it’s done you come out and [announce it].
“Look, I will always support Arsenal. If I can help Arsenal I will do it in any way. That’s my answer. If not, I am happy in my life.”
Earlier on Tuesday, however, Josh and Stan Kroenke issued a statement confirming they would reject any takeover bid made for the club.
The statement read: “In recent days we have noted media speculation regarding a potential takeover bid for Arsenal Football Club. We remain 100 per cent committed to Arsenal and are not selling any stake in the club. We have not received any offer and we will not entertain any offer.
“Our ambition for Arsenal remains to compete to win the biggest trophies in the game and our focus remains on improving our competitiveness on the pitch to achieve this.”
Wenger often received criticism from fans towards the end of his time at the Emirates, and the Frenchman conceded that he made mistakes towards the end of his tenure.
However, he insisted that he only ever had the club’s best interests in mind, adding: “I think the fans give me credit that I always put Arsenal first. I sacrificed many of the best years of my life in my career to help the club get out of building the new stadium without any money from anybody.
“We didn’t go out and say we needed money, we did it with the quality of our work and we remained at the top.
“Yes, I was criticised, you have to accept that when you’re in a public job. I don’t think anyone would question the fact that I did it genuinely with desire to do what is best for the club. Afterwards, I made mistakes, I don’t deny that.”
Konstantinos Mavropanos says he’s still in the dark over his future at Arsenal and admits he could stay at Stuttgart beyond this season.
The Arsenal centre-back, signed by Arsene Wenger in 2018, penned a new deal with the Emirates club before joining Stuttgart on a season-long loan in July.
The Gunners were keen to keep the Greek defender on their books while he developed elsewhere, but Mavropanos suggests he hasn’t had much contact with his parent club.
So little in fact that the centre-back is considering making his loan move permanent, with Stuttgart said to be on board with signing Mavropanos in the summer transfer window.
Mavropanos told Bild: “I can’t say that at the moment (if I will return to Arsenal).
“Things can change quickly in football. I still have two months here in Stuttgart and would like to end the season with the team as high up as possible.
“The door at VfB is open for me [to stay another year] – that’s very good, but I can only think specifically about the future when we have talks with Arsenal for the new season.”
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta hasn’t spoken out about Mavropanos personally in recent weeks, but he did claim to be keeping in regular contact with players out on loan.
“We’re having meetings very often to assess what they’re doing and obviously, we’re getting all the information and watching their games because I want to keep a very close eye on what they’re doing,” said the Spaniard.
“We were talking for example with Ben Knapper, who is our loan manager, who is in charge of monitoring everything we are doing, and we are in contact with the players. Let’s see.
“It’s good news that they are playing and it’s good news that they have the possibility to have a lot of minutes because that’s going to give us a much better perception of where they are and how we can use them.”
Fernando Torres completed a blockbuster move to Chelsea whilst Andy Carroll and Luis Suarez joined Liverpool.
As all the drama elsewhere captured the headlines, Eisfeld was flown from Germany on a private jet and found himself sat in Arsene Wenger’s office.
He was just 19 at the time, and a few years earlier his agent had asked him the dream outcome of his career.
“I’d love to play for Arsenal at some stage,” he replied.
Somewhat out of the blue, his golden opportunity arrived.
“The deal was quite last-minute,” he recalls. “I was on a plane over, did the medical then was sat in Arsene’s office.
“Obviously as a young player it’s very, very exciting to meet someone of the calibre of Arsene Wenger.
“Especially because at the time I played for Dortmund Under-19s. I hadn’t had much to do with the first-team yet, I had trained with them only two or three times.
“I was quite new to senior football and now I was sat in Arsene Wenger’s office, talking to him about the way he wanted to play football, him giving me compliments.
“I think he said that I seemed to be a technically gifted player, and coming from him that was very, very special.”
The compliments Eisfeld received that day in Wenger’s office were nothing compared to those uttered by the legendary Frenchman after his first Arsenal start.
Having put together an impressive run at Under-23s level, the youngster caught the eye against West Bromwich Albion in a League Cup game in September 2013.
He scored the opener and was a live wire throughout, prompting Wenger to compare him to one of the stars of his Invincibles side.
“He is a Pires type,” Wenger purred.
“He appears to be in the box without being noisy and appearing suddenly. When he is there, he finishes well.
“He has that kind of quality that some midfielders have – not many. They have the timing to get in dangerous situations. When they have those dangerous situations, they are like snakes. They bite you to death because they don’t miss their first touch.
“He’s cool enough in front of goal and he finishes well.”
They were comments which, understandably, generated plenty of noise and excitement.
“I read at the time that Arsene Wenger had compared me to Pires after the game,” Eisfeld recalls.
“Obviously that was very, very special but I’m really not one to read too much in the media about games or performances.
“I’ve always known that football is a very forgetful environment – one day you are the hero then the next time you can be the villain, so I tried to stay away from that.
“But I remember the Pires thing very fondly because it came from Arsene Wenger, who, for me is such an important person in football.
“You could go as far as to say Arsene Wenger changed the landscape of football as a whole, to a degree, not just Arsenal, so to hear that from him was very special.
“To be part of a team that was part of that era with him, with the freedom he gave the boys to play a unique way, that was a massive honour and something I’ll always look back on fondly.”
Eisfeld’s Hawthorns masterclass proved the only start he ever made for Arsenal, but his other competitive appearance was just as memorable.
The League Cup again provided a platform for first-team action but, when introduced against Reading at the Madjeski Stadium the previous season, the Gunners looked dead and buried.
What ensued was what can only be described as chaos, with Arsenal completing a remarkable comeback to eventually win a 12-goal thriller after extra-time.
“I had never been in a game like that and I never have been since,” he recalls. “Coming on at 4-1 down and then winning the game 7-5? That’s a memory I’ll carry with me for the rest of my life.
“I made a few key passes to help with the turnaround, so it was a very satisfying debut for me and made me very proud. I’ll never forget it.”
The circumstances of Eisfeld’s introduction mean that day has taken on a even greater significance.
Serge Gnabry was the man to make way for his introduction, a fellow German who has grown to become a close friend and gone on to achieve stardom elsewhere.
“It was very, very special, especially some of the details,” he states. “I actually came on for Serge Gnabry, who is obviously doing very well for Germany and Bayern nowadays.
“I still have very close contact with Serge and he became a really good friend of mine during our time at Arsenal.
“To come on for someone who is now a close friend, win the game in those circumstances and play a good game as well is something I’ll always remember.”
By that stage, Eisfeld was under no illusions as to the magnitude of the club he had joined.
That became perfectly clear on a pre-season tour of Asia just a few months after he arrived.
“The first six months, I trained quite a bit with the first-team and played mostly for the reserves, but that actually went really well,” he explains.
“When the pre-season tour came, it was a real success for me. I scored a few goals and at the end I was voted as the player of the tour by a section of the supporters, I think maybe the Asian supporters’ club but I’m not quite sure who it was exactly.
“I obviously knew before that Arsenal was a big club, but I think it was when we went to Asia that I realised what a massive following they have around the world.
“When you arrive on the other side of the world and there are about 10,000 people at the airport waiting for you, going crazy for the squad, it felt a bit like being a pop star.
“It really left a lasting impression about the significance of the club but also how big the opportunity was for me as a player.”
Despite flashes of his potential and Wenger’s bold comparisons, circumstances conspired against Eisfeld in his quest to make the grade at Arsenal.
The emergence of Jack Wilshere, the form of Aaron Ramsey and, in 2013, the signing of Mesut Ozil meant competition for places was high.
In his search for regular first-team football to continue his development, he opted to make the short move across London to link-up with Felix Magath at Fulham in 2015.
“It was one of those situations where as much as I loved my time at Arsenal, for me to be a regular in the senior squad in a team that plays at the highest level, I needed to play more,” he explains.
“At that time I had significant competition in my position, world class players with international reputations.
“We had Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey then Mesut Ozil joined as well, and they’d all proved they could perform at a high level.
“I just felt at that time I needed to find a club where I could play senior football week in, week out. I was sad to leave, but considering the competition I just didn’t see that being possible at Arsenal.
“There was a moment where we thought about extending my contract for a year and loaning me out, but I had a very good conversation with the guys at Fulham, including Felix Magath who was manager at the time, and got the feeling I would feature there much more regularly.
“I had a fantastic time at Arsenal, I still look back at it very proud and happy about the time I spent there, but I also look back with a bit of sadness after leaving.”
On paper, the move to Craven Cottage made perfect sense.
In reality, things could barely have turned out worse.
Magath’s sacking just seven games after Eisfeld’s arrival spelt the end of his first-team chances.
“Hindsight is a beautiful thing,” he admits. “In hindsight, the move to Fulham was maybe not the best.
“But that’s not something you can know in that moment. I had very good conversations with Felix Magath about how he intended to develop me, develop the squad and the role I would play.
“The overall project just seemed really solid and really positive at that moment, and based on that information it was a good decision.
“But Felix Magath got let go after seven games there, that didn’t help, and the manager from the reserves, Kit Symons, came up to manage the first team.
“On the very first day of training I was put in the second training group, training on a separate pitch nearby and it was pretty clear there was change coming and not for the better.
“It was quite demoralising, but I never gave up the fight, I had a few good games for the reserves, scored a few goals, and tried to get in contention for the first-team.
“But the whole reason for leaving Arsenal was to really find my feet and become a constant presence in a first-team somewhere, and it became quite clear after a few weeks under Kit Symons that it was not going to be the case at Fulham.”
With his Premier League dream in tatters, Eisfeld opted to head back to his homeland.
“When I decided to leave Fulham, I initially went to Bochum on loan,” he says. “They are a very traditional team in Germany, having spent many years in the Bundesliga and never being lower than the second division.
“They’re a big club, and I knew the area around Bochum, too, because Dortmund is about 16 miles away.
“They’re neighbouring cities, I played a lot against Bochum growing up, and my childhood sweetheart, who I’m still with, still had a place in the area.
“To go there was quite an easy option, being a solid club and an area I knew well, and it was a good move for me.
“Under Gertjan Verbeek as a manager, a very technical manager who likes to play attractive football, I had a very good time.
“When I came back to Fulham I was hoping I may have made the impression they were looking for to get another chance, but it was clear in the pre-season that wouldn’t be the case.
“When it dawned on me that the Fulham chapter wouldn’t work out, I decided to join Bochum permanently and I’ve been there since.”
After six seasons at Bochum, Eisfeld’s contract is up in the summer and he is still uncertain as to what the future will hold.
Still only 28, the playmaker admits a return to England would have a certain degree of appeal.
“There are various exciting opportunities for me,” he says. “But because of circumstances mostly not within my control, it felt like I never quite had that window of opportunity to show what I could do in England.
“It feels a little bit like I’ve got unfinished business there. I loved the culture, loved the people and I could definitely imagine playing there again.”
Whilst the ship has sailed with Arsenal, Eisfeld retains fond memories of his whirlwind few years living the dream in North London.
He also watches on with intrigue with a former team-mate, Mikel Arteta, now filling the void left by the legendary Wenger after his retirement.
Arteta’s transition comes as no surprise to Eisfeld, who is confident he is the right man for the job.
“From my point of view, it was always clear in the dressing room that Arteta had the ability to move on and become either a manager or a sporting director,” he recalls.
“He’s an intelligent individual, extremely committed. He was always one of the earliest guys at the training ground, he would do things extremely diligently and correctly.
“When you heard him talk in team meetings and things you could just hear his leadership skills and his people skills, so I wasn’t surprised to see him move into the managerial side of the game.
“Obviously Arsenal had a lot of change after Arsene Wenger, but I think Arteta has got what it takes if he’s given time to bring the club back to the level that they belong.
“That’s in the top four of English football, for sure. With that stadium, those supporters and with that squad, they belong in the Champions League and I have faith that with Arteta that can be possible again in the future.”