Arsenal legend: Mourinho is ‘ordinary’ and Manchester City will retain title

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Arsenal legend Martin Keown has taunted Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho ahead of the new Premier League campaign by calling him 'the Ordinary One'.

Blues boss Mourinho famously earned his nickname of ‘The Special One’ during a press conference upon his arrival at Stamford Bridge back in 2004.

However Mourinho’s side finished third last season and the controversial Portuguese coach was involved in a number of spats last term after falling out with the likes Arsene Wenger, Manuel Pellegrini and even Eden Hazard.

The former Real Madrid coach branded Wenger a "specialist in failure" earlier this year, while the referees' union also felt the wrath of an acid-tongued Mourinho after their defeat away to Aston Villa last term.

And Gunners icon Keown, who played over 400 times for the club, thinks Mourinho has lost much of his allure after last season’s trophy-less campaign.

Speaking to the Daily Mail, Keown said: “The Special One has become the Ordinary One. It’s a big season for him.”

Ex-defender Keown also claimed that Manchester City stand an excellent chance of retaining their Premier League crown, and highlighted their captain Vincent Kompany as one of the primary reasons.

The Belgium international signed a new long-term deal at the Etihad earlier this week, and Keown believes the City skipper’s presence will be key.

“The Arsenal teams I played in never defended their titles,” he added. “You have to go up a notch to win back-to-back because you go from being the hunters to being the hunted. You need to find something else.

“But City have the most impressive captain in the Premier League. I can’t tell you how much I admire Vincent Kompany. What a defender, but what a leader, too.

'If he stays fit, he is the top man. He is mature, intelligent; he can play and has personality. He’s the player the other clubs wish they had. And he can lead City to the title again.”

Chelsea begin their new Premier League season with a visit to Burnley on Monday, while champions City travel to Newcastle United on Sunday.

Meanwhile Arsenal host manager-less Crystal Palace on Saturday, in the game’s 5:30pm kick off.

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