Jay Bothroyd calls on Arsenal to appoint Mourinho

Mourinho & Bench - Chelsea

Former Arsenal youngster wants the club to appoint Jose Mourinho, who is available after being fired by Chelsea.

Former Arsenal academy striker Jay Bothroyd has taken to Twitter to urge the club to consider appointing Jose Mourinho in Arsene Wenger's place.

The Gunners are in fourth position in the Premier League table with four games to go, despite entering 2016 at the top of the league.

Mourinho is available after being dismissed by Chelsea after a poor start to the season, despite winning the league a year ago.

Bothroyd, once capped by England, was an FA Youth Cup winner with Arsenal in 2000, but was sold to Coventry City without making his debut.

He posted a series of tweets on social media explaining the direction he feels his former club should take.

Bothroyd is now 33 and playing in Japan for J-League side Jubilo Iwata.

The Gunners have won just two FA Cup trophies since 2004, failing to mount a serious Premier League challenge, and other than reaching the Champions League Final in 2006, they have not gone far in the competition since, and appear destined to finish trophyless this season.

Arsene Wenger's intentions are unclear, but Jose Mourinho being willing to take over at the Gunners is not considered to be likely.

Register for ARSENAL team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch