Five managers in the frame to replace Unai Emery as next Arsenal manager
Arsenal has just fired Unai Emery, indeed it was an outcome that most of us have expected for some time. Now the attention turns to who will be the next Arsenal manager.
For Arsenal fans, it was overdue and it is time for them to get their season started. It remains to be seen if it was Unai Emery that was holding Arsenal back, however, now that the Spaniard is gone, he has to be replaced.
In this article, we talk about the five leading candidates who could become Arsenal’s next manager, according to the bookies.
1. Fredrik Ljungberg
Ljungberg was a member of Unai Emery’s backroom staff and he was responsible for the Spaniard giving first-team chances to the likes of Bukayo Saka.
However, he has no Pro Licence and can only be the manager for 12 weeks. Ljungberg also hasn’t had any senior managerial role before now and he may be too inexperienced for this role. A caretaker is best he can hope for now.
2. Nuno Espirito Santo
Nuno moved towards the top of the list of Arsenal’s target this week and the Portuguese boss is definitely one of the favourites.
Leaving Wolves in midseason and in the middle of making a very big impact at the club may not be the smartest thing to do, but the Arsenal job is an upgrade and I think it would be good for all parties, except Wolves.
3. Mikel Arteta
Mikel Arteta has also been linked with a return to the Emirates because of the success he has achieved as Manchester City’s number two.
The Spaniard was linked with the job before Emery got it and this could be his chance, but I believe it would be hard to take him away in midseason and to a club in a crisis like Arsenal. Next summer may be a better time for Arteta.
4. Mauricio Pochettino
Mauricio Pochettino may have been fired by Arsenal’s biggest rivals after five trophyless seasons, but the Argentinean remains one of the best managers in the world.
He has a good man-management skill which would be perfect for Arsenal players right now. But having just left Spurs, it would take some guts for him to take a job at Arsenal so soon.
5. Massimiliano Allegri
Max Allegri completely dominated the Italian game for years as the manager of Juventus before leaving them last summer.
The Italian doesn’t set up his team to play the most attractive football, but they get the result. I don’t think he would want to cut his year off from football to take the job.