Arsenal are on the search for a new manager after the Gunners finally decided to call time on Unai Emery’s inconsistent 18 months at the Emirates.
Who’s in line to replace him?
We’ve assessed some of the main contenders to fill the vacancy in North London.
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He’s free, experienced and has the kind of CV that Arsenal will be looking for if they want to break back into the top four. Arsenal would arguably have to put the hard yards in to entice him, with Allegri likely to be aiming higher after his trophy-laden stint at Juventus. His language skills may be a concern, although he has been learning English during his sabbatical from the game.
Could the caretaker inherit the crown? Ljungberg now has a small shop window to press his claims for the top job, although a lack of managerial experience could count against him. Could potentially take on an interim stint if an immediate replacement isn’t obvious.
Arguably unlucky not to land the post last time, Arteta is a popular figure in North London and understands the culture at the club after a five-year spell between 2011 and 2016.
He’s already stamped his mark on Leicester in less than six months and surely feels he has another plum Premier League job in him after a disappointing end to his time at Liverpool. However, after abruptly leaving Celtic last season, Rodgers may want to resist gaining a reputation for disloyalty when another club comes calling.
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The Wolves boss has several admirers after turning the club into one of the best to watch in the Premier League since winning promotion in 2017/18. Arsenal may find it hard to prise him away with Nuno very much invested in his project at Molineux. Could he resist the lure of taking on one of the Premier League’s top jobs, however?
This appointment would be a turn up for the books. Would Poch take the likely hit to his reputation by crossing the divide in North London to become the next Arsenal manager? It would certainly suit him geographically, but he may be a man in need of a break after running on empty during his last few months at Tottenham. It’s also another rebuild job similar to the one he inherited at Spurs – and that may not appeal.
Rafa would surely find the lure of another big job in English too hard to resist despite recently insisting he’s committed to his project in Chinese football with Dalian Yifang. The Spaniard could provoke a mixed reaction amongst the Arsenal fanbase similar to the one he experienced at Chelsea, but he’s undoubtedly one of the canniest operators around if Arsenal want a safe pair of hands.
He’s always linked with a big move, but could Arsenal go bold with this appointment and finally hand Howe his chance to show off his talents on a higher stage? Bournemouth would be reluctant to let go of their biggest asset, but surely wouldn’t stand in his way if the Gunners came calling.
Who would you like to see fill the Emirates hotseat?
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