Five managerial options Arsenal should pick their permanent manager from
Arsenal sacked their manager Unai Emery on last Friday which has opened the debate of who will be the next manager of Arsenal football club. The decision was made after Arsenal’s poor run of form in the last few months winning just 1 game of 10 in all competitions. The loss against Eintracht Frankfurt proved to be his last game in charge. Former Gunner Freddie Ljungberg has taken over on an interim basis while the club identifies and name the new manager.
Arsenal is still a big club which can attract the best managers around the world irrespective of their recent form. So let’s look at the five candidates who can lead Arsenal in the future on a long term basis:
1.NUNO ESPIRITO SANTO
People were already linking him with the job prior to Emery’s sacking. But with now Emery gone Arsenal can make a contact with the current Wolves boss. Nuno has never managed a big club like Arsenal and he has no trophies to show for it either but the Portuguese’s achievements with Wolves is the one to look out for. Last season Wolves over achieved and had an amazing record against the top 6. They also secured Europa league football for this season and they currently sit 5th in the table above the likes of Arsenal, United & Spurs. But it looks really unlikely that he will leave his current club in the mid season when they’re doing quite well.
2. MAURICIO POCHETTINO
The one who catches the eye of all the people will be Mauricio Pochettino who was recently sacked by Arsenal’s bitter rivals Tottenham. Spurs have moved on with Mourinho securing 3 wins of 3 since the Argentine’s sacking but their fans would understandably not accept their ex manager to manage their rivals. On the other hand despite of his connections with Spurs Arsenal fans will take Pochettino any day heir club. He would bring an exciting and attacking brand of football which supporters are dying for the last few months.The big clubs around Europe would be keen to take him at their club. So if Arsenal want to hire him they need to be quick.
Allegri is currently out of work. He was one of the few managers who were interviewed after Arsene Wenger left. At the end Unai Emery got the job. Allegri has numerous titles in Italy and could tempt Arsenal again to go for him. The Italian is a defensive minded coach which Arsenal desperately need right now after some poor defensive displays lately. His English could be a barrier but his record with Juventus speaks for itself winning the Serie A for 5 times in a row. Same as Pochettino if Arsenal want him as their manager they need to act fast as the big clubs around the world could also look for a managerial change.
4. MIKEL ARTETA
Arteta was closer than Allegri when the Arsenal hierarchy were looking for the new manager. The Spaniard knows the club well having played for them for 5 years. He captained Arsenal and was loved by their fans. But Arteta has no experience in management yet. He has been an assistant to Pep at Manchester City for more than 3 years now and might have learned a lot about how to manage a club. But he just might be the option for the future.
5. FREDDIE LJUNGBERG
The Swede will manage the Arsenal squad at the weekend against Norwich in the premier league and he will do everything possible to make that job permanent. Freddie Ljungberg played for Arsenal as Winger between 1998 and 2007 and was also the part of the famous Invincible side who went on to be unbeaten for the whole season. He was recently promoted to the Assistant Manager role after an impressive spell with the Arsenal U23’s. Same as Arteta, Ljungberg is also loved by the majority fanbase and will get the support he needs. If Arsenal show an upturn in form he could be hired on a permanent basis. Arsenal can also avoid paying him high salary as compared to the other managers around the world. But the Arsenal board will be aware of what happened with Manchester United after they appointed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer permanently. So they have to make the right call otherwise they might suffer the similar fate.
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