Arsenal board looking at three managers as potential Unai Emery replacement


LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 30: Mauricio Pochettino, Manager of Tottenham Hotspur points during the UEFA Champions League Semi Final first leg match between Tottenham Hotspur and Ajax at at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on April 30, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

The Gunners hierarchy has come under stern criticism from the club’s fans who have accused the board of displaying a ‘rudderless’ leadership in a statement released on Sunday.

Arsenal have started the process of looking at potential replacements of manager Unai Emery, with Mauricio Pochettino, Max Allegri and Mikel Arteta all in the frame to replace the under-fire Spaniard.

Mail Online has reported that the boardroom level talks have begun at the club to seriously consider a future in which the ex-Sevilla and PSG manager won’t be a part of the club’s plans.

This news has come at a time when a number of prominent club supporter groups have issued a strongly worded statement to express concern at the ‘desperate state of things’ at the North London outfit.

Pressure has grown on Emery after his team’s latest lifeless performance, a 2-2 draw against 19th place Southampton which left the club eight points adrift of a Champions League qualifying spot.

Arsenal board looking at Pochettino to replace Emery

Pochettino head coach of Spurs
MUNICH, GERMANY - JULY 30: Mauricio Pochettino, head coach of Tottenham gestures during the Audi Cup 2019 semi final match between Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur at Allianz Arena on July 30, 2019 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Bongarts/Getty Images)

The report which states that the Gunners hierarchy is looking at potential replacements of Emery has named the former Tottenham boss as one of the Spaniard’s potential successors at the club.

The Argentine manager is reportedly on the good books of key members of the Arsenal board who admire the way he set up his team to play during his five-and-a-bit-year stint with Spurs.

However, even if the rumored interest is true, it seems difficult to imagine a scenario in which Pochettino would like to take over the reins at the Emirates stadium.

The 47-year-old is currently being linked with almost all the biggest clubs in Europe, with the likes of Bayern Munich, Real Madrid and even Manchester United reportedly showing an interest in his services.

In addition to being chased after by the European royalty, Pochettino, according to participants in the latest ESPN FC podcast, might be deterred from taking the Arsenal job due to a clause in his contract which bars him from taking another Premier League job before the end of this season.

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Allegri and Arteta also on Gunners’ radar

Der Gewinn des italienischen Supercups gegen den AC Milan in Jeddah in Saudi-Arabien im Januar 2019 gehört ebenfalls zur Titelsammlung von Massimiliano Allegri bei Juventus Turin.
JEDDAH, SAUDI ARABIA - JANUARY 16: Head coach of Juventus Massimiliano Allegri celebrates after winning the Italian Supercup match between Juventus and AC Milan at King Abdullah Sports City on January 16, 2019 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. (Photo by Marco Rosi/Getty Images for Lega Serie A)

Mikel Arteta was the odds’ on favorite to take the Arsenal job before the club’s hierarchy went for the more experienced Unai Emery two years ago.

At that time, there was concern among the club’s higher-ups that the lack of experience of managing at the top level might not make the ex-Arsenal midfielder a suitable candidate for the job.

However, based on what everybody has seen from Arteta during his assistant-manager role at Manchester City, the 37-year-old has all the traits to be a successful manager in the coming years.

Massimiliano Allegri is the final name on the club’s managerial short-list, with the ex-Juventus boss currently out of a job after he left the Old Lady at the end of last season.

The 52-year-old Italian, who has six Serie A titles on his resume, is certainly the most attractive name on the shortlist. Also, with him currently being out of a job, Allegri seems to be the perfect replacement of Emery should the Spaniard’s time at Arsenal is to come to an end in the near future.

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