Revealed – The leading candidate to succeed Unai Emery as permanent Arsenal manager

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Manchester City assistant manager and former Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta is the leading candidate to succeed Unai Emery as the next permanent Arsenal head coach.

The Telegraph has reported that the ex-Spanish midfielder is emerging as the top choice of the Arsenal board which is alarmed by the club’s results in the past few months.

However, while the Gunners have already started working through their list of potential permanent managers, they are yet to decide whether to make the appointment now or wait until the end of the ongoing season.

Also, while Arteta is undoubtedly emerging as the prime candidate to replace Emery, the assistant to Pep Guardiola would have to go through a lengthy interview process before Arsenal would hand him the role of their manager.

Arteta would face lengthy job interviews at Arsenal

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Quoting sources close to the club, The Telegraph has confirmed that the Gunners’ higher-ups will organize several rounds of interviews to gauge the ability of their next appointment.

Head of football Raul Sanllehi will join his forces with technical director Edu to gauge the managerial prowess of the candidates in the first round of interviews.

These interviews will be followed by managing director Vinai Venkatesham and director of football operations Huss Fahmy meeting contenders in another round of talks.

The candidate who would pass do well during both these interview stages will then be jetted out to America to meet with the Gunners’ owner Stan Kroenke and his son Josh, after which the duo will give their verdict on whether or not to name the interviewee as Arsenal’s next permanent manager.


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With Brendan Rodgers having already signed a new long-term contract at Leicester City and Eddie Howe refusing to leave Bournemouth mid-season, Arteta has emerged as the bookies’ favorite to land the Gunners job.

Provided Pep Guardiola doesn’t block the move of his assistant to London, which he might do by luring the Spaniard with the prospect of succeeding him at Manchester City, there aren’t many other reasons one could foresee stopping Arteta from declining the opportunity to manage the Gunners.

Freddie Ljungberg, who was named the club’s interim manager after the departure of Unai Emery, has been unable to convince either the fans or the board about his ability to manage the club for long-term, with the Gunners losing one and drawing another of the Swede’s opening 2 games at the helm.

If results don’t improve soon for the club, and Arsenal are unable to get anything but a win from their Monday night clash with West Ham, the pressure would increase on the club’s hierarchy to find and appoint a permanent successor to Emery.

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