Top candidates to replace Unai Emery after his sacking by Arsenal


WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 29: Nuno Espirito Santo, Manager of Wolverhampton Wanderers celebrates following his sides victory in during the UEFA Europa League Play-Off: Second Leg match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Torino at Molineux on August 29, 2019 in Wolverhampton, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Unai Emery was sacked by the Arsenal board after the team’s dismal 2-1 defeat at the hands of Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League group stage game on Thursday night.

After more than a season in his job as Arsenal manager, Unai Emery was given the sack after the club’s dismal performances in both the domestic and European competitions this season.

The former Sevilla manager who took the Gunners to the Europa League final last season was unable to win over the club’s fans due to his side’s faltering performances in the past few months.

His last game as the side’s manager ended in a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Bundesliga outfit Eintracht Frankfurt in a dead-rubber Europa League tie on Thursday night.

Emery’s assistant and Arsenal legend Freddie Ljungberg has been given the job on an interim basis, and the Arsenal board has already started negotiations with a number of candidates with a view to making a permanent appointment in the near future.

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Mikel Arteta, who is currently serving as an assistant to Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola, is among the favorites to take the Arsenal job on a permanent basis.

The midfielder turned coach was one of the candidates Arsenal talked to before the club chose the more experienced Unai Emery to succeed Arsene Wenger.

One of the major reasons why the Arsenal higher-ups were reluctant to give the former Everton midfielder the job was his inexperience of managing any club at any level. However, given how their experience with Emery turned out, it is believed that the club’s board might get bolder in their selection process this time around.

Nuno Espirito Santo

The favorite candidate according to the bookmakers to take over at Arsenal, the Wolves manager has made quite a name for himself during his one-and-a-bit year stint in the Premier League.

Apart from helping Wolves win promotion to the Premier League, Nuno then coached the midlands club to a Europa League finish in the club’s first season in the English top flight. His second season at the club is going equally well as Wolves sit above Arsenal and Manchester United in the Premier League table.

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Outside choices: Carlo Ancelotti and Massimiliano Allegri

NAPLES, ITALY - APRIL 18: Coach of SSC Napoli Carlo Ancelotti looks on during the UEFA Europa League Quarter Final Second Leg match between S.S.C. Napoli and Arsenal at Stadio San Paolo on April 18, 2019 in Naples, Italy. (Photo by Francesco Pecoraro/Getty Images)

Carlo Ancelotti, who is currently managing a torrid situation in Naples, has been one of the names linked with the Arsenal job in the last few hours.

The former Real Madrid manager has a career during which he has won it all – including the Premier League, the Ligue 1, the Serie A, the Bundesliga, the Champions League, and the list goes on.

Throw into the mix the turmoil his current club Napoli are in after their players revolted against the decision making of the side’s owner, and Ancelotti seems to be the perfect candidate for the Arsenal job if the club can back him with substantial financial backing if they want the Italian to deliver title at the Emirates stadium.

Massimiliano Allegri

Sky Sports reporter Kaveh Solhekol has claimed that Arsenal’s higher-ups have made contact with the former Juventus boss who is out of a job since leaving the Serie A giants at the end of last season.

The reporter further claims that the Italian manager wants the job but Arsenal are reluctant to appoint him as his English, like that of Unai Emery, is far from perfect. However, unlike the names mentioned above, Allegri’s appointment would be a cost-effective one for Arsenal as they won’t have to worry about any compensation matters.

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