With Unai Emery being sacked just 18 months into his tenure after succeeding Arsene Wenger, here are five managers who could replace the Spaniard at the Emirates Stadium.
Emery Out’ was the go-to chant at the half-empty Emirates as the former Sevilla tactician saw his side lose in the Europa League, against Eintracht Frankfurt on Thursday night.
Things at the Gunners went sour quickly for the Spaniard this season, from his management of the club captaincy, questionable tactics, to arguably losing the dressing room after the Granit Xhaka fiasco against Crystal Palace.
With the Premier League club now pulling the plug on the former Paris Saint-Germain boss, here are five potential managerial replacements.
Mikel Arteta (Manchester City)
Former Arsenal captain and now Manchester City assistant coach, Mikel Arteta’s name has been touted about, from when former Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger, called time on his career at the Emirates.
The 37-year-old certainly wouldn’t be a guaranteed success but will bring the experience he has attained, working under Pep Guardiola, in his three years with the Citizens.
He would certainly be an interesting fit, were he to take the reins at Arsenal.
Massimiliano Allegri (Unattached)
Currently, on a sabbatical of sorts, former Juventus manager, Massimiliano Allegri, looks an attractive replacement, considering his league-winning record in Serie A, winning six Scudettos, five with Juventus and one with AC Milan.
Allegri certainly knows how to win, and Arsenal fans would love nothing more than a winner.
Mauricio Pochettino (Unattached)
Recently sacked from Tottenham Hotspur, and seen as one of the best managers in the European game, Mauricio Pochettino will have his pick of clubs to manage.
Although many believe that managing Arsenal would be considered treasonous by Spurs fans, you can’t rule anything out in football. Don’t be surprised if the Argentine says, yes, to the Gunners job.
Erik ten Hag (Ajax Amsterdam head coach)
Ajax Amsterdam head coach, Erik ten Hang, is hot property right now.
After his exploits in leading a young Ajax team all the way to UEFA Champions League semi-final last season, and defeating Juventus along the way, the Dutchman has also been linked to Bayern Munich.
What makes ten Hag an even more attractive prospect, is the fact that despite losing some of his most influential players, in Frenkie De Jong and Matthijs de Ligt, the Dutch side doesn’t look much weaker, and that shouldn’t be underestimated.
Freddie Ljungberg (Arsenal assistant coach)
Gunners’ cult hero, Freddie Ljungberg, has also been seen as a possible short-term replacement, as a stopgap, to smoothen the way for a more desired manager.
However, you can’t discount his knowledge and deep understanding of the football club, having been academy head before being promoted to assistant.
Who would you pick as the Gunners’ ideal replacement?