Arsenal are reportedly allowing Ivan Gazidis and Raul Sanllehi to decide on Arsenal’s new manager with Shakhtar Donetsk’s Paulo Fonseca moving up the list according to AS in Spain.


Shakhtar Donetsk’s Portuguese headcoach Paulo Fonseca looks on before the UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg football match AS Roma vs Shakhtar Donetsk on March 13, 2018 at the Olympic stadium in Rome. / AFP PHOTO / Andreas SOLARO

Arsenal have been linked with a host of managers but, for one reason or another, the list is starting to shrink as the club hone in on their ideal candidate to replace Arsene Wenger.

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Thomas Tuchel has already been ruled out as he heads for PSG. Luis Enrique’s wages and ‘self-obsession’ has reportedly ruled him out of the running as well.

Next up, Shakhtar’s Fonseca, who reportedly rejected a move to Everton in order to wait for the Arsenal job.

The 45-year-old was appointed manager of the Ukrainian side two years ago and since then has averaged 2.42 points per game.

He won the league and cup double in 2016/17, his first season with the club. They are currently three points clear at the top of the table this season, too.

Perhaps even more impressively, his side are making great strides in Europe.

They finished runners-up to Manchester City in the group stage, beating Guardiola’s side 2-1 at home.

Then they won against AS Roma in the first leg of their round-of-16 tie, but ended up going out.

Fonseca also spent a year managing Braga and FC Porto earlier in his career, winning the Portuguese Cup and Super Cup with the two teams respectively.

Read on for all the managers reportedly on the shortlist to replace the boss this summer: