While the ongoing saga around Granit Xhaka may have deflected some attention, there is little doubt that Arsenal manager Unai Emery is living on borrowed time.
The Spanish manager has never really settled in at the North London club, and the Gunners have once again failed to live up to expectations in the current Premier League season.
Baffling decisions in terms of playing strategies as well as strange signings, such as that of David Luiz led us to question whether Emery is the right man for the job. Arsenal dropped out of the League Cup to Liverpool’s reserve team less than a month ago, and the Gunners are now struggling in the sixth spot in the Premier League table.
But it’s important to remember that we are only one-third of the way through the season. As a result, many people are calling for a new Arsenal manager to transform the club’s fortunes. There’s plenty of quality players at the Emirates, and many fans are still backing the Gunners to get some silverware. Arsenal is priced at 6/1 to win the competition according to this 888sport review, where you can expect to find more than just great betting odds. But let’s see which manager could be the one to turn things around for the Gunners?
For a long time, it looked like Jose Mourinho could be the next Arsenal manager. Many people were tipping the fiery Portuguese manager to come to the Emirates and become the big name necessary to get things going.
But with Mourinho making the shock move to be Tottenham’s manager, it looks like the ex-Spurts boss could be coming to Arsenal. The rivalry between the two clubs is as fierce as it ever was, but many people are now seriously suggesting that Pochettino could be the next Arsenal manager.
It would be a bitter pill to swallow for both sets of fans, but Arsenal could come out of the deal better. Pochettino always struggled under the Tottenham board, but if he was given free rein at Arsenal, then he could show his true colours.
The former Juventus manager is another big name who could easily make an impression at the Emirates. Allegri has never managed a club in the Premier League before, and it would be interesting to see how he would deal with a club like Arsenal.
Interestingly, Allegri was previously linked with the job at the Emirates after Wenger left, but an unfortunate interview with the Arsenal bosses meant that they went with Emery instead. However, Allegri has had nothing but time on his hands since leaving Juventus, and the 52-year old has stated that he would be keen to return to management in the future.
Allegri certainly could handle a club of Arsenal’s pedigree. After all, anybody who can guide Juventus to Serie A glory while managing the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo could surely do just about anything.
The former Arsenal star was widely tipped to seize command of the Gunners before Emery got the job. Since then Mikel Arteta has picked up plenty of coaching skills under the guidance of Pep Guardiola at Manchester City.
With Chelsea enjoying a considerable amount of success with former player Frank Lampard as head coach, it’s easy to see how the same could happen for Arsenal with Arteta. The 37-year old put in 110 appearances for the Gunners and he remains a firm favourite with the fans. But whether the Arsenal hierarchy wants a more significant name manager remains to be seen. Whatever happens, it’s clear that there’s plenty of people hunting for Emery’s job.