After serving 18 months as Arsenal Manager, Unai Emery was relieved of his duties on Friday morning after the Gunner’s 2-1 home defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt in the Premier League.
With Emery being sacked, Freddie Ljungberg has been assigned as the interim manager, however, the question which surrounds in every arsenal fan as who could be the new Arsenal manager who can drag the club from the worst run faced since 1992.
Here is the list of top 10 contenders who can next take the top full-time at the Emirates Stadium.
- Nuno Espirito Santo
Former Portuguese player Nuno Espirito Santo who guided the Wolves to acquire the fifth position in the Premier League table looks most favourite for the hotseat after Emery’s resign.
When asked would he be tempted to leave the Wolves to join Arsenal? The Wolves boss smartly answered,” You know me well enough and you know I’m not going to answer that.
- Freddie Ljungberg
Former Arsenal player who won two Premier League titles and three FA Cups as a player with Arsenal expected to be promoted upon Emery’s place as the senior-most manager of the club
Currently, he is assigned as the Interim Manager of the club but can lead the club permanently in much the same way as Ole Gunnar took Manchester United.
- Mikel Arteta
Manchester City assistant manager Mikel Arteta who helped the City to win two Premier League titles, two League Cups and an FA Cup. Also responsible for bringing out the best of Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane, he can be crowned as the next Arsenal manager.
- Mauricio Pochettino
Former Tottenham manager Mauricio is also among the favourites in the run to become the next Arsenal boss. The Argentine might not have won many trophies at Spurs, but he completely changed the club’s identity, guiding them to conquer top-four finishes including the Champions League Final.
- Rafael Benitez
The Spaniard who led the Reds to Champions League glory in 2005 is currently working in China can make his return to serve Arsenal to regain its lost glory.
- Massimiliano Allegri
The 52-year old Italian who left Juventus at the end of the last season is sure to be in the running again to take over at the Emirates Stadium. He was reportedly considered as a potential replacement for Wenger in 2018 but Emery replaced him.
Allegri has a wonderful track record and experience which Arsenal would surely like to hire.
- Patrick Vieira
A natural leader and the most popular choice among the Club’s supporters Vieira, who is currently in charge at Nice can be seen as the next manager in the club if the Gunners want to follow something like the Chelsea model.
- Brendan Rogers
Former Liverpool Boss Brendan Rogers who leads a successful spell at Celtic would surely be under the consideration, but the question arrived would he leave the Leinster for Arsenal?
- Eddie Howe
The Englishman Eddie Howe who took Bouremounth from League two to the top-flight stages has solidified himself as a stable Premier League coach.
He lacks managerial experience but there’s plenty of space left for development. Gunners can see him as a long-term option.
- Steven Gerrard
Former Arsenal player, who only caused harm as being a part of Gunners can solve their issues as a manager?
His name is a surprise but yet as his side sit level on points with Celtic at the top of the Scottish Premiership, Gunners can think of hiring him.