It’s been coming. Unai Emery has finally been put out his misery and is the next Premier League manager to be sacked. The 2-1 defeat at home to Frankfurt last night was the final straw and Emery is out.
The board offered their backing to the French man but after a string of unacceptable results, their faith in him has gone. The big question now is who will replace him at the helm?
Let’s explore Arsenal’s options for possible replacements.
Next Arsenal Manager odds – Possible Replacements for Unai Emery
After 1 year and 6 months in charge of the Gunners, Emery has failed to make a big impact. He did lead them to the Europa League final only 6 months ago, but his side were granted an easy route. His summer signings have yet to prove their worth, and Arsenal fans have grown tired of their team's farcial performances.
Unai Emery knew this was coming, but he couldn't get his team to perform when he needed them to. There are candidates in mind for the Arsenal board no doubt, in present circumstances however the position could be a hard sell. This is how the betting markets are shaping up so far for Emery's possible replacements.
Next Arsenal Manager odds – Freddie Ljungberg 6/4 (2.5)
The former player and Swedish international was part of Emery’s coaching staff. He has a strong connection with the fans, and as an in-house option, he’s not a bad choice by any means. In the meantime, he will lead the team as caretaker, and fans will likely respond positively to the news.
Ljungberg, however, doesn’t come with the right credentials, or rather enough credentials to fill the role. Arsenal despite recent records, are a huge club and need to be led on the path to trophies. Ljungberg hasn’t been a Head Coach of a club before, and it would be a huge ask for him to do so when the Gunners are in trouble. Unless the board already have a replacement lined up, Ljungberg should do a decent job in the interim but we don’t expect him to get the job permanently, despite the short odds.
Next Arsenal Manager odds – Nuno Espirito Santo 6/4 (2.5)
Although he is the current manager of a Premier League team, not many fans outside of Wolves know too much about Nuno.
The Portuguese manager is well-liked at Wolves, and with positive results, of course, including a promotion to the Premier League in his first season in charge, it’s easy to see why. He isn’t remembered as being a great player himself but did play almost 200 senior appearances in goal including clubs like Porto.
Previous to coaching in England, Nuno enjoyed decent spells as manager of both Porto and Valencia.
He has been linked with a move to Arsenal ever since Emery’s ship started to sink, and Arsenal have made no secret of their interest in him. The biggest concern is that he has not won any major silverware as a manager (excluding the Championship), and could very well be happy to stay with Wolves given the ambitions of the club.
In saying that, has he taken Wolves as far as they can go? Is there more potential for great things with Arsenal. It’s a tough set of questions but if they board really want their man, we think they’re likely to get him.
Likelihood – High
Next Permanent Arsenal Manager odds – Possible Replacements
|Nuno Espirito Santo||Wolverhampton Wanderers||6/4 (2.5)|
|Freddie Ljungberg||Caretaker Arsenal||6/4 (2.5)|
|Mikel Arteta||Manchester City No.2||8/1 (9.0)|
|Mauricio Pochettino||Available||7/1 (8.0)|
|Massimiliano Allegri||Available||20/1 (21.0)|
|Eddie Howe||Bournemouth||10/1 (11.0)|
|Patrick Viera||Nice||25/1 (26.0)|
|Rafael Benitez||Available||25/1 (26.0)|
|Steven Gerrard||Rangers||25/1 (26.0)|
|Brendan Rodgers||Leicester||40/1 (41.0)|
*odds at Paddy Power, correct at time of writing
Next Arsenal Manager odds- Mauricio Pochettino 6/1 (7.0)
This would be controversial, to say the least. From a neutral point of view it would be fantastic but how would the Arsenal fans take to having their biggest rivals ex in charge? And would Pochettino want to lead a team he rivaled for over five years?
There’s no denying that Pochettinino has proved his weight in gold as a manager. Although he didn’t win any trophies with Spurs, he did work wonders with his squad and led them to a Champions League final only a few months ago. Rumours have been circulating since he was ruthlessly sacked by Spurs, but we think it could be a little far fetched.
Likelihood – Possible, but not likely
Next Arsenal Manager odds – Mikel Arteta 8/1 (9.0)
Another former player that has been linked with the role is Mikel Arteta. Not only is Arteta a former club captain, but he is also learning his coaching trade under none other than Pep Guardiola at Manchester City. Arteta was one of the first names to pop up as a possible replacement at his former club, and Guardiola has already granted his permission for Arteta to move on if he desires.
In saying that, Arteta still have the same drawbacks as Ljungberg. Although he is no doubt earning a great education under one of the best in the industry, he has never felt the pressure steering the wheel. Arsenal need a leader as their new coach and someone who knows how to win.
For those reasons, we can’t see Arteta being giving his chance to shine. Not yet anyway.
Likelihood – slim
Next Arsenal Manager odds – Steven Gerrard 25/1 (26.0)
Something of a surprise name in the hat is Liverpool legend, Steven Gerrard. He has been making a name for himself in the managerial sense in Scotland and doing a fine job at Rangers. He is a star name and is able to bring in players of a high calibre. As a result, his Rangers side are challenging Celtic for the title in the closest title race in a decade. His side are also punching above their weight in Europe, on course to make the knock-outs of the Europa League.
Although he is doing a good job, he is surely more likely to hold out for the Liverpool managerial job. He was a one-man club as a player and we can’t imagine him turning up to Anfield in the away team dug-out.
Likelihood – slim
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