Everton host Arsenal this weekend in a game that could be historical for the Premier League. Neither club is having a good moment and they recently parted ways with their managers, leading to a lot of rumors linking them with several candidates over the last couple of weeks.
It’s only Tuesday and a lot can happen until the weekend. Carlo Ancelotti is looking poised to take the Everton job, while Mikel Arteta is thought to be closing in on becoming Arsenal’s new manager.
If somehow these two make their way to Merseyside and North London, respectively, that would mean both managers would be making their debuts with their new teams this weekend. This will become the first Premier League match outside the opening day of the season to feature new permanent managers leading their sides out for the first time.
Moreover, and to make things more interesting, both coaches had been linked with making opposite moves at various points. After being sacked by Napoli, Ancelotti was seen as a good candidate to take Arsenal’s job, though it looks like that option is off as his future apparently holds in Goodison Park.
Arteta, meanwhile, sounded like a candidate to replace Marco Silva at Everton. The former midfielder is currently on Pep Guardiola’s coaching staff at Manchester City. During his active days, he played for both Arsenal and Everton.