Following a tumultuous start to the season, Arsenal have sacked Unai Emery after just 18 months in charge on Friday morning. The Spaniard boss leaves the Gunners after a run of seven games without a win across all competitions and with the team struggling to keep up the pace for a top-four finish in the Premier League.
They need to move to fast and pick the right candidate to take over at the Emirates if they want to keep their Champions League hopes alive, as well as someone who can be with the team for the long term and bring stability.
We saw how their archrivals Tottenham sacked Mauricio Pochettino last week and immediately replaced him with Jose Mourinho.
Arsenal fans would expect the same velocity from their team, but seeing that they confirmed that Freddie Ljungberg would be in temporary charge as interim head coach ahead of the clash with Norwich City on Sunday, it would appear as though they’ll take their time before making any appointments.
That will no doubt create a lot of speculation over Emery’s potential successor. Sky Sports now have put together a list of 10 possible candidates for the Arsenal job moving forward. In his condition of interim manager, Ljungberg is named as a possible permanent solution, while Nuno Espirito Santo, Mikel Arteta, Pochettino, Rafa Benitez, Massimiliano Allegri, Patrick Vieira, Brendan Rodgers, Eddie Howe, and Steven Gerrard are all named as potential contenders.
Moreover, Diego Simeone, Julian Nagelsmann, Carlo Ancelotti and Chris Wilder are all mentioned as long-shots, and so there really is a lot of options for Arsenal to consider.
If you think about it, Rodgers would be the best candidate given how good he’s doing with Leicester this season. On the other hand, Santo, Arteta, Benitez, Vieira, Howe, Gerrard, Simeone, Nagelsmann, Ancelotti and Wilder are all currently in jobs.
Mauricio Pochettino and Massimiliano Allegri are currently free agents who could serve well to the North Londoners. Allegri is seen by many as the frontrunner to get the job, but Sky Sports reporter Kaveh Solhekol has revealed the Italian boss’ English is an obstacle for him.
We have to wait and see which manager is going to be appointed as Arsenal's new boss. At least, according to Sky, they won’t miss candidates for the job.