It’s safe to assume that nobody really knows what direction Arsenal Football Club are going to go in next. The expectation for this season has always been that they will challenge for the top four and may go after a trophy or two, but with Unai Emery being sacked before we even hit December, a lot of fans can be forgiven for thinking that everything is a bit up in the air now.
Freddie Ljungberg is the man in charge right now on a caretaker basis, but to be honest, it doesn’t really feel like that’s the sort of deal that is going to last. He’ll probably stay on at the club even if they get a new man in, but in terms of him leading the way, it all feels a bit too soon for the Gunners legend.
There has already been a wave of speculation in reference to who will take over from Emery, and rightly so. When you go from having a manager for over 20 years to having one for 18 months it’s clear to see that there’s some kind of issue, but unlike Manchester United with their managerial turmoil after Fergie left, it seems like there’s genuine hope that Arsenal can go on to bigger and better things – as long as they bring in the right man for the job.
Nobody really knows who officially qualifies under that title, but one thing we do know is that Mauricio Pochettino is a name that is being consistently linked with the job. It seems like an utterly bizarre idea from the outside looking in, considering the fact that the dust is still settling from his time with Tottenham Hotspur. Now that the clouds are disappearing ever so slightly, though, it would appear as if the talks between the two parties are more serious than anyone could’ve imagined.
There are still plenty of other contenders in the race as you can probably imagine, but they all seem to be on the outskirts of the discussion in comparison to Pochettino. The Argentine probably doesn’t have a huge emotional connection to Spurs now in comparison to when he was in charge, and that’s probably got something to do with the fact that they didn’t treat him very well towards the end of his tenure. Still, taking that next step and joining their bitter rivals would be controversial to say the least.
Will Arsenal sign Mauricio Pochettino?