The speculation about who would succeed Unai Emery as the Arsenal head coach were mounting even before the club decided to part ways with the Spaniard, and since it happened it’s gone through the roof. However, the names are always the same, always the same quartet.
Freddie Ljungberg has been appointed to the role as a temporary solution, but according to football.london, he is also the leading candidate for the permanent role. Giving the former Arsenal midfielder a proper chance would likely prove a popular decision among the club’s supporters, at least in the beginning. After that, the amount of love and support he’d be receiving from the Emirates stands would likely depend on results and performances. He has no experience in first-team management, but he knows the youth setup well and young players would certainly benefit from his appointment.
Mikel Arteta would represent a similar option. Once the club’s captain, the fans are mostly very fond of him. His experience is somewhat greater than that of Ljungberg, having worked with Pep Guardiola at Manchester City for a while now. Guardiola himself recently said Arteta was destined for management in the future, and Arsenal were reportedly very close to appointing him as the successor to Arsene Wenger in the summer of 2018. In the end they went with Emery instead and now were back at square one.
Massimiliano Allegri has no Premier League experience, but he led a great team to two Champions League finals, in 2015 and 2017, and drove them to six Serie A titles and four Coppa Italia trophies. He is currently looking for a new challenge after parting ways with Juventus in the summer, and he could be the man to instill some winning mentality into the club in desperate need of it.
Brendan Rodgers was heavily linked with the job and fueled the speculations further by hinting about a possible release clause in his contract, but he afterwards made it clear he had no reason to leave Leicester City at the moment.
Wolverhampton Wanderers boss Nuno Espirito Santo refused to make any comments on reports linking him with Arsenal while Emery was still in the job out of respect for him, but it would be interesting to hear what he has to say now.
Arsenal’s bitterest rivals Tottenham Hotspur recently sacked Mauricio Pochettino and appointed Jose Mourinho (who was also linked with Arsenal) in his place, and naturally, plenty of media outlets, even some Arsenal fans, saw great logic in going for the Argentinian who made Spurs what they are – a regular Champions League club, even making the final of the elite competition this year. However, on the day of his departure, Pochettino reportedly expressed great affections for both the players he commanded and the fans who supported them during his five-year reign, so it’s not very easy to imagine him being willing to join Arsenal, at least not yet.