3 managers who can replace Unai Emery at Arsenal
A 1-2 loss to Eintracht Frankfurt at the Emirates was the last straw for the Arsenal board of directors - Unai Emery has been officially sacked by the club. After almost a season and a half of managing the Gunners, the former Sevilla manager did not live up to the expectations and has been let go.
Arsenal currently sit 8th in the Premier League standings, with eight points separating them and the top 4. They are also more or less assured of their qualification in the next round of the Europa League, so all is not dire at the club. There is still a long way to go this season, and their initial targets can still be met.
However, their recent form (over six games winless) and the attitude of the players leaves much to be desired. The fans are unhappy, and the club is not in the best of positions right now.
The board will be looking for a new manager who can steer the ship and point it in the right direction. Here, we take a look at three managers who the Gunners could sign.
3. Mikel Arteta
When Arsene Wenger initially announced his departure, Mikel Arteta was considered a serious prospect for the job. However, his lack of experience managing a club on his own came in the way, and Arteta himself did not want to take up the job at the time. As a result, Emery was given the nod ahead of him. Now, however, things have changed.
Arteta has been under the tutelage of Pep Guardiola since 2016. The Spaniard is arguably one of the greatest managers of all time, and having him as a mentor is a big deal in the world of football. Both are two peas from the same pod having graduated from the Rinus Michels and Johan Cruyff school of thought - total football.
Arsenal have come under a lot of flak for not having the best of players, but that is not true. The likes of Dani Ceballos and Matteo Guendozi are technically sound players, whereas the attack is brimming with quality players who need a push in the right direction.
Having gained invaluable experience under Guardiola, the former Gunner might feel that it is time for him to take on a project of his own now. He has been the Spaniard's understudy for three years now, and a step-up at this time would be welcome.