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5 managers who could replace Mikel Arteta at Arsenal

West Bromwich Albion v Arsenal - Carabao Cup Second Round
West Bromwich Albion v Arsenal - Carabao Cup Second Round
Abhinav Anand
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Arsenal have completely fallen apart in recent years, with poor management of the club resulting in a massive decline.

The Gunners are one of the biggest clubs in England, but they are struggling to maintain that status. When Mikel Arteta replaced Unai Emery in 2019, it was expected that the Spaniard would do well at the club where he enjoyed a good spell as a player.

Arteta has struggled massively, though. Since helping the club win the FA Cup in 2020, Arsenal have consistently produced poor performances, combined with disappointing transfers. A poor start to the 2021-22 season sees them languishing at the bottom of the league table, with Arsenal yet to win a point or score a goal.

We look at the five managers who could replace Mikel Arteta at Arsenal.


#5 Ralph Hasenhuttl

Newcastle United v Southampton - Premier League
Newcastle United v Southampton - Premier League

Southampton are no longer the club they used to be, with the Saints in a difficult position these days.

While their famed academy does not produce top-quality talents on a regular basis now, several of their recent transfers have failed to work out as well. But Southampton do have an excellent manager in Ralph Hasenhuttl. The Austrian has done a commendable job at the club, given the limited resources at his disposal.

Hasenhuttl's teams play an energetic brand of football. He enjoyed an excellent stint with RB Leipzig before moving to the Premier League. His Southampton side have been praised for their intense pressing and dynamic style of play. There have been a few disappointing results since his appointment. But overall, Hasenhuttl has done really well and deserves a chance at a bigger club like Arsenal.


#4 Eddie Howe

AFC Bournemouth v Southampton FC - Premier League
AFC Bournemouth v Southampton FC - Premier League

Eddie Howe has split opinion. When his Bournemouth side were playing well in the Premier League, he was touted to become the next England manager. Around the same time, his name was also linked with Arsenal.

Although Bournemouth played attractive football under Howe, he often came under criticism over his side's frail defense. The Englishman did extremely well to ensure the Cherries reached the Premier League and was also crucial in helping them maintain their Premier League status for a few years.

However, he left the club in 2020, after Bournemouth's relegation. Howe was very close to becoming Celtic's manager this summer, but a move failed to materialize. The 43-year old does have a lot of experience though, having begun his managerial career in 2008.


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#3 Brendan Rodgers

Manchester City v Leicester City - The FA Community Shield
Manchester City v Leicester City - The FA Community Shield

Brendan Rodgers is one of the best managers in the Premier League right now and Arsenal would do well to get him out of Leicester City.

Many will argue that right now, Leicester City are a better team than Arsenal. While the Foxes have regularly competed for the top-four spots in recent seasons, Arsenal under Mikel Arteta have languished in mediocrity. Leicester City are a smartly run club and are renowned for their transfers.

Rodgers has played a key role since his arrival, and under his management, Leicester City have won the FA Cup and the FA Community Shield. If Arsenal do decide to replace Arteta with Rodgers, the process will not be easy. However, Rodgers is an excellent manager and would surely help Arsenal.


#2 Graham Potter

Liverpool v Brighton & Hove Albion - Premier League
Liverpool v Brighton & Hove Albion - Premier League

Graham Potter was heavily linked with Arsenal's arch-rivals Tottenham Hotspur this summer, but he remained with Brighton & Hove Albion.

Potter is regarded by many as the best English manager right now. Having made his name at Ostersund in Sweden, Potter spent a season as manager of Swansea City before joining the Seagulls in 2019. Brighton & Hove Albion finished 16th last season, but deserved much more than that.

The 46-year old is a modern manager who is tactically flexible. Potter will surely get his chance at a top six club sooner rather than later, and the Gunners should be keeping an eye on him.


#1 Antonio Conte

FC Internazionale Milano v Udinese Calcio - Serie A
FC Internazionale Milano v Udinese Calcio - Serie A

The man most Arsenal fans would like to replace Mikel Arteta with, Antonio Conte is currently unemployed.

Like Graham Potter, Conte was persistently linked with Tottenham Hotspur this summer, but a deal failed to materialize. The Italian departed Inter Milan after winning the Serie A title last season and is widely seen as one of the best managers in world football.

Conte is a mercurial character and is not an easy person to work with. However, he guarantees results, especially in the league. The 52-year old is no stranger to Premier League football, having won the league with Chelsea in 2017.


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Edited by Samya Majumdar
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