Arsenal manager Unai Emery was sacked on Friday morning after the Gunners went seven matches without a victory, which is their longest winless run since 1992. The Spaniard needed to get a win against Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League but ended up seeing his side lose 2-1 on Thursday night.
Emery had lost large sections of the crowd with some holding “Emery Out” signs as they watch their team surrender a lead.
The Gunners opted to axe Emery on Friday, with numeours replacements backed in recent days.
And Express Sport has ranked the top six options the club could turn to to replace Emery.
1. Massimiliano Allegri
The 52-year-old is a very attractive option and he has made it known he is interested in taking a job in the Premier League after parting ways with Juventus at the end of last season.
He was reportedly interviewed for the job before the club went with Emery, but he has proven he can win trophies.
Allegri won five straight Serie A titles, along with four Coppa Italias, during his time in Turin.
And while it has also been reported that Allegri isn’t interested in taking up a new job until the summer, the prospect of taking over at the Emirates is still a tempting opportunity for most managers.
It has been reported that Allegri is currently living in London and has been learning English to help prepare himself for a move to the Premier League.
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2. Mauricio Pochettino
The 47-year-old might have recently been replaced as Tottenham’s manager, but the Argentine left the club in a significantly better position than when he arrived.
After leaving Southampton to join Spurs in 2014 he went on to spent five-years at the club and built a team that reached the Champions League final in a season where he didn’t sign a single player.
He successfully navigated playing home games at Wembley for nearly two seasons before Tottenham moved to their new stadium but the team struggled this campaign.
It is a blemish on his record but many will look at a lack of investment in the squad finally catching up with the club.
In a parting message to the club in which he thanked the staff and fans, he said: “I gave the best of me to accomplish the objectives I was asked for in our first meeting.”
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3. Freddie Ljungberg
Freddie Ljungberg will take over on an interim basis after Emery was sacked.
He has coached Arsenal Under-15s and Under-23s but has no senior managerial experience.
But as others have proven in the past, if he managed to quickly turn around the fortunes of the club he could easily put himself in the running to take on the role on a permanent basis.
Ljungberg has the respect of many of the players as he has already been there and done it at Arsenal, albeit as a player.
During his nine year stint at the club as player, he won two Premier League titles and three FA Cups.
The 42-year-old former Sweden international has also already etched himself into the club’s history as he was part of Arsenal’s ‘Invincibles’ side that went undefeated during the 2003/04 season.
He is currently the assistant first-team coach but several of the club’s youngsters have spoken publicly about how he has been influential in helping with their personal development.
4. Nuno Espirito Santo
The current Wolves boss has been heavily linked with being on the Arsenal board’s shortlist of replacements for Emery.
He impressed during his time in charge of Valencia, when he led them to a fourth place finish in La Liga in the 2014/15 season.
However, his lack of success at Porto saw him sacked before he went on to take up the position at Wolves.
He got the club promoted from the Championship two seasons ago and in his debut year in the Premier League led Wolves to an impressive seventh placed finish.
This campaign the club got off to a slow start but they currently sit fifth in the table. however, when asked about being linked to the Arsenal job, he insisted it would be “disrespectful” to talk about it.
“I wouldn’t ever mention an issue which is not a reality,” he said.
“Speaking about a job which has a manager would be disrespectful and I will not do so.”
5. Mikel Arteta
Arsenal considered Mikel Arteta as an option to replace Arsene Wenger before deciding to offer the position to Emery.
Arteta, who is currently assistant manager to Pep Guardiola at Manchester City, might have only picked up a single FA Cup during his spell as a player at the north London club but he is still regarded very highly there.
As speculation linking Arteta to a return to Arsenal Guardiola has sung the praises of his assistant.
“Unai Emery is the manager of Arsenal,” said Guardiola.
“[But] of course [Arteta] will be a manager sooner or later. We are going to finish the season but in the future I don’t know what is going to happen.”
6. Rafa Benitez
The 59-year-old had been linked with taking over at the north London club post-Wenger but after staying at Newcastle he then left to join Chinese outfit Dalian Yifang in the summer.
The former Real Madrid, Chelsea and Liverpool manager has won numerous trophies across several different leagues, including the Champions League and Europa League.
His decision to leave the Magpies came as he cited differences with the club over their ambitions in the transfer market.
He has past experience of taking over at a club during the season, as he proved when he took over at Chelsea back in 2012.
The Spaniard signed a two-and-a-half-year deal with the Chinese club and it might be difficult to persuade him to give up on his project so soon after making the switch from the Premier League.
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