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8 Candidates To Replace Sacked Emery Revealed?

After Arsenal sacked Unai Emery on Friday, here are eight candidates who have been linked with replacing the Spaniard at the Gunners.

Tired of reading? Click through the gallery above to see the managerial names that have been linked with the Arsenal job.

A 2-1 home defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt in the UEFA Europa League brought Emery's stint at the London club to an end 18 months after he took over from Arsene Wenger.

Former Arsenal forward Freddie Ljungberg, who had been working in Emery's backroom team, has been put in charge as interim coach, but many believe the club's leadership is looking for a bigger name as a permanent replacement. The names that follow are the leading candidates, according to the Daily Mail.

There seems to be no outright favourite at this stage, with Nuno Esperito Santo and Mikel Arteta currently closest linked with the vacant position.

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Both, though, are currently employed, and Santo in particular would not come cheap. In addition, the Wolverhampton Wanderers boss seems to have bought completely into his club's reported seven-year plan to compete for silverware, and it seems unlikely he would leave his role. However, he has certainly impressed at Wolves after helping the club secure promotion to the Premier League in the 2017/18 campaign.

Arteta was rumoured to be a possible candidate to take over from Wenger before the club decided to go with Emery, and it remains to be seen whether or not he would consider taking charge after being snubbed by the Gunners before. He is currently assisting Pep Guardiola at Manchester City, and the former FC Barcelona boss has previously stated that he would not hold the former Everton midfielder back if he wanted to pursue a head coaching job elsewhere.

Other big names linked with the Gunners’ dugout are Napoli coach Carlo Ancelotti and former Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri. Both, though, do not speak English as a first language, which could be held against them if they were keen.

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Recently sacked Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino also makes the list, although he has previously stated he will not manage Arsenal, who are direct rivals of his former club. His successor Jose Mourinho, however, made a similar statement when he was in charge of Chelsea, but last week said his sacking by the Blues had changed this sentiment.

Click through the gallery above to see the reported candidates for the Arsenal job, and let us know, in the comments section below, who you would like to see taking over from Emery!


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