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Emery's gone, who's next? The four leading contenders for the Arsenal job

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Arsenal relieved Unai Emery of his duties earlier today.  The Spaniard leaves the role after just 18 months in charge, with the club pointing at recent performances for his sacking.

Freddie Ljungberg will take charge of the first team until a new manager is appointed. Arsenal have a massive task on their hands and the likes of Raul Sanllehi and Edu cannot afford to get this wrong.

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A number of big names have been linked with the job over the last month but who should we go for? Here are the four leading contenders to take over from the Spaniard.

Massimiliano Allegri:

Sky Sports have claimed that Arsenal have contacted former Juventus boss Massimilano Allegri to take over the role. The Italian has won 16 trophies in his career so far including six Serie A titles with Juventus and AC Milan.

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Allegri has all the right qualities to take charge of a club of Arsenal’s stature. His leadership qualities have been proven to work brilliantly over the years and his tactical knowledge is far superior to what we had under Emery.

Mikel Arteta:

The Independent have revealed that former Gunner Mikel Arteta has been sounded out by the club through intermediaries. The Spaniard was heavily liked with the job when Arsene Wenger left the club but he was overlooked in favour of Emery.

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Arteta has learnt his trade from arguably the best manager in the world in Pep Guardiola. The Spaniard’s football knowledge is unquestionable and there is no doubt that Arsenal fans will welcome him with open arms.

Carlo Ancelotti:

Arguably the biggest name on the list, the Italian has been struggling with a ton of off-field problems at Napoli. Ancelotti’s side haven’t won in their last five league games as a result and that could give Arsenal a shot. The Independent have claimed that Arsenal are interested in him and he would work really well.

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The Italian has previous experience in the Premier League thanks to his time at Chelsea and is a proven winner. Ancelotti has won it all in his career including league wins in three different countries. If available, he will be the favourite to land the Arsenal job and rightly so.

Nuno Espirito Santo:

The Wolves boss has quickly made a brilliant name for himself in the Premier League. From leading the Wanderers to the top-flight to achieving a seventh-place finish in their first season back is a remarkable achievement.

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Di Marzio has claimed that Sanllehi has entered discussions with Santo’s agent Jorge Mendes over the possibility of taking over at Arsenal. Wolves will fight to keep hold of him but a job as big as this doesn’t come knocking every day.

Gunners News verdict:

It will be difficult for the board to narrow it down to one among the above four. A case can be made for all of them but the board cannot gamble on their selection this time.

Mikel Arteta and Nuno Espirito Santo’s lack of experience at the highest level makes them a huge risk despite their quality. Allegri is a massive favourite but his style of play is unlikely to go down well with the Arsenal supporters.

That leaves us with Ancelotti. Experience in the Premier League, a serial winner, someone who will command the respect of the dressing room, the Italian checks all boxes and Arsenal should prioritize him over the rest.

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