Arsenal’s hunt for Unai Emery’s replacement continues but reported candidates seem to be disappearing. The Gunners were heavily linked with the likes of Brendan Rodgers, Mikel Arteta, Carlo Ancelotti, Max Allegri and Nuno Santo but it unlikely that any of them move to North London.
Rodgers extended his contract at Leicester while Pep Guardiola revealed that he wants Arteta to stay until the season’s end. (Sky Sports) Rumours about Santo and Ancelotti have calmed down while Allegri reportedly wants to wait till the summer. (ESPN)
Lack of big names currently available should be a serious concern for the Gunners who are struggling at the moment. Freddie Ljungberg isn’t quite ready yet which could force Arsenal to look at a few unlikely options on the market.
We take a look at three managers who recently failed at big clubs but could work wonders at Arsenal.
Kovac joined Bayern with a big reputation but things turned sour despite winning the treble in his first season. Kovac was sacked last month and is a free agent who could work well at Arsenal.
With the margin for error considerably higher at Arsenal than at Bayern, Kovac will get some time to showcase himself. The 48-year-old is tactically flexible and worked wonders with Frankfurt at a low budget. Arsenal could take a punt with the Croatian and he could well be our saving grace.
A fantastic tactician at Sampdoria but a massive failure at Milan, Giampaolo was sacked by the Rossoneri in October. The Italian, responsible for the development of young players like Lucas Torreira, would be an interesting option for us and he could bring the best out of a few of our players.
Well organised and compact defensively but someone who likes the passing game, Giampaolo would bring us the best of both worlds. His failure at Milan was a huge shock to everyone who followed him but he deserves another chance at a big club to prove his worth.
Eusebio Di Francesco:
Arguably the most attack-minded manager on the list, Di Francesco led Roma to the semifinals of the Champions League after making a historic comeback against Barcelona. The Italian’s following season at Roma and his stint at Sampdoria were both a disaster but he showed signs of being a top manager at times in Rome.
De Francesco would play Arsenal to its strengths, which is our attack. Aubameyang, Lacazette and Pepe will thrive under the Italian and if all else fails, we will at the very least see our stars dominate games with beautiful, attacking football.