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Barcelona great opens the door to replace Unai Emery at Arsenal

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Xavi Hernandez told Sky Sports that he would not turn down a chance to manage to a big team in the Premier League. The Spaniard is now in charge of Saudi side Al Sadd which is his first job since retiring this summer.

Xavi, who is undoubtedly one of the greatest ever players to grace the game, will not find it hard to convince a team to take him in but he maintains that his end goal is to return to Barcelona to take over as the club’s manager.

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However, he also said that he would be open to managing in England and revealed five clubs that he prefers.

He said: “Who doesn’t like the Premier League? The football atmosphere, the packed stadiums and the people who play in the Premier League say it’s extraordinary. Obviously, if I had to choose, I would choose a big team, [Manchester] City or United, Chelsea, Arsenal or Tottenham.”

Should Arsenal consider appointing Xavi?

Arsenal, managed by another Spaniard in Unai Emery, aren’t quite where the fans would have hoped for them to be. The hugely successful transfer window has put the pressure on Emery to deliver big things for us this season. Irrespective of what we achieve this term, replacing Emery with Xavi would be a disastrous move.

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Xavi has less than three months of experience as a manager. The Spaniard’s tactics are untested in Europe and appointing him as a manager just because of his brilliant playing career would be foolish as Monaco learnt with Thierry Henry last season.

Xavi needs to gain good experience before he takes on the responsibility of a massive club like Arsenal or Barcelona. Al Sadd is a good opportunity for him to build his own philosophy and he should use the club as a stepping stone for greater things in the future.

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