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TMW made a surprising claim this week about Bordeaux’s Paulo Sousa being considered for the Arsenal job. The Portuguese manager isn’t the biggest name rumoured with the vacant role but he would certainly be an interesting appointment.

Freddie Ljungberg has done a decent job as interim manager but it has been clear that he isn’t ready yet. The win against West Ham calmed a few nerves but a new manager has to come in soon to clear up the mess.

Sousa did a brilliant job at Fiorentina a few years ago and has been extremely impressive at Bordeaux this campaign. The Ligue 1 outfit are currently fifth in the league, just two points behind third-placed Lille.

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Reports linking him to the Arsenal job combined with his agents confirming it could play a part in Bordeaux’s performances in the coming days but Sousa looks to have made it clear that his future lies at the Stade de Bordeaux.

He was quoted by Goal saying: “I’m fine here, focused on everything I can control. It’s me who makes the decision, not my agent. I’m trying to have a great marriage with this club. It’s not a question of being impatient.”

What next for Arsenal?

As interesting an appointment as Sousa would have been, missing out on him isn’t the end of the world. A number of top managers would still love the Arsenal job and the board have to make that call quickly.

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Mikel Arteta seems to be the favourite at this point but nothing is expected to happen before our game against Manchester City on Sunday. Marcelino and Carlo Ancelotti are other names being linked with the job and the latter would certainly be the safest option.

It is a big week for the people in charge at Arsenal and they have to get it right. Nobody wants another gamble at this stage but as big a gamble as Arteta would be, he might just be the right one.

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