The Vacant Throne: Top 5 candidates who can replace Unai Emery as permanent manager at Arsenal

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Arsenal are on the lookout for a new manager after parting ways with Unai Emery. With Arsene Wenger residing on the throne for 21 years, the Gunners hope to recruit the right person to avoid being a modern bandwagon in order to solve their crisis. The club will have to set their pride, the rivalries aside with the case being drawn out to now or never. 

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The Emirates, which was promised to be a haven for glory has been rather glum with the club losing out its sheen over the years. Every aspect of the club has sadly been trimmed away which in turn left behind a lifeless entity. While the Arsenal board is pondering over the right person to lead, let’s have a look at the prominent options that they have.

#5 Freddie Ljungberg

Currently in charge of the club as the interim manager, while the hierarchy decides the permanent manager, Freddie Ljungberg can very well step up to the role. The Swede is a club legend having been part of their setup during the glory days.

Having observed and played under Wenger’s philosophies, Ljungberg could very well try and incorporate them into the Gunners’ current lot. The former invincible also has a good idea of the potential of the club’s youngsters having extensively worked with them before being promoted as the assistant manager.

#4 Nuno Espirito Santos 

The Portuguese mastermind has weaved his magic into the Premier League by transforming Wolverhampton Wanderers from a bland championship side to a potential top side in the top division. Nuno managed to clinch the seventh spot in the table and also the semi-finals of the FA Cup.

The manager has established himself as a shrewd tactician and a fundamentally sound squad is exactly what Arsenal are after at this moment. Nuno also manages to extract the most out of a group that works well for Arsenal as they are not exactly a side that revamps themselves in the transfer market.

#3 Mikel Arteta 

The former Gunner has evolved himself as Pep Guardiola’s right hand over at The Etihad’s happy camp. Arteta was one of the favourites to take over after Wenger stepped down from his role back in 2017.

The Spaniard could take a leaf out of Guardiola’s book in order to translate himself into a successful managerial career. The rebuilding chapter at The Gunners is a perfectly challenging task which Arteta could consider taking on.

#2 Mauricio Pochettino

While several may be reluctant to see the former Tottenham Hotspurs manager as a potential candidate, but no one can deny the effect he has had over their rivals.

The Argentine’s biggest achievement with Spurs is that they made them relevant and feared which is what Arsenal are aiming for. Having missed out on a Champions League spot for three years in a row, the Gunners are aiming to be relevant in England and the European scape.

Despite winning no trophies, Pochettino has staked his claim as one of the best managers around which was stamped after guiding Spurs to their maiden Champions League final. Several clubs have lined up for the services of the former Southampton manager, seems like Arsenal have to set their rivalry aside to get in line as well.

#1 Massimiliano Allegri

Arsenal are currently devoid of trophies and are expecting yet another season drought with the Premier League way out of their reach and Carabao Cup dreams crushed by Liverpool. The Gunners need a serial winner, a manager who almost guarantees trophies, former Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri’s profile fits right up their ante.

Allegri could translate his work in Italy into London to make Arsenal a force to be reckoned once again. Having a manager of Allegri’s esteem could also attract several players to make the move to north London which could bolster the squad in return.

With Ljungberg at the helm, for now, Arsenal have bought some time in order to make a decision at this crucial juncture of the season and the club’s stake. Only time will reveal the call made by the people in charge and its implications on the club.