Arteta favourite to take over as next Arsenal manager as odds on Emery sacking tumble
Sept. 17, 2019
MIKEL ARTETA is the early favourite to become the next Arsenal manager as the odds on Unai Emery's departure fall.
The current Gunners boss, 47, now stands at 6-4 to be out of his job by the beginning of next season.
After missing out on Champions League qualification in his first season, the former Sevilla and Paris Saint-Germain boss has endured a difficult start to the new campaign.
Wins over Newcastle and Burnley were followed by a defeat at Liverpool and 2-2 draws against Spurs and Watford.
But it was the manner of the draw at Vicarage Road - from 2-0 up and conceding a record 31 shots - that led some Arsenal fans to call for Emery's head .
And now Ladbrokes have put together a shortlist of potential replacements.
MIKEL ARTETA - 5-1
The Gunners legend spent five years dictating the play in midfield before hanging up his boots in 2016.
Upon his retirement, he joined Pep Guardiola's coaching staff at Manchester City, helping the club to back-to-back Premier League titles.
Arteta was linked with the post at the Emirates when Arsene Wenger announced he was leaving - but the club opted for Emery instead.
PATRICK VIEIRA - 6-1
Like Arteta, Vieira earned himself hero's status at Arsenal - the Frenchman won six major trophies and captained the Invincibles in 2003/04.
He quit playing in 2011 to take his coaching badges at Manchester City, leading the reserves before taking over at sister-club New York City in January 2016.
After two-and-a-half years in the MLS, Vieira returned to his homeland. He took the reins at Nice in the summer of 2018 and led them to seventh. They have started the new campaign with three wins and two defeats.
FREDDIE LJUNBERG - 6-1
Another candidate, another Arsenal legend. Ljunberg enjoyed nine successful years as a player in North London.
He returned to the club in an ambassadorial role in 2013 and joined the Arsenal academy as the Under-15s' coach in 2016.
After a brief spell with Andries Jonker at Wolfsburg, Ljunberg headed back to the Emirates in 2018 as the U23s coach, before being promoted to become Emery's assistant this summer . Next step, the first-team head coach role?
MASSIMILIANO ALLEGRI - 8-1
The Italian left Juventus at the end of last summer with a brilliant record.
In his five seasons with the Old Lady, he won five Serie A titles, the Coppa Italia four times, the Supercoppa Italiana twice and reached two Champions League finals.
Now free and available, Allegri may be wanting to get back into football after a sabbatical this season.
BRENDAN RODGERS - 10-1
The Leicester boss returned to the Premier League this year - and the ambitious Northern Irishman has plans to win it.
He went so very close with Liverpool in 2014 before dominating Scotland with Celtic.
It would take a big offer to lure him away from the project he is building at the King Power but Rodgers and Arsenal could be a well-suited match.
THIERRY HENRY - 20-1
Henry is arguably the most legendary of all Arsenal legends. With 228 goals to his name, including 39 in that famous 2003/04 season, he is by far the club's record goalscorer.
His coaching career, though, has not quite taken off just yet. He spent time with Arsenal's academy but raised a few eyebrows when he agreed to become Roberto Martinez's assistant at Belgium.
Together they led the Red Devils to third at the World Cup before he was brought in to save former club Monaco - but was dismissed after just four wins in 20 matches, knocking him back in his managerial career.
ARSENE WENGER - 50-1
Just imagine... Arsene Wenger stepping back into his dugout at the Emirates - complete with booting water bottles and unzipped coats.
The Frenchman, 69, transformed the club, won ten major trophies and oversaw the move to the Emirates - before being hounded out last year after 22 years.
Still out of work, he has been linked with a senior role with Fifa but a return to management does seem unlikely. Although stranger things have happened...