Arsenal board may be in need of a reality check if the Mirror’s claim about the North London club’s apprentice style interviews are true.
With a number of high profile managers in retreat at the mere mention of the Arsenal job and with possible financial restrictions in place, they would do well to adapt the process to prevent the remaining candidates from rejecting the position.
The top, top managers are already spoken for except for Allegri and Pochettino, after which, there’s a bit of a drop off in regards of desirability.
Could it be that Arsenal are looking for another unknown such as they did when Wenger arrived at Highbury in 1996 ?
Rumours continue to persist that Arsenal have been busy trying to recruit Emery’s successor since the board met after the sides shocking defeat to Brighton.
Instead of continuing with Freddie Ljungberg, there are signs Arsenal’s hierarchy have decided the summer may be too late with the team in free fall. The ‘bounce’ expected by the Swedes appointment has failed to materialise and it was clear that personnel have begun turning on each other by the reaction of a number of players on Monday evening.
Phone calls have been made and meetings have been arranged with a view to appoint a manager this week but apart from all the usual names normally mentioned for the role, there are two new additions.
Marcelino Garcia Toral, formerly of Villarreal and Valencia and Niko Kovac, formerly of Bayern Munich, are said to be of interest and have been contacted by the club.
Out of these two names, Kovac would appear to be the more solid and likely, although Marcelino would be someone Raul Sanllehi would know because of their Spanish connections.
It won’t be the big name that many are looking for and another preferred candidate. Julian Nagelsmann (RB Leipzig) seemed to distance himself from the post by appearing more enthusiastic about a possible move to Barcelona in the future.
Vieira and Arteta are still in the mix because of their Arsenal connections and would be far easier to install in the job. Ancelotti’s immediate position is unclear and Pochettino and Allegri are in no hurry to resume their careers.
It’s unclear if Rafa Benitez has been contacted, but there would be considerable costs involved in attempting to secure his services from Dalian Yifang F.C in The Chinese Super League.
The Arsenal board have been guilty of indecision in the past, but Raul Sanllehi has decided that an appointment must be made within days, assuming their target wants the job.
It has become something of a poisoned chalice after Wenger’s departure and the current fallout from Emery’s dismissal have not exactly made it more desirable. An announcement could follow by midweek as the North London club try to halt the their eight match winless run and string of dismal performances.
The decline has been surprising for a side generally considered to be a strong contender for an automatic top four finish. That now seems incredibly unlikely at this moment in time with Arsenal in desperate need of leadership and stability.