It is believed that Arsenal is considering hiring Mikel Arteta or Massimiliano Allegri if they choose to say goodbye to under fire manager Unai Emery.
The Gunners have only won two of their last nine league games, evoking speculation that Emery could soon be fired. One report even claimed that the boss might have only one or two games to turn things around and save his job.
According to The Mirror, Arsenal has prepared a list of possible substitutes for Emery, and both Arteta and Allegri are at the top of the list.
Arteta was a serious candidate for the leadership position after Arsène Wenger’s departure in 2018, and it is believed that the Spaniard has remained on their radar ever since.
Currently it is working with Pep Guardiola in Manchester City, it remains to be seen whether Arteta would really like to switch to Arsenal, but the chance to switch to management may prove too good to refuse.
Allegri was another candidate for the vacancy in 2018, but he is supposed to have interviewed poorly, forcing Arsenal to look elsewhere and eventually turn to Emery. However, the Gunners are willing to give the former Juventus boss another chance to impress and they will reach Allegri if they choose to say goodbye to Emery.
It is worth noting that the nice boss and club legend Patrick Vieira is also on their radar, with Arsenal incredibly enthusiastic about reuniting with the Frenchman at some point. The Mirror’s report, however, claims that the club feels that it may take more time to prove itself.
Nice is struggling to impress this season, so Arsenal has temporarily suspended their chase of Vieira, at least until he can turn things around in Ligue 1.
Former manager of Chelsea and Manchester United, José Mourinho, is also being considered, although it is uncertain how arsenal is committed to the idea of taking on such a controversial character.
The club is desperate to make their next move right. They want to give Emery more time to get things back on track, but Arsenal knows they may be looking for replacements soon.