The Telegraph are reporting that Everton managerial target Paulo Fonseca is being lined up as a replacement for Arsene Wenger at Arsenal.
There have been several conflicting reports over potential managerial changes for both Everton and Arsenal, and it looks like the two clubs could square off over three main candidates.
According to the Mirror, Arsenal and Everton will battle it out for Mikel Arteta, but the Telegraph report now claims Arsenal are lining up Fonseca.
Fonseca has impressed since taking over at Shakhtar Donetsk – his side’s free flowing football has them on the brink of the Champions League quarterfinals.
The third name being mentioned is ex-Barcelona boss Luis Enrique, who the Daily Star claim is on Everton owner Farhad Moshiri’s wish list. Enrique is now a heavy favourite to take over at Arsenal, with Chelsea another name linked to the Spaniard.
The first name on Everton’s list is presumably Fonseca, but they might find more success looking closer to home with Arteta. Everton fans have clashed with several managers for not “getting” the club. Arteta wouldn’t have this problem, having spent most of his playing days at Goodison Park.
Arteta has been an assistant to Pep Guardiola at Manchester City since 2016, and any semblance of City’s incredible style would quickly endear him to the Everton fans.
Arsenal will no doubt want a big name to replace Arsene Wenger, but Luis Enrique is not the answer. The 47 year-old was heavily criticised at Barcelona for relying too much on individual talent, which is something that Arsenal… don’t have.
Paulo Fonseca could be the ideal man for the Gunners, showing what he can do in Europe with Shakhtar this season. The 45 year-old is charismatic, enigmatic, and would breathe new life into the Arsenal squad. Most importantly though, he has an incredible 78% win ratio as manager of Shakhtar.
Arsenal and Everton fans, who do you want as manager next season? Let us know in the comments below…