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Speaking on talkSPORT, Harry Redknapp has suggested Arsenal will be “looking” at Mauricio Pochettino as a potential manager of the club.
In a series of increasingly quick developments, Tottenham have sacked long-serving manager Pochettino, before promptly replacing him with former Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho.
And with speculation mounting over the long-term future of Unai Emery at the Emirates following a disappointing campaign this season – the Gunners are already eight points off the top-four – Redknapp believes the north London side may well be eyeing up Pochettino.
He said: “With Pochettino going from Tottenham, there will be one or two Premier League managers waking up this morning thinking, ‘oh my god, this ain’t too clever’. And there will be one or two chairmen very excited this morning thinking if there’s any way they could get him in. What a signing he’d be.
“There are clubs in London who are having a terrible time. Why shouldn’t he go to Arsenal if he wants to? You think the Arsenal fans wouldn’t love him there? It happens in football – Sol Campbell went from Tottenham to Arsenal, George Graham did it, Terry Neill did it, Pat Jennings, one of our greatest goalkeepers in history, even he made the change.
“It can happen, as long as you can do the job. I would have thought Arsenal will be looking at Pochettino now thinking, ‘could we? Can we?’”
Could the stars align and see Pochettino return to north London, but this time in the dugout of his former rivals? Arsenal’s difficult start to the campaign has raised the tension up a notch on Emery, and Spurs’ sacking of their own manager, just months after leading them to a Champions League final, will certainly increase the spotlight on the under-performing Gunners boss.
While Pochettino himself has previously insisted he wouldn’t manage the Gunners, would it not represent the ultimate opportunity for him to prove Daniel Levy wrong and succeed at the home of Spurs’ biggest enemies? Arsenal fans have already witnessed first-hand the dramatic success a man jumping ship from the Lilywhites can have courtesy of Sol Campbell, who went on to be a part of the Invincibles side in the 2003/2004 campaign.
Maybe it’s Pochettino’s chance to do the same.