This article is part of Football FanCast’s Transfer Focus series, which provides opinion and analysis on recent transfer news…
According to The Daily Mirror, Arsenal have drawn up a new 12-man shortlist as they look to find a permanent successor to Unai Emery.
The Gunners sacked the Spaniard last Friday after a series of poor results in recent weeks saw them slide down the Premier League table. At the time of Emery’s departure, the north London side had gone on a run of seven games without a win across all competitions.
Invincibles hero Freddie Ljungberg was immediately appointed as interim head coach, but The Daily Mirror now claim that the club wants to “move on quickly on a new manager”, and are ready to assess as many as 12 contenders for the role.
The report adds the likes of Brendan Rodgers, Mauricio Pochettino and Mikel Arteta are on the list, and that whilst Nuno Espirito Santo and Massimiliano Allegri also feature, they are not regarded as “leading candidates”. It is further suggested the Gunners intend to narrow down the shortlist by the end of the week to about four or five, with Edu, Raul Sanllehi, Vinai Venkatesham and Huss Fahmy making up the deciding panel.
Whilst the sheer number of supposed candidates the Gunners are considering is not really an issue, the fact the managers all have their different philosophies and identities is. Take Allegri and Arteta for example. The former was a serial winner at Juventus and led the Bianconeri to two Champions League finals, whilst the latter has only been Pep Guardiola’s assistant at Manchester City.
They are chalk and cheese in terms of their respective experiences, and yet for Arsenal to see them both as viable candidates, suggests they are making plans that don’t truly have a long-term vision in mind. They are simply looking at the best man for the job right now, rather than the best man for both the present and the future. The Gunners have already seen one post-Arsene Wenger appointment go wrong in Emery. They can ill-afford to do the same this time around.
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