Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta only won the FA Cup and Community Shield earlier this year but, in the wake of a 2-0 defeat to Tottenham on Sunday, is already under pressure at the Emirates Stadium. The Spaniard’s side were consigned to defeat courtesy of goals from Son Heung-min and Harry Kane. So Express Sport will now take a look at three potential replacements in case the former Manchester City coach is relieved of his duties.
Massimiliano Allegri started learning English earlier this year, preparing for a job in the Premier League should the right opportunity arise.
And, should Arteta go, the Italian would be the strong favourite to take over.
Allegri won five Serie A titles on the trot with Juventus during his time there and, somewhat surprisingly, is still on the market following his departure in 2019.
He’s proven in the past he can cope with big expectations and is viewed as one of the best managers in world football.
So he could certainly represent an attractive proposition for the London giants.
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Julian Nagelsmann has done a terrific job at RB Leipzig so far.
To sit just two points off the top of the Bundesliga table at the current time of writing is impressive, with Bayern Munich and Bayer Leverkusen the only two sides higher in the table.
Nagelsmann has won plaudits and is viewed as Europe’s best up-and-coming manager at the age of just 33.
So Arsenal could be forgiven for looking in his direction should they opt to bring the axe down on the Arteta era.
It would be a gamble – but so was their decision to hire Arsene Wenger in 1996. And look how that turned out…
When Arsenal parted ways with Wenger in 2018, Brendan Rodgers was considered.
The former Liverpool boss was at Celtic at the time but, in the end, the Gunners decided to go wit Unai Emery.
But Rodgers’ work at Leicester makes him worthy of consideration.
The 47-year-old narrowly missed out on steering the club into the Champions League last term but the Foxes have bounced back, currently sitting fourth in the table.
Arsenal’s interest subsided when he took the Leicester job but he’s another who could be worth considering.
What about Mauricio Pochettino?
Some people may have thought Mauricio Pochettino would make this list.
But that’s really, really, really unlikely to happen.
Pochettino didn’t leave Tottenham on bad terms. Instead it was a good exit for both parties and bridges certainly haven’t been burned.
He’s even said he would love to return to that side of north London so Arsenal, you’d expect, won’t make an approach.
Instead, it’s possible he’ll rock up at Real Madrid, PSG or even Barcelona sooner, rather than later…