Gambling.com Ambassador and former BBC football broadcaster, Manish Bhasin, has had his say on the current managerial situation at Arsenal, after Unai Emery was fired by the North London club on Friday.
In his bi-weekly piece for Gambling.com, Manish said with Freddie Ljunberg now at the helm – at least for the interim – the whole Club will be hoping for the same rousing effect on the Arsenal team, recently witnessed by some of their rivals.
“They’ve wasted little time in installing Freddie Ljungberg as the new interim head coach; the board no doubt hoping the crowd favourite will have the same galvanising effect as Frank Lampard at Chelsea.
“Ljungberg was part of Arsenal’s Premier League title-winning teams of 2002 and 2004 and only became part of the first-team setup in the summer.
“Unlike Lampard, he has no management experience, having only assisted at Wolfsburg for 6 months in the 18/19 season – his starting 11 will be fascinating”
Although intrigued by Ljunberg’s approach to Sunday’s fixture against Norwich, Bhasin believes The Gunners’ long-term replacement lies in the hands of someone else:
“Of those being linked as a permanent successor, the current favourite is Wolves’ Nuno Espirito Santo.
“But would he come? He’s building something special at Wolves after wining promotion to the Premier League where he claimed a 7th placed finish in 2 seasons.
“Nuno has shown that he can improve players, something rarely seen at Arsenal under Emery. Nuno is clearly adored at Molineux and has the fans on side.”
Another name thrown into the hat is former Arsenal Captain Mikel Arteta who, after spending time in the dugout with Pep Guardiola, could be ready to take on a managerial position in his own right.
“Mikel Arteta obviously spent 5 years as a player with the Gunners and came close to getting the job in May 2018 when the club opted for Emery.
“He’s currently in his 3rd season as an assistant at Manchester City and Pep Guardiola has said he expects Arteta to stay at the Etihad until the end of the season at the very least.”
The last person to make a direct switch to Arsenal from their fierce Rivals, Spurs, was Sol Campbell, which for obvious reasons didn’t go down well, but Manish told Gambling.com that a shock Pochettino appointment is likely to be out of the question:
“If Pochettino wasn’t willing to go to Barcelona having managed Espanyol, surely that would make a move across North London a no-go? Stranger things though have happened.”
Although the above names would be considered stellar appointments, Bhasin told Gambling.com that he believes one – perhaps less obvious name – could be the perfect fit:
“While the club might prefer to go for a heavyweight candidate such as Max Allegri, a talented and well-respected coach, I just feel someone more in the mould of Julian Naglesmann from RB Leipzig would have the long term very much in mind.
Someone with new, fresh ideas. One of the positives under Unai Emery was his faith shown in youngsters. So much so, he played 9 teenagers during his time in charge with the like Reiss Nelson, Joe Willock and Bukayo Saka showing real potential.”