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Arsenal set to interview 10 serious contenders for manager post, Freddie Ljungberg still doubtful

Arsenal have been a sinking ship since Arsene Wenger’s departure from the Emirates stadium. The Gunner recently sacked the newly appointed Unai Emery after a dreadful run of loses and draws this season. The man-in-charge is Freddie Ljungberg to help the sinking ship afloat this season.

While Ljungberg (interim manager) is busy making tactics to help the club finish at a respectful rank, Arsenal is prepared to interview 10 candidates to fill the vacant seat of a permanent manager.

One of the top contenders is former captain Patrick Vieira. The legend has emerged as a serious contender despite a difficult season at Nice. Another contender is former Valencia boss Marcelino. The interview process has begun with the Spaniard and is one of the few to be approached first.

Patrick Vieira (Reuters).

Manchester City coach Mikel Arteta is also ready to spread his wings and is on the Arsenal managements hit-list. Arteta has been a good student under Pep Guardiola which can be beneficial for the Gunners if he arrives. Another name on the list is Carlo Ancelotti who is now available after being sacked by Napoli.

Former Tottenham Hotspurs boss Mauricio Pochettino is also free but Arsenal might wait for summer before trying their lunch with the Argentine. Interestingly, Max Allegri is not in the serious candidate’s list as Arsenal wants a good English speaking manager.

Mikel Arteta (Reuters).

According to the rumour mill, Bordeaux’s former Swansea boss Paulo Sousa and Belgium boss Roberto Martinez are also under consideration.

Selection Panel:

Meanwhile, it up to Ljungberg to keep the seat warm until the end of the season. Raul Sanllehi, head of football, Edu, technical director, Vinai Venkatesham managing director and Huss Fahmy, contracts negotiator will head up the process.

The recommended candidates from the panel will then be interviewed by Josh Kroenke, Arsenal director and son of owner Stan. It is then that the candidate will be given a green light.

The first step to the rigorous process will be to shortlist the names which would mean the fans may have to wait until the season end before they see a new successor to carry Arsene Wenger’s legacy.

Arteta was selected in 2018 to carry the baton by Ivan Gazidis, former chief executive but was blocked by older members of the board. Interestingly, they still exist but are confident that if selected, Arteta will come to Emirates.

Ancelotti is a serious contender too as he knows English football and has a good track record at the Premier League. Ljungberg also hopes to be a contender after a win at West Ham. But it is still too early to say anything about it.

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