Arsenal chief Edu identifies top contender for Gunners job if Mikel Arteta sacked

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Arsenal chief Edu is reportedly checking on the availability of several managers, in case the Gunners board decide to sack Mikel Arteta. The Spaniard appears to be safe for now but supporters are beginning to lose patience with his regime after six Premier League defeats in 11 matches.

As it stands, Arsenal are sitting in 15th place and closer to the relegation zone (seven points) than they are to the top four (eight points).

Arteta has failed to build on his achievements last season after he guided the Gunners to FA Cup glory at Wembley.

That was followed up with a win in the Community Shield against Liverpool in August but Arsenal have since looked short of ideas.

When Arteta was appointed in December 2019, he enchanted the club’s hierarchy with his ambitious long-term vision.

There is still optimism that the former Manchester City assistant will turn things around but it appears Arsenal are also preparing for the worst.

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According to Italian outlet Calciomercato, Edu is beginning to probe several bosses in case he is forced into action.

The report claims that Massimiliano Allegri is top of that shortlist, following his departure from Juventus in 2019.

Allegri, who won six Serie A titles with Juventus, has already made it clear he would be interested in managing in England.

“I would like to experience the Premier League,” Allegri said, as per the Evening Standard.

“In Italy, I was in Milan four years. Five years in Juventus. Now I expect (to work again) in Italy, but it is difficult, or in England.

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“English football is improving now because there are a lot of foreign trainers.

“England now is more sophisticated, and more tactical, but is also respecting the tradition of English football. It’s a good balance of the spirit of English football and the new quality and new tactical approach of the new coaches.”

Allegri has already been interviewed for the Arsenal job back in 2018, when he flirted with the idea of leaving Juventus for north London.

In the end, Unai Emery got the job with reports suggesting that Allegri failed to impress at the interview stage.

He has also recently been linked with Inter Milan, with Antonio Conte under pressure at the San Siro following their struggles in the Champions League.

Meanwhile, Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher thinks Arsenal would be foolish to axe Arteta because he is not solely responsible for their struggles.

“There might be talk about [Arteta] being under pressure now, or the situation he’s in, I wouldn’t even think about Mikel Arteta’s position. I really like Arteta,” Carragher said on Monday Night Football.

“There’s a lot of nonsense around the cub. I think some of the signings have been a joke, in terms of bringing Willian in, [David] Luiz in, Cedric [Soares] in. There’s Kia Joorabchian making signings at the club.

“Mikel Arteta brought in [Thomas] Partey and Gabriel, they look like Arsenal’s two best players at this moment.

“They’ve had four managers and three CEOs since 2018, just stick with Arteta, but there’s going to be a lot of pain for Arsenal.”

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