Former Arsenal stars Paul Merson and Martin Keown have called on Arsenal to hire ex Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino.
Arsenal are still on the lookout for a new manager a week after the sacking of Unai Emery.
Emery’s assistant Freddie Ljungberg has been appointed interim coach and managed the club for the first time in the 2-2 draw with Norwich at the weekend.
It’s widely accepted the Ljungberg will move back into the assistant role when the club appoints a permanent manager.
There has been wide speculation about who the next Arsenal manager could be. Several names including Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers, former Arsenal star and now OGC Nice manager Patrick Vieira, and Mikel Arteta, who also played for Arsenal and is currently Pep Guardiola’s assistant at Manchester City.
But there is a strong reason why many fans and pundits are calling for Pochettino to not be overlooked.
Pochettino managed Spurs from 2014 to 2019, he had improved the club during his spell despite failing to win a major trophy. He helped them finish in the top four in three of his four season and led them to their first ever Champions league final in a losing effort to Liverpool earlier this year.
He was sacked on November 19 after a poor start to the new season.
The Argentine helped fix Tottenham’s leaky defence after joining the club, and eventually built a formidable back four which he conceded only 26 league goals in 2016/17 season.
Camden New Journal reported that Keown said he believes Pochettino is the right man for the job.
The powers-that-be at the top of the club should be seriously considering Pochettino.
“I have a lot of admiration for what he did at Tottenham, the way he nurtured those young players and he didn’t spend a great deal of money.”
Arsenal’s defence has been their Achilles heel over the past couple of the seasons. They have conceded a total of 21 goals in in 14 league games this season.
The open and expansive football which Rodgers and Arteta will bring to the club will likely leave the defence exposed to counter-attacks.
Arsenal next play Brighton at home on Thursday, December 5, a victory will be the first win in their last six Premier League games.