BBC journalist delivers huge Arsenal manager update, talks ongoing with one candidate named
Arsenal are not rushing into appointing their next manager, with Arsene Wenger set to take charge of the team for his last game against Huddersfield on Sunday.
David Ornstein, a BBC journalist who specialises in Arsenal news, released an update on Saturday afternoon on his official Twitter page.
He said that Arsenal are not close to appointing a new manager and that there’s currently no agreement on candidate, with talks ongoing.
He said that it is highly unlikely that Arsenal will be in a position to make the announcement next week, but he did say that former Arsenal player Mikel Arteta is one name that’s being considered.
Arsenal not close to appointing new manager. No agreement yet on chosen candidate, negotiations at relatively early stage, thorough process ongoing, next week looks unrealistic. Once decided, IG/RS/SM will present recommendation to #AFC board. Arteta among names being considered
— David Ornstein (@bbcsport_david) May 12, 2018
Football Insider verdict:
It looks increasingly like Arsenal will name either Massimiliano Allegri or Mikel Arteta as their new manager. Allegri would be the Arsenal fans’ preferred choice and Ornstein claimed earlier in the week that he was likely to be leaving Juventus. Arteta is the wildcard, a player that left Arsenal as a player in the 2015/16 season and has been receiving plaudits for his work as coach at Man City. It would be a massive gamble to give the Arsenal job to Arteta, but at 36, if a huge success, is the right age to try to break Wenger’s record. Arsenal aren’t frightened to take risks – they proved that with Wenger – but Arteta might be a step too far. Arsenal fans have been massively critical of key decisions under Wenger’s reign and would love the tried and tested Allegri. Would he want the Arsenal job? They’re still a massive club but they don’t have Champions League football to offer. That would be Allegri’s first brief, followed quickly by bringing the Premier League title back to north London. That’s some challenge.
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