Paul Merson names his top three candidates for next Arsenal manager

Paul Merson has his say on Arsenal's hunt for a new manager following the sacking of Unai Emery

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
Paul Merson
Arsenal legend Paul Merson (Photo: Sky Sports)

Paul Merson has named Mauricio Pochettino, Brendan Rodgers and Nuno Espirito Santo as his top three candidates to take over as Arsenal’s new manager.

The Gunners are currently on the hunt for a new boss after having opted to sack Unai Emery on Friday morning following a series of poor results.

Freddie Ljungberg has taken temporary charge of the north London side until the north Londoners are able to find a suitable replacement for Emery.

Rodgers, Pochettino and Nuno have all been touted as possible contenders for the Arsenal job in recent days.

Former Arsenal star Merson feels that all three would suit the Gunners well and he has urged the north London club to make sure that they get this appointment “right”.

Writing in his column for the Daily Star, Merson said: “Arsenal should go for Mauricio Pochettino or Brendan Rodgers now they’ve finally put Unai Emery out of his misery.

“I’m all for Rodgers getting the job. He’s a proven coach. He improves players – and these players need to be improved!

“I like Nuno Espirito Santo at Wolves as well. And Pochettino is a top manager who is out of work and available. He might be tempted.

“They just have to make sure they get this appointment right because it’s a crucial decision that will decide Arsenal’s future.

“But who are the football people making that decision? Where are they are? That’s what worries me. Can you trust them?

“Emery is probably relieved. He looked lost. I don’t think he knew what he was doing. I think he had lost confidence and was making bad decisions.”

Arsenal will return to Premier League action on Thursday night when they host Brighton and Hove Albion in the top flight at The Emirates.

The Gunners’ first priority for the remainder of the season will be turning around their stuttering Premier League form to climb the table and get themselves back into contention for a top-four finish.

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