Chelsea and Liverpool linked bosses made shock favourites for Arsenal job

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The race to replace Arsene Wenger as Arsenal manager has had a number of leaders since the announcement of his summer departure, but the current front runner is the most surprising yet.

Liverpool assistant manager Zeljko Buvac has come out of nowhere in the odds to be leading the way, despite his lack of experience as a manager, not only at the top level, but at all.

The Bosnian has been Jurgan Klopp’s assistant at Liverpool, Borussia Dortmund and Mainz, with his only managerial role coming before that, at German side Neukirchen. Despite this, Buvac is leading the way in the betting at just 5/2.

On 30 April, Buvac began a leave of absence from Liverpool due to personal reasons, which is when rumours started to swirl about an imminent move to Arsenal.

The bookies have clearly taken these reports seriously, as Buvac was previously not even priced, and now he is favourite.

The 56-year-old is not a clear favourite, however, with Carlo Ancelotti only just behind him in the odds.

The former Chelsea, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and PSG manager is in at 10/3 so is seen as a very real contender for the role.

Ancelotti had previously been favourite but then slid down the odds after being linked with the Italy national job.

However, the former Premier League winner distanced him from that role and is now very much in the frame for an Emirates switch.

Behind Ancelotti are the likes of Massimiliano Allegri (5/1), Eddie Howe (9/1), Brendan Rodgers (10/1) and Luis Enrique (10/1).

Confusingly, Gary Megson has come into just 16/1 to replace Wenger, but that seems like the purest form of insanity.

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