after Gunners slip up at Vitoria- top seven options to replace Unai Emery emerges

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The pressure is mounting on Arsenal boss Unai Emery after he saw his side conceded an injury-time goal to draw their Europa League tie with Victoria 1-1, which extends their winless streak to four games.

Arsenal took the lead thanks to a Shkodran Mustafi header with 10 minutes remaining but the Gunners’ questionable defence was unable to prevent an equaliser from their Portuguese opposition, as Bruno Duarte scored with a scissor-kick in the 91st minute.

Emery’s job is not under immediate threat but he is still trying to win over the club’s fans with his footballing philosophy.

And while Emery continues to try and convince Arsenal’s supporters he is the right man the club needs post-Arsene Wenger, Express Sport ranks the top seven options the Gunners could replace the Spaniard with.

1. Massimiliano Allegri

The 52-year-old has made it known he is interested in a job in the Premier League after parting ways with Juventus at the end of last season.

Allegri won five straight Serie A titles, along with four Coppa Italias, during his time in Turin.

The Italian has a track record of winning and as he is currently without a club would be considered as top candidate for any big club across Europe.

However, Arsenal are not the only club linked with Allegri, as he has also been heavily linked with replacing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Manchester United and the vacant job at Bayern Munich.

2. Mikel Arteta

Arsenal considered Mikel Arteta as an option to replace Arsene Wenger before deciding to offer the position to Emery.

The Gunners chiefs would no doubt revisit their old shortlist of candidates for the job if they decided to replace Emery.

Arteta, who is currently assistant manager to Pep Guardiola at Manchester City, might have only picked up a single FA Cup during his spell as a player at the north London club but he is still regarded very highly there.

However, like some other candidates, the 37-year-old has no managerial experience and could be seen as a gamble.

3. Brendan Rodgers

The 46-year-old Northern Irishman has made a great start to the season with Leicester City, who currently sit third in the league and six points above Arsenal after 11 games.

Rodgers does have managerial experience at big clubs, having nearly won the Premier League during his time at Liverpool and presiding over a successful winning spell while at Celtic.

Several former Premier League stars, including Paul Merson and Jamie Carragher have suggested Arsenal should look at the former Swansea manager if they want to replace Emery.

While a return to Liverpool or taking over at United appear unlikely options for Rodgers in the future, Arsenal could be a viable option which might not necessarily be opposed by the fans.

However, after only recently moving from Celtic to Leicester the former Chelsea youth coach might want to see what he can achieve with the squad he has assembled with the Foxes before jumping into another rebuild position.

4. Freddie Ljungberg

Freddie Ljungberg has already been there and done it at Arsenal, albeit as a player.

He spent nine years as a player at the club, winning two Premier League titles and three FA Cups.

The former Sweden international was also part of Arsenal’s ‘Invincibles’ side that went undefeated during the 2003/04 season.

The 42-year-old was recently promoted to assistant first-team coach and some of the club’s young players, including Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Bukayo Saka have already spoken very highly about how his coaching is helping them improve on the pitch.

The downside is that while he has coached Arsenal Under-15s and Under-23s, along with a spell as assistant coach at Wolfsburg, Ljungberg has no senior managerial experience.

5. Jose Mourinho

Jose Mourinho has been out of work since he was sacked by Manchester United in December last year.

The 56-year-old Portuguese coach has won league title in four different countries, along with Champion League titles with two different teams.

However, following the manner of this departure from Old Trafford it is unclear how the former United and Chelsea boss would be welcomed by the Gunners supporters.

Although Mourinho has been keeping tabs on Arsenal as he was reportedly in attendance for their 3-2 Europa League win over Vitoria at the end of October.

A free-agent Mourinho will have to be considered given his track record but it is unlikely Arsenal will turn to him over Emery.

6. Eddie Howe

Eddie Howe has impressed several owners, mangers and fans with his management and development of Bournemouth.

The 41-year-old has learnt his trade as a manager with the Cherries and has finished 14th, 12th and 9th in the last three seasons in the Premier League.

While he hasn’t proven yet that he can meet the expectations of being in charge of a big club, if Arsenal are pondering appointing former players with little or no managerial experience, then you would expect Howe’s name to also be given some consideration.

7. Patrick Vieira

The 43-year-old Frenchman is another one of Arsenal’s ‘Invincibles’ and is currently plying his trade as manager of Nice in Ligue 1.

Vieira, who also spent two years in charge of MLS side New York City, has previously spoken about his aspirations to manage Arsenal but the former midfielder is seen as having an outside chance of replacing Emery.

While he has more experience than some of the other candidates, clubs will no doubt be looking to see him push on with Nice in Ligue 1 and compete at the top of the table before looking at him as a viable option for a club with Champions League aspirations.

 

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