Arsenal have whittled their list of managerial candidates down to five options. We just aren’t sure which five.
According to both the Daily Mail and the Daily Telegraph, the Gunners have identified a quintet of managers as they make steps to replace Arsene Wenger this summer.
Both Jeremy Wilson and Sami Mokbel agree that Massimiliano Allegri – who they should go for – Patrick Vieira and Mikel Arteta are on the shortlist. But the others are up for debate.
Wilson says that ‘the select group still under serious consideration’ also contains Leonardo Jardim of Monaco. Arsenal ‘are not settled yet on whether to go all out for an established current manager’ or a younger option.
If they do go for the latter, Julian Nagelsmann of Hoffenheim could be in the frame. But, as with Vieira and Arteta, that ‘would represent a greater gamble’.
Mokbel of the Mail makes no mention of Jardim or Nagelsmann, instead suggesting Luis Enrique ‘is well liked’ by head of football relations Raul Sanllehi, and Joachim Low of Germany also has fans in the Arsenal hierarchy.
Enrique ‘has not been disregarded entirely’ as an option, but his wages are thought to be something of a stumbling block.
In the case of Low, Arsenal want their new manager in place before the start of the World Cup, making a move for the Germany head coach almost impossible.
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