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Report: Arsenal Could Pursue Mauricio Pochettino For Vacant Manager's Job

Report: Arsenal Could Pursue Mauricio Pochettino For Vacant Manager's Job

After the sacking of Unai Emery this morning, Arsenal are on the lookout for a new manager. They are believed to have 12-man shortlist of potential candidates, which will be whittled down in the coming days.

Caretaker boss Freddie Ljungberg is seen an option, as is Manchester City assistant Mikel Arteta. Massimiliano Allegri is the current favourite, although a much more controversial appointment could also be on the books.

David Ornstein of The Athletic is reporting that the club see Mauricio Pochettino as a 'credible option'. The Argentine was sacked by Spurs last week, bring to an end his five-and-a-half year stint at White Hart Lane.

Ornstein believes that Pochettino is on the shortlist, although it is unclear how receptive he would be to any advances.

Were this unlikely marriage to come to fruition, it certainly would not go down well amongst Spurs supporters. They have long craved to establish themselves as the dominant force in North London, something they managed to do under their former manager.

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To see him end up at their biggest rivals would no doubt be a heartbreaking sight. While many acknowledged that a change of manager may have been needed, Pochettino is still held in the highest regard by Spurs fans.

That would likely change were he to manage Arsenal. We all remember the abuse directed towards Sol Campbell when he made such a move, and while this would be under much different circumstances, it could still illicit a similar response.

We would imagine that Pochettino would be hesitant to take the Arsenal job and not only due his history with Spurs. With the problems at The Emirates, he may wait for a more attractive position to open up elsewhere.

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Gary Connaughton

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