If Arsenal have any ambition they would sack Unai Emery and make a move for Mauricio Pochettino

first_img Where next for Mauricio Pochettino? 6/4 Bayern Munich7/2 Man Utd7/2 Real Madrid7/1 PSG14/1 Juventus14/1 ArsenalOdds courtesy of Betfair If Arsenal have any ambition they would sack Unai Emery and make a move for Mauricio Pochettino Advertisement Whether Jose Mourinho is the right fit for Tottenham or not, Daniel Levy can hardly be accused of settling for mediocrity or displaying the levels of inertia which appear to be crippling north London rivals Arsenal.By replacing the most successful manager in the club’s modern history with the most qualified, high-profile available coach on the market, Levy has sent out a clear signal that results, above all else, will determine his decision-making.For all his shortcomings, and there are many, Mourinho will galvanise Spurs, in the short-term at least. It would, after all, be difficult not to improve on an alarming run of league form which dates back to last season and sees Spurs currently languishing in 14th place.AdvertisementAdvertisementRarely has Mourinho, if ever, inherited a team in a state of such apparent disarray. Even at Manchester United he took charge of FA Cup winners and was immediately given the funds to break the British transfer record to sign Paul Pogba and add a cast-iron guarantee of goals in the form of Zlatan Ibrahimovc. Levy will allow him no such luxury but the impact of a new man, with a new message, who at one time or another has coveted many of the players he will now work with, should not be underestimated.ADVERTISEMENTThe Spurs chairman may well be risking his own legacy on a manager who none of Europe’s traditional heavyweights were willing to consider as a solution to their own problems, but it is hard not to admire Levy’s ruthlessness, especially when set against the ‘move along, nothing to see here’ Officer Barbrady style attitude adopted by Arsenal’s hierarchy over the course of the international break. Unai Emery was given a vote of confidence following Arsenal’s defeat at Leicester (Picture: Getty)Despite a troubled end to his tenure, Pochettino leaves Tottenham with his reputation as an elite coach fully intact. The likes of Bayern Munich will no doubt register an interest while, for all the talk of three-year plans, a poor run of results will prompt Ed Woodward to consider taking decisive action and hire the man many felt should have replaced Louis van Gaal at Old Trafford instead of Mourinho.Arsenal, meanwhile, are said to be hopeful that a run of favourable fixtures against the likes of Southampton, Brighton, Norwich and West Ham affords Emery the opportunity to scramble to the safety of calmer waters. Maximum points from those fixtures would only delay the inevitable, however, by which time Pochettino will either have found alternative employment or laid the groundwork ahead of starting a new role come the summer.AdvertisementPochettino, memorably, claimed he would rather return to work on his farm in Argentina than coach Arsenal or, given his Espanyol connections, Barcelona. But that was before his former employer urged him to quit, subsequently sacked him and paid his replacement twice as much. There are, of course, any number of reasons the 47-year-old would guard against switching north London allegiances, but loyalty to Spurs, and or Levy, given the events of the last 24 hours are unlikely to be chief among them.Arsenal might not be the attractive proposition they were at the time of Sol Campbell’s defection, but the level of ambition and audaciousness displayed by David Dein at that time is precisely what is required from the likes of his modern day counterpart Sanllehi. Persisting with Emery, simply isn’t an option.The Gunners would undoubtedly be at the back of a long queue for Pochettino, but they must at the very least attempt to join it.Where will Pochettino end up nextReal Madrid0%Man Utd0%PSG0%Juventus0%Arsenal0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsMORE: Arsenal step up Erling Haaland interest as striker’s father visits training groundMORE: Gabriel Martinelli names the Arsenal youngster who has Brazilian qualities While Pochettino can justifiably point to a lack of support from Levy in the transfer market – he infamously went 18 months without signing anyone before Jack Clarke’s arrival in the summer – Emery has no such excuse. Following his appointment, five new players arrived to address key deficiencies in the squad he inherited from Arsene Wenger. Only Bernd Leno has lived up to expectation with Lucas Torreira’s form having dipped on account of being asked to play out of position and Matteo Guendouzi thriving, one suspects, as a consequence of playing on instinct rather than to instruction.AdvertisementAdvertisementArsenal gambled this summer following last season’s epic capitulation which culminated in the sort of result – a 4-1 humiliation in a showpiece European final – that would earn most managers the sack, rather than the reprieve that has unquestionably backfired. Emery was effectively given a vote of confidence during the international break which followed the damaging, listless 2-0 defeat at Leicester. At that juncture, Raul Sanllehi and his boardroom cohorts could justifiably have claimed there was no outstanding, logical and attainable alternative to Emery. Not now.Mourinho was never a serious option, despite his public and private flirtations, given his history with Arsenal, while promoting Freddie Ljungberg ahead of schedule offers only the guarantee of a short-term feel-good factor. Max Allegri, meanwhile, is cut from the same cloth as Emery and would, initially at least, struggle with the language barrier which has prevented the Spaniard from building any sort of immediacy with Arsenal fans. CommentShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitter4.4kShares James GoldmanSports editorWednesday 20 Nov 2019 5:30 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.4kShares Advertisement Jose Mourinho has signed a three-and-a-half year contract to become Tottenham’s new manager (Picture: Getty)Pochettino, ultimately, has been sacked for presiding over a run of results which threatened to serve a terminal blow to the club’s primary objective of finishing in the top four. That Levy has removed him from office at the first sign of trouble, while Arsenal persevere with a manager guilty of making many of the same mistakes which prompted the Argentine’s downfall speaks to contrasting standards both clubs are willing to tolerate. Whereas Arsenal’s board saw green shoots of recovery during the opening 60 minutes at Leicester, Levy regarded dropping two points at home to Sheffield United as the final straw.Arsenal’s league form is only marginally better than Tottenham’s and not even the most die-hard of Emery supporters, of which there appear to be few, would use the club’s current position in the table as a reason for his continued employment. Approaching 18 months into his tenure there is no discernible style of play, no consistency, nothing to cling onto. Arsenal are boring, and not even in the sort of effective, stifling fashion that brings about positive results through discipline and organisation.A chaotic mess on the field, Emery’s Arsenal are equally confused off it with the Spaniard having isolated several of his more senior players and effectively blamed an emerging group of youngsters for a downturn in results.  He has undermined his own decision to ostracise Mesut Ozil by performing an embarrassing U-turn and been forced to name the third permanent captain of his reign having bungled Granit Xhaka’s appointment.last_img read more

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