Who should Arsenal appoint? Ian Holloway on Mauricio Pochettino, Brendan Rodgers and Rafa Benítez

Ian Holloway by Ian Holloway / 03 December 2019, 14:53

Unai Emery didn’t really stand a chance at Arsenal with the way it was going.

To take over from Arsene Wenger was never going to be easy. It takes patience and time to build a new team but anyone with half an ounce of football nous can see that Arsenal don’t have a balanced team. Especially at the back.

Mistakes in the transfer window, the whole captain saga, and the frustration of the fans all combined together. It became so toxic and it came to a point where Emery simply had to go.

Who should Arsenal appoint?

Max Allegri (5/2) has won things, however it doesn’t necessarily mean that he will win at Arsenal. He could prove to be too similar to Emery in his way of doing things.

Is it too early for Mikel Arteta? I think it is. Just because he’s helping Pep Guardiola doesn’t mean that he could become the ‘next Guardiola’.

If I was the Arsenal Chairman I would go and try and get Rafa Benitez (20/1).

He’s got proven pedigree, loads of experience, and he knows how to deal with testing circumstances. 

He’s won silverware in England, Spain and Italy and in his last job at Newcastle he proved just how brilliant he was by winning the Championship, then he kept the club up twice while working under a difficult Chairman.

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Could Arsenal appoint a former Liverpool boss?

What about Brendan Rodgers?

I’ve seen that Brendan Rodgers has been linked but I don’t think he should take it.

I know he’s left a club before - Celtic - but he’s part of an exciting project at Leicester City who are absolutely flying this season. Their scouting network has been sensational, and the way he’s set up his side is great to watch.

Having worked at Leicester myself I know that they have such a loyal fanbase. With Rodgers in charge, who’s to say that they can’t go that one step further and win the Premier League title again!

Or Mauricio Pochettino?

I think a lot of the Arsenal fans would actually like it but I think there would be a lot of pressure on Mauricio Pochettino if he was appointed.

Pressure to quickly turn things around, pressure because he managed Tottenham, and pressure to win something which he’s never done.

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