Arsenal’s miserable form of late has had Mikel Arteta’s suitability for the job questioned on more than one occasion. The opinion is divided between giving the club legend more time to make things right or giving him the sack. In what has been their worst start to the league since 1974/1975, Arsenal now find themselves just a few places away from the relegation. With Arteta’s job in the balance, it poses the question, who is next in line to lead the Gunners?
Allegri, Rodgers and Tuchel Are Joint Favourites
Massimiliano Allegri, Brendan Rodgers, and Thomas Tuchel are the 3 names that keep coming up in the Arsenal debate, and each is joint-favourite for the job. There’s no denying that each has plenty of suitable ‘big club’ experience. Most recently, Allegri managed Juventus to their 12th Copa Italia title and has been in the waiting for a new position since 2019.
The biggest question mark has to be Brendan Rodgers. His transformation of the Leicester City team cannot be ignored, and the Foxes are now considered to be Premier League title contenders. So you have to question whether it is worth the gamble for Rodgers – does he risk leaving one of the best teams in the competition right now, for one of the worst? He is an obvious fit, and Arsenal would be the ‘bigger’ job, so it will be interesting to see how that unfolds.
Thomas Tuchel is a new addition to the shortlist, following his surprising exit from PSG last week. Despite a successful run with the team, he failed to win the Champions League, and it is no secret that it is the number one priority of the owners. Clubs don’t get much bigger than PSG, so he has some fantastic experience to put him in the running for the Arsenal job.
Is Top 4 Realistic For The Gunners?
Most Arsenal fans will tell you, at this point in the season, that finishing top 4 is their best hope. This will seal European qualification and hopefully set them up for a better 2021 Premier League season. Although, top 4 seems a long way from their current position in 15th. Surrounded by typical low point-scoring clubs like Burnley, Fulham and West Brom, Arsenal has had a terrible start to their campaign. In fact, they have only secured 17 points from their last 15 games.
During the month of January, Arsenal’s fixture list is favourable. They take on teams like Newcastle, Aston Villa and Crystal Palace, before meeting with long-term rivals Manchester United at the end of the month. This next 4 weeks will make or break their season, and in turn, will decide the future of Mikel Arteta at the club. If they can go on a streak of wins, and maintain some momentum, top 4 could happen, although it’s looking like a very difficult task.