Arsenal are reportedly rivalling Everton for Spanish manager Marcelino who was sacked by La Liga side Valencia back in September, despite gaining Champions League qualification last term – and Gunners fans are not impressed.
The Daily Mail claim both Everton and Arsenal want the 54-year-old, who starred as Valencia boss during 2018-19. He took Valencia to Copa Del Rey success with a final win over Barcelona, and masterminded Champions League qualification.
However, after falling out with Valencia owner Peter Lim, Marcelino was sacked in September and has since remained out of work. He has previously managed Sevilla and Villarreal, but only ever manager in his home country of Spain.
The report claims Arsenal considered a move for the Spanish boss before choosing Unai Emery as manager. Freddie Ljungberg remains in charge while the Gunners look for a new gaffer, though the Swede could remain until the end of the season.
Everton are also said to be keen on Marcelino, with Marco Silva coming under intense scrutiny. If Arsenal want the former Valencia man, they will need to act fast, with the report claiming Everton have opened initial talks with Marcelino.
Arsenal fans have reacted to the reported news that their club are rivalling Everton for Marcelino, and the majority of Gunners fans would rather look elsewhere. Many are of the opinion he could be another version of Emery.
Worried about him being another Unai.
— Alam (@AlamManji) December 3, 2019
No thank you!!
— Chris French (@archythegoon) December 3, 2019
Seriously hope not!
— Vishnu Pattathil (@Vpattathil) December 3, 2019
This is not serious…🤦♂️🤦♂️🤦♂️
— manosafin (@manosafin) December 3, 2019
Na wa for Arsenal oh. Marcelino? Come on, Arsenal need a quality coach, someone that understands the EPL better. If I may ask, can Marcelino cope with the demanding environment of the EPL? Remember how Emery got choked at Arsenal. @finecountryazu1
— Harry Promise (HP) (@HarryPromiseHP) December 3, 2019
This man is so bad that Emery's Arsenal scored 7 against his Valencia!
— Taha Shaker (@AbdurrRamzan) December 3, 2019