Kevin Campbell has identified four managers that can replace Unai Emery as Arsenal manager in an interview with AFTV as the Spaniard continues to come under enormous pressure from supporters – including ex-Barcelona boss Luis Enrique.
Emery guided Arsenal to fifth in the Premier League last season and to a Europa League final, which saw the pressure intensify on the Spaniard to reach the top four this time around. The Gunners currently sit in fifth, again, four points off fourth.
But this season, the feeling around The Emirates is a nasty one. Granit Xhaka was appointed captain – against the will of the fans – and has since had a tantrum when being substituted. Mesut Ozil has been frozen out.
Struggling performances against Sheffield United, Watford and Vitoria have also drawn criticism of Emery’s tenure. Former Gunners striker Campbell has suggested four managers in Enrique, Patrick Vieira, Mikel Arteta and Max Allegri.
“I am calling out Unai Emery, right now because I am not seeing that. I think we’re regressing – In my opinion, Unai Emery, thanks for trying, but we’re going to go a different direction,” Campbell said.
“The board should get him out and getting in someone like an Allegri or someone of that ilk. Luis Enrique, I like Luis Enrique – people even mentioned Arteta. What about Patrick Vieira?”
TBR’s view – Which of Campbell’s suggestions would be best?
Enrique left his post as Spain manager in the summer due to personal reasons and it remains to be seen when the former Barca gaffer will return to management. It might make him currently unavailable.
Arteta is yet to manage a club himself as of yet, but is learning under the best in Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola as his assistant. Invincibles skipper Vieira is impressing at Nice, after a decent spell as New York City boss.
But the best of the lot would be Allegri. A serial winner with Juventus and out of work at the moment, Allegri would be the ideal appointment for Arsenal.