Paulo Sousa has broken his silence following recent reports linking him with the Arsenal job.
The current Bordeaux manager had supposedly emerged as a possible successor for Unai Emery, after a strong start to the new season in Ligue 1.
Apparently the Gunners have made an approach for the 49-year-old (L’Equipe), with Everton also interested.
Now Sousa, who has previously managed in England with Leicester City, Swansea City and QPR, has spoken about his future.
Stopping short of confirming if an approach had been made, Sousa said in a press conference (Goal): “I’m fine here, focused on everything I can control.
“It’s me who makes the decision, not my agent. I’m trying to have a great marriage with this club. It’s not a question of being impatient.”
The search will continue for Arsenal, with Freddie Ljungberg currently in charge on an interim basis.
Carlo Ancelotti and Mikel Arteta appear to be the frontrunners for the gig at the moment.
TBR’s view – Arsenal can do better
Arsenal should really be aiming higher than Sousa so his stance should not serve as too much of a disappointment.
While he is doing well right now in France, Sousa is yet to really prove himself and managing the Gunners would perhaps be too big a job for him.
He seems set on staying with Bordeaux, and that should see Arsenal push hard for someone like Ancelotti, or Max Allegri, who apparently won’t take another job until the summer.