Ray Parlour has claimed his preferred his choice to be the next Arsenal manager is Mauricio Pochettino, but is unsure on whether he would take the position at the Emirates Stadium.
The Gunners dismissed Unai Emery last week and caretaker boss Freddie Ljungberg took charge of the 2-2 draw away to Norwich City at the weekend.
He’s preparing the North London club to host Brighton on Thursday, while the hierarchy search for a successor to Emery.
According to the Mirror, Arsenal are looking at as many as 12 possible candidates with the likes of Pochettino, Brendan Rodgers, Mikel Arteta, Nuno Espirito Santo and Max Allegri potentially shortlisted.
With Pochettino only recently exiting Tottenham, Parlour is unsure whether he would make the move to their direct rivals.
But ex-Arsenal midfielder Parlour has explained that the 47-year-old would be his number one pick for next manager.
“Number one [choice], I don’t think he would go to Arsenal but I would love to see him there is Pochettino,” Parlour told talkSPORT.
“I think he would go to Manchester United first if I’m being honest.”
Pochettino was unable to win a trophy during five years at Spurs, but he transformed them into top four regulars and one of the strongest teams in English football.
They reached a Champions League final last season and the Argentine boss could bring some real quality at the Emirates Stadium if they could convince him to join Arsenal.
But the Manchester Evening News reports that Pochettino wants to manage Manchester United next, with the pressure currently on their boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Arsenal need to try act quickly when it comes to an appointment and can’t let the process drag on.