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Five next Arsenal manager choices if Mikel Arteta was to leave for Barcelona job

Five next Arsenal manager choices if Mikel Arteta was to leave for Barcelona job

The Barcelona press has sparked speculation by implying that Mikel Arteta might depart Arsenal by the season’s end. Though the rumor appears unfounded, it has caused a stir among Arsenal supporters. 

With Barcelona seeking a new manager following Xavi’s decision to depart, the hypothetical scenario of Arteta leaving could make the Arsenal managerial position highly coveted. 

ArsenalBrief Football examines five potential candidates to succeed Arteta, should he depart.

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Graham Potter

Graham Potter has a notable history with Arsenal, particularly for his memorable moment as a coach when his Ostersunds team defeated the Gunners in the Europa League at the Emirates.

Since his dismissal by Chelsea last season, Potter has been without a job. His style of play, which emphasizes attractive football, aligns well with the preferences of Arsenal fans, who typically favor attacking-minded managers.

Potter may aspire to return to a prominent managerial role, but his relatively underwhelming stint at Stamford Bridge could potentially hinder his chances.

Roberto De Zerbi

Roberto De Zerbi, another sought-after attacking-minded manager, has garnered attention for his work at Brighton, where he has guided the team into the Europa League.

Although Brighton’s performance this season hasn’t quite reached the heights of the previous one, they remain a challenging opponent under De Zerbi’s guidance. The Italian manager has demonstrated his capabilities with successful spells at Shakhtar Donetsk in Ukraine and Sassuolo in Italy.

De Zerbi appears to be a favorite among Arsenal fans, as one supporter expressed a desire for a managerial change, suggesting that Arsenal could potentially thrive under a manager like De Zerbi, especially with their decent squad. “Be gutted if Arteta went. Arsenal could do a lot better and with a decent squad they’d be a good catch for a De Zerbi type manager!”

Eddie Howe

Eddie Howe has long been recognized as one of the most promising young coaches in the UK, and his time at Newcastle United has reinforced this reputation among fans. 

Despite his success there, there’s speculation about Howe departing the Magpies, with Arsenal emerging as a potential destination. 

His tactical approach aligns well with Arteta’s, and his track record across various Premier League clubs speaks volumes about his capabilities. 

One Arsenal supporter expressed their thoughts on the matter: “So Eddie Howe, De Zerbi or Emery, which one do you think should replace Arteta? I like Eddie Howe’s process!”

Will Still

Last season, there was a surge of interest in Will Still’s presence as a cultural phenomenon when it emerged that Stade de Reims incurred fines whenever he occupied their dugout. 

Despite the financial burden, the French team had to comply due to Still’s positive impact on their performance, which significantly improved their standings.

Born in Preston, Still is now rumored to be considering a return to England. Arsenal, known for unconventional managerial choices, could see Still as a potential candidate.

Similar to Arteta, Still is perceived as a dependable figure capable of leading a long-term project.

Patrick Viera

A returning hero always captures the imagination, and Patrick Viera fits that bill perfectly.

Viera is widely regarded as one of the Premier League’s all-time greats, notably during his time with Arsenal. While he later moved on to Manchester City towards the end of his playing days, it was with Arsenal that he left an indelible mark. 

Transitioning into management, he began his coaching journey within the City Football Group.

Presently, the iconic midfielder is leading Strasbourg in Ligue 1, showcasing his managerial skills in the top flight of French football.

Five next Arsenal manager choices if Mikel Arteta was to leave for Barcelona job

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