Club sources say Unai Emery is top candidate to replace Arsene Wenger at Arsenal

Former Arsenal manager Sven-Goran Eriksson, former Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini and Galatasaray manager Unai Emery have all been linked with succeeding Arsene Wenger as manager at the Emirates Stadium. Of the three men Arsenal …

Former Arsenal manager Sven-Goran Eriksson, former Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini and Galatasaray manager Unai Emery have all been linked with succeeding Arsene Wenger as manager at the Emirates Stadium. Of the three men Arsenal look at as possible successors, only Unai Emery has any type of managerial experience at Arsenal.

With current Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger officially stepping down at the end of the season, speculation has already begun about the job, with former Arsenal star Patrick Vieira, ex-Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini and former Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola among those linked with the managerial role. (Arsenal’s intended new manager will be named on Monday, June 18, 2018).

Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce, Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson and ex-Manchester United manager David Moyes have also been mentioned as possible candidates, but all have been linked with other clubs this week.

On Friday, while talking with Sky Sports, Unai Emery said that he had not spoken to Arsenal but that “anything is possible”. “My family is very happy in Turkey. I have no other plan to tell you,” he said. “Only the fans and the club know what will happen. We’re waiting.”

Emery told Sky Sports’ Goal: “I don’t want to talk about anything. I’m leaving on Monday and then we have to talk about what will happen. I am still busy.”

Eriksson, who worked under Wenger for four years and was Arsenal manager from 2001-04, suggested he could be the next manager of the club.

“They are considering me,” Eriksson said. “But first, they have to speak to the fans. I worked well with Arsene. He is one of the greats.

“I’m not young any more. I would be the answer to any questions. He [Wenger] knows me very well. I’ve always said good things about him. I think the club would also like me,” he added.

Eriksson thinks Emery could be the man Arsenal want to succeed Wenger, saying: “I think Unai Emery could be the next Wenger.

“I know a few football people who know Unai. They tell me he is a very smart man and will get the best out of all the players.”

Reacting to Emery’s potential appointment, French football journalist Jerome Champagne tweeted: “Arsenal have found their next coach! Unai Emery, according to @JohnParrillaz and me.”

Arsenal have found their next coach! Unai Emery, according to @JohnParrillaz and me. 🔟👌🏼 — Jerome Champagne (@ChampagneJ) May 18, 2018

Arsenal will decide on Monday whether to pursue Emery as their new manager.

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