Next Arsenal Manager Odds and Ratings

Next Arsenal Manager Odds and Ratings

In the biggest breaking news of this Friday morning, Unai Emery became the 23rd managerial casualty of the season.

The Arsenal boss was sacked after failing to pick up a win his his last seven games, with the Gunners embarking on their worst run of results since 1995. Such form made this sacking inevitable, with many of the club’s fans demanding for his dismissal since the end of last season.

Inevitably, social media has been bombarded with rumours, speculation and betting odds around who the next Arsenal manager should be. We’ve looked into Paddy Power’s prices and given our own opinion on the matter. Please note, these odds are subject to change.

Freddie Ljungberg – 2/1

OC rating – 5/10

Freddie Ljungberg has started off as one of clear favourites to take over from Emery on a permanent basis, with the Swedish coach stepping in as interim-manager for the weekend. The Gunners travel to struggling Norwich City on Sunday, a game where Arsenal are 5/6 favourites to get the win. It’s a good opportunity for Ljungberg to get off to a winning start, with the Canaries losing seven of their last eight.

The ex-Arsenal player returned to the club back in 2018 as an U23 coach, having also been part of the U15 setup back in 2016. He was subsequently promoted under Emery to the first team last June, paving the way for him to now take leadership of the team in the manager’s absence.

Such a move feels reminiscent to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s appointment at Manchester United, where the club are looking for a period of stability under a familiar-looking face. Should the Swede impress during his time in charge, he could give the board something to think about.

Nuno Espirito Santo – 3/1

OC rating – 7/10

One name that has been doing the rounds this morning has been Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo. Journalist Di Marzio has reported that Arsenal have been in contact with agent Jorge Mendes about the possibly of appointing the Portuguese boss, hence his relatively short price of 3/1.

Santo has been revelling in all the plaudits since taking charge of Wolves back in 2017, taking the club from the Championship into the latter stages of the Europa League. The Wanderers’ project and vision has been developing at a quick pace under the former Porto boss, with the manager being linked with various positions in the past.

Many have questioned why he would want to leave his exciting Wolves team behind, but the Gunners have to be seen as a step up in Santo’s career. He is a manager that excels in creating robust and efficient sides, a factor Arsenal are currently crying out for.

Eddie Howe – 20/1

OC rating – 8/10

The largest priced contender in our list is Eddie Howe at 20/1. Similar to Santo, the Englishman has gained praise down the years for taking his club through the ranks and establishing PL stability. Such progression with the Cherries has seen Howe be linked with big jobs in the past, including Arsenal themselves.

There is a widespread debate surrounding the Bournemouth manager amongst, arguing as to who and when he will eventually leave for. Having been in charge of the South Coast club since 2012, he is clearly very comfortable in his current position. He has the freedom to run the club from top to bottom and under his leadership, the side are virtually safe with him in charge.

When looking at Arsenal’s current squad, there are some exciting young talents, but at the same time, also very limited options to work with. The club need to grant someone time with a dedicated vision in order to rebuild this stagnated side, and Howe fits that bill to a tee. It would be an exciting appointment and one that is closely tied in with Arsenal’s valued traditions and philosophy.

Massimiliano Allegri – 2/1

OC rating – 9/10

According to Sky Sports News, Arsenal have been in contact with Massimiliano Allegri over the vacant position at the club. Of all the names on this list, his is certainly the most illustrious. The Italian has been jobless since leaving Juventus last summer, where he won an incredible five consecutive league titles. In the history of the Turin club, no man has a better win percentage than Allegri.

Whilst we can speculate and envision promising managers embarking upon a new project with Arsenal, an established figure like Allegri has to also be considered. He is a proven manager with a track record of creating winning sides, as we have seen during his time in Italy. The Gunners haven’t seriously challenged for a league title in the past decade, but the appointment of such a manger is an ambitious step forward in correcting that.

Much needs to change in North London for the club to begin competing with the likes of Manchester City and Liverpool, but not many could criticise the board for replacing Emery with a title winning manager in Allegri.

Next permanent Arsenal manager odds

Freddie Ljungberg – 2/1

Massimiliano Allegri – 2/1

Nuno Espirito Santo – 3/1

Mikel Arteta – 6/1

Mauricio Pochettino – 6/1

Eddie Howe – 20/1