Arsenal’s reported shortlist of candidates to replace Unai Emery on a permanent basis is believed to consist of up to a dozen names.
That’s quite a short list if you’re doing the weekly shopping, but pretty long when it comes to choosing a new head coach.
One of the names that is definitely on it is Valencia manager, Marcelino, who would definitely be interested in the job, but Arseblog News understands he is not especially confident about his chances.
The 54 year old has plenty of experience in Spain, beginning his managerial career in 1997 with Lealtad, and since then has had spells at Sporting Gijon, Recreativo, Racing Santander, Zaragoza, Sevilla, Villarreal and Valencia where he took over in 2017.
He was in charge of them last season when Arsenal ran riot at the Mestalla, running out 7-3 winners on our way to the Europa League final in Baku.
The language may be an issue again, and with at least 11 other names for Arsenal’s Football Executive Committee to consider, he’s very much an outsider.
Meanwhile, Freddie Ljungberg is preparing to take charge of his first home game as the Gunners face Brighton at the Emirates tomorrow night.