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Why Mauricio Pochettino is ready to snub Arsenal move after Unai Emery sacking


Tottenham hero Mauricio Pochettino is ready to snub a move to Arsenal (Picture: Getty)

Former Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is prepared to snub a move to Arsenal as he holds out for a bigger job in Europe, reports say.

Pochettino, 47, has been strongly linked with a controversial move to the Emirates after Unai Emery was sacked by the Gunners.

Emery had endured a difficult 18 months at Arsenal and finally lost his job on Friday morning, with former midfielder Freddie Ljungberg placed in temporary charge of the club.

The Gunners are searching for Unai Emery’s successor (Picture: Getty)

While Arsenal are willing to take their time in search of Emery’s replacement, Pochettino has emerged as a candidate following his departure from Spurs earlier in the month.

The popular Argentine spent five seasons at Tottenham and, despite taking the club to the Champions League final last term, was sacked by Daniel Levy and replaced by Jose Mourinho.

While Pochettino has not completely ruled out the possibility of joining Arsenal, the Daily Star say a move across north London is unlikely as he is holding out for a bigger job on the continent just weeks after his Spurs exit.

Pochettino has also previously ruled out ever managing Arsenal due to his ties with arch-rivals Tottenham.

He has been linked with Bayern Munich and Real Madrid over the last 18 months and could still emerge as a target for Manchester United should they decide to remove Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Manchester City assistant Mikel Arteta, Napoli boss Carlo Ancelotti, Juventus legend Max Allegri, Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo and Gunners hero Patrick Vieira are all being linked with the Arsenal job.

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And Arsenal legend David Seaman believes his former team-mate Vieira is the ‘right man’ to replace Emery.

He told BBC Radio 5 Live: ‘I am sure Arsenal fans would love Patrick to come back to the club. Knowing Patrick, I think he would be the right man.

‘I knew what he was like as a player. I knew what he was like as a captain. He was a born leader and everybody knows that. Maybe go down that route instead of a tried and tested route.

‘This job is much bigger than what Freddie is used to at the moment.

‘He has only just got into the coaching side of the game and he will be really avant-garde as a manager but while he is taking charge now, please try and get some sort of defensive formation sorted out.’

Arsenal face Norwich City in the Premier League on Sunday.

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