Arsenal ‘hold talks’ with Italian, Emery sends Torreira message, Arsenal told to sign Poch, Guardiola sends Arteta message to Arsenal

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Journalist Ian McGarry has claimed that Arsenal have made contact with former Juventus coach Max Allegri.

There has been a lot of speculation in the media over the past few days which have suggested that Unai Emery is heading towards the exit signs, heading towards a plane, and heading towards life on the un-employment line.

That has led to a lot, AND WE MEAN ALOT, of rumours in the media claiming that former Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino and MIKEL ARTETA are the two front-runners to replace Emery.

However, McGarry has opened up on the Gunners search for a new boss and claimed that Arsenal have already made initial contact with Allegri, who is now out of a job since he left Juventus at the end of last season.

HE SAID: “The representatives of former Juventus boss Max Allegri, who Duncan (Castles) revealed a few weeks ago is living in London and learning English, have been contacted by Arsenal with regards to the possibility of taking over at the Emirates.”

“We can also tell you that an unscheduled board meeting between the Arsenal directors is due to take place in the next 48 hours to discuss the current plight and the possible replacement of Emery as head coach.”

Pep Guardiola has backed Mikel Arteta to become a great manager amid speculation that Arsenal are keen.

The headlines for many Arsenal fans over the past few days have all been about the future of boss Unai Emery, who is under intense pressure from the media and even Gunners fans to pack his bags and leave the club.

The Spaniard has failed to get the club back challenging for a Premier League title, playing Champions League football and simply moving forward from the Arsene Wenger days, which many fans believed would happen with his appointment.

And that has, of course, led to a lot of speculation about whom could come in and replace the former PSG and Sevilla coach, with former Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino many fans favourites to make the shock move to the Emirates, but Arteta may now be in the running.

Arteta is believed to be keen to speak to Arsenal should they part ways with Emery, especially since he was in the frame to take the Arsenal job just a few seasons ago before the Gunners decided to hire Emery.

And although Guardiola is reluctant to lose him, as believes he is a huge asset to City, he believes that Arteta can become a top manager, telling the Metro: ‘I think for my news Unai Emery is manager for Arsenal, so…

‘Of course he [Arteta] will be a manager sooner or later. If I was in his position, as an assistant coach as young as he is, always we will have that. Now we are going to finish this season and in the future I don’t know what is going to happen.’

Guardiola continued: ‘I would like honestly for him to stay with us as long as possible. Not just Pep, Manchester City has an incredibly valuable person to work in this club for the future.

‘But personal life is personal life. Professional desires are professional, each one. Everyone, not just me, are more than satisfied to have him here, but what will happen at the end of the season I don’t know.’

Lucas Torreira has been told he has a “big future” at Arsenal as head coach Unai Emery reveals he held private sessions with the midfielder.

Torreira completed a £26million move from Sampdoria to Arsenal last summer and the 23-year-old had a promising debut season in north London, making 50 appearances in all competitions.

But so far this season the 23-year old has struggled to kick on after his great first season and has only managed to start three Premier League fixtures under the guidance of Unai Emery, with suggestion she is not happy with life in the English game.

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According to RECENT REPORTS, the current uncertainty over his place in the team, coupled with Arsenal’s poor form, could see Torreira leave the club, and the 23-year-old is aware of interest from AC Milan and has already made it clear to Arsenal that he wants them to consider any offers.

Torreira has started just four of Arsenal’s 12 Premier League fixtures this season, but despite all the speculation, Emery has claimed that the little midfielder has a bright future at the Arsenal.

“He is a good player for us, he has very big commitment and very good behaviour,” Emery said.

“He has a very big future here but he must think that he needs to improve, learn in some situations to help us to do better.

“He played well last year but this year he’s not being consistent. My challenge to him is to improve, to do better with some tactical issues on the pitch and above all be consistent.”

Paul Merson says Arsenal should look to replace Unai Emery with Mauricio Pochettino following his sacking from Tottenham,

Arsenal are on a dismal run of form, winning just one of their last eights games in all competitions, and even that was a nervy 3-2 victory over Vitoria in the Europa League.

And the result at the weekend against Southampton, in which the Gunners were lucky to get a 2-2 draw against the Saints, has led to a lot of speculation in the media over the past few days which have suggested that Emery is heading closer and closer towards the exit signs at the Emirates.

Recent reports have claimed Arsenal have begun the process of searching for replacements for Emery, although the board would prefer to hold off on making any decision until the summer.

But the reports goes on to say that Members of Arsenal’s board are fans of Pochettino and he is ‘well liked’ by key figures at the club.

Some pundits have questioned whether Pochettino would join Arsenal due to his links with Tottenham but Merson believes that the Arsenal should try and open talks with the Argentine about a possible deal.

HE TOLD SKY SPORTS: ‘Arsenal should go for Mauricio Pochettino. He’s not won anything, but he improved Tottenham over five years, tenfold. He’s a top manager and he is about at the moment.

‘I know he managed at Tottenham, but George Graham had been at Arsenal when he went the other way. You’ve got to get past that sort of stuff. These top managers don’t come along too often, where you don’t even have to pay anything for them.

‘Can I see it happening? No. Should it happen? Yes. But it won’t happen. The days of the rivalry between Arsenal and Tottenham are not what they were. When I was growing up, it was the big football match.

‘For some of these players, that’s no longer the case. It’s probably Chelsea or Manchester City or Liverpool. It’s not the highlighted fixture anymore as there’s not a lot of home-grown players in the teams.

‘You don’t have to pay compensation for him, and if you are going to bring someone in, he’s got to be better than the manager you’ve got. I still see Emery being there for a while. They had a chance to get rid of him before the international break.

‘They looked at the fixtures and saw Southampton at home, Norwich away. They thought they would win both and everything would be rosy in the garden again. But they were fortunate to draw with Southampton with some of the chances they had, and they’d lost 9-0.

‘Their confidence was low, but they never looked like they would be on a hiding. There wasn’t too much respect and they came and thought they had a chance.

‘I’m a great believer in if you keep doing the same things, you get the same results. Something needs to change. The players are not that good, but at the same time, results have to be better than what they are.

‘If you’re a football manager and you arrive at a club, the team must improve, and the results have to improve. If they don’t then you won’t be in the job for long. That was a fact when I was playing, and it will be a fact in 30 years’ time.

It’s worrying times, and with Norwich away this weekend, I think Emery will do well to get on the coach if they don’t win that game.’



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