Everton manager Roberto Martinez appears to have become a leading candidate to succeed Arsene Wenger in the Arsenal dugout.
According to The Daily Star, the Gunners are set to announce a new two-year deal for the Frenchman to continue his work in North London but that discussions have already been held within the club regarding Martinez as a suitable replacement.
Arsenal beat Everton 4-1 in a thrilling encounter to reach the quarter-finals of the FA Cup at the Emirates Stadium last weekend, and it is also claimed that he further displayed his credentials with his graceful reaction to a heavy scoreline that was perhaps a touch unfair on his spirited but fragile side.
Affable Spaniard Martinez has been at Everton for less than a season, but has already impressed with the excellent work he has carried out to largely keep Everton in contention for a possible European place.
Given that Martinez - at Everton and his previous roles as manager at Swansea and Wigan - has developed a reputation for instructing and coaching his teams to play attractive, aesthetically-pleasing passing football, the former midfielder would certainly seem to present a good option as the man to eventually replace Wenger at Arsenal.
However, although he always appears charming and evidently encourages his players to play the right way, Martinez can often be accused of neglecting the defensive side of things just a tad (Wigan were dreadful in this capacity) - something that could surely be of concern to the Arsenal hierarchy.
In saying that, however, a quick glance at the current Premier League table demonstrates that Everton - who host relegation-threatened Cardiff City at Goodison Park tomorrow afternoon - has conceded just 27 goals in the top-flight this season - the joint second-best defensive record alongside Manchester City.
Perhaps he is changing his ways in that regard at last.
Arsenal fans, who would you like to see succeed Wenger? Would Martinez be a good option?
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