Roberto Martinez and Ronald Koeman have emerged as surprise candidates to become the next Arsenal manager, on sports betting website Betfair.
Arsene Wenger is enduring his worst period at the club since he arrived 18 years ago and speculation has intensified over his future, with Arsenal 8th in the Premier League and 15 points behind leaders Chelsea.
Koeman has won plenty of admirers since replacing Mauricio Pochettino at the St Mary’s Stadium, having guided Southampton to 2nd in the league despite being forced to sell most of their key players during the summer.
Being able to cope after selling star names is something Arsenal have notoriously struggled with for over ten years. Koeman has also got the Saints playing a very attractive style, which is being considered by the Arsenal board as an important aspect of any incoming manager.
Hence why current Everton boss Martinez is also being considered. It is not the first time the Spaniard has been linked with the job but he continues to improve and develop his style.
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He led Everton to their highest points tally in the Premier League in his first season on Mersyside. The five-year contract he signed at the end of last year could prove to be a slight stumbling block were Arsenal to make a move however, as he is thought of very highly by chairman Bill Kenwright.
According to Betfair they are both valued at 12/1 to be Wenger’s successor. Ex-Chelsea coach Paul Clement also remains in contention despite never having managed a team before. Wenger is said to rate him very highly and odds of 10/1 would suggest he might not be the most surprising appointment.
The clear favourite though remains Jurgen Klopp. The Borussia Dortmund coach has gone on record to say how much he would like to manage in England and the Emirates stadium looks like his most likely destination. 4/1 with Betfair suggests the German would be interested in the move.
Klopp will be in the dug out at the Emirates on Wednesday, unfortunately for Gunners’ supporters it will be the away one, as his initial focus will be defeating Arsenal to maintain Dortmund’s 100% record in the Champions League this season.