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Three managers who could succeed Arsene Wenger as Arsenal boss

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It's that time of the season again - 'squeaky bum time' as Sir Alex Ferguson used to call it.

Yes, the business end of the campaign is approaching and for the last couple of years, Arsenal fans have pointed to FA Cup success as a sign their side is progressing.

However, a dismal defeat to Watford in this year's competition - alongside a woeful Premier League collapse and exit from the Champions League - suggests no such silverware will be arriving at the Emirates this campaign, but for a miracle.

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As a result, manager Arsene Wenger has been forced to answer questions about his future despite repeatedly reiterating his committment to Arsenal.

It would come as a huge shock if he parted ways this summer, but stranger things have happened in football - and if the Frenchman does decide to quit or gets sacked, here are three candidates to replace him.

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RONALD KOEMAN

Ronald Koeman is a man who would need no introduction to Arsenal fans having helped cement Southampton as one of the Premier League's most exciting sides.

Following the departure of Mauricio Pochettino in 2014, alongside a mass exodus of players, the Saints were widely expected to sink and struggle in England's top-flight, yet Koeman exceeded all expectation and steered his side to an eighth-placed finish.

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Southampton are currently seventh and vying for a Europa League spot, with Koeman emerging one of the best managers in the Premier League.

The 53-year-old is vastly experienced having managed at Ajax, Benfica and Valencia, so taking on the role of Arsenal boss would unlikely faze him - his footballing philosophies would be a perfect match too.

MANUEL PELLEGRINI

In many ways, Manuel Pellegrini is South America's answer to Wenger. Both the Chilean and Frenchman opt for fast, attacking football but have often been criticised for failing to be proactive and alter their tactics when facing superior opposition.

However, whilst Pellegrini’s European record with Manchester City is questionable, he won the Premier League in his first season at the Etihad and finished second the following campaign - something Wenger hasn't managed since 2005.

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The 62-year-old has proved he has the credentials to win silverware and considering Wenger hasn't won the English crown in almost 12 years, Arsenal could do a lot worse than enquiring into his availability.

UNAI EMERY

Unai Emery may have only been manager of Sevilla since 2013, but during that time he has already achieved a great deal of success.

The Spaniard has kept Los Rojiblancos in-and-around the European places in La Liga whilst maintaining focus on the Europa League, which Sevilla have won in two successive seasons and have a good chance of winning once again this campaign.

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The Spanish outfit operate at a level above their wage bracket and if Emery was given vast financial backing from a side like Arsenal, the results could be magnificent.

Under the 44-year-old's reign, Sevilla have turned the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan into a fortress; their home form is comparable to that of Barcelona and Real Madrid's.

The guile shown by Emery is reminiscent of Wenger as a budding manager and would go a long way to bringing major trophies back to the Emirates.

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