Arsenal have considered Brendan Rodgers as a potential replacement for the sacked Unai Emery, according to the Independent.
Emery was dismissed as Gunners manager after a run of seven games without a win; form that had dropped them to eighth in the Premier League table.
The 2-1 loss to Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League was the final straw for the Spaniard, who has been temporarily replaced by club legend Freddie Ljungberg.
Leicester manager Rodgers has been touted as a permanent successor, but there is a general acceptance that it is impossible to get him away from the Foxes, according to the report.
He has Leicester sat second in the Premier League, eight points behind runaway leaders Liverpool and looks to have restored his reputation in England through his work with the Foxes and Celtic.
Victory over Arsenal themselves, as well as a 9-0 drubbing of Southampton, has seen Rodgers’ stock rise, but the Gunners are resigned to him staying at the King Power Stadium. Indeed, he plays an attacking brand of football as he spoke about to the FA some time ago which could fit in to the North Londoners’ tradition.
Furthermore, pundits such as Paul Merson have backed him for the post recently.
Their focus may turn to former player Mikel Arteta, currently serving as assistant head coach to Pep Guardiola at Manchester City.
The report understands that Carlo Ancelotti, Nuno Espirito Santo and Max Allegri are also on the shortlist to replace Emery at the Emirates Stadium.
A permanent replacement may be a while away, as the Gunners had planned to give Emery a run of games to get the team’s form back on track. So, given the report suggesting Rodgers would be hard to get, perhaps waiting until the end of the campaign to try and make a play for him might actually be a better idea.
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