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Potential Consequences: Arsenal and Mauricio Pochettino

This article forms part of our Transfer Scenario feature, which is where Football Transfer Tavern takes a look at a recent transfer rumour and suggests what the potential consequences would be, should a deal be completed.

With Mauricio Pochettino having left Tottenham Hotspur, perhaps it was only a matter of time before some former player or coach linked him with the manager’s job at Arsenal.

Up stepped Harry Redknapp, the former Spurs manager no less. He said that the Arsenal fans would love him if the Argentine took charge of the Gunners as long as he did a good job (via talkSPORT).

Unai Emery has come under pressure after failing to win any of his last five games in all competitions. It has left the club sitting a mammoth eight points off a top-four place with just 12 Premier League games gone.

So, what would be the implications should Pochettino replace the Basque-born coach in the hot-seat at the Emirates Stadium?

The players may bust a gut for Pochettino

Take a look at the last Arsenal game, and you begin to a worrying lack of heart and desire from the players. There doesn’t seem to be much passion or confidence in playing for the manager, with reports from the Independent previously suggesting sections of the dressing room were losing faith in the Spaniard.

Arsenal went down with a whimper in their last loss away to Leicester City, showing the clear lack of confidence in Emery’s instructions. The Foxes has a massive 19 shots to Arsenal’s eight, with Emery’s side not having a single shot after the 53rd minute (via WhoScored).

If the players were truly playing for the manager, would they be struggling to create an attempt at goal with a trio of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette and Mesut Ozil on the pitch?

Now compare and contrast that to what happened with Spurs during their Champions League run last season. Three goals down with just a second-half to go before the Lilywhites surrendered a place in the final of Europe’s premier competition. After all, you only have to look at the messages from the likes of Harry Kane and Dele Alli after his sacking to see the connection he can foster with players.

Premier League experience

If you look at the list of names linked with the job in the red half of north London, there’s a scarce amount of experience in the English top-flight among it.

Mikel Arteta and Freddie Ljungberg have both been linked yet have no experience in senior management. Meanwhile, a big name like Massimiliano Allegri has been linked with the job, however, has yet to manage outside of his native Italy.

Then you get to Pochettino, who despite being sacked has built up quite the reputation in England. There were two consecutive seasons where Tottenham finished second in the league, showing their quality under the Argentine.

In all the 47-year-old has managed in 256 matches in the English league, winning 132 of them at a rate of 1.79 points per game. More impressively, he has averaged over 1.5 goals in those games and conceded just over one goal per game (via Transfermarkt).

Arsenal fans, would you take Pochettino as Emery’s replacement? Let us know your thoughts!

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Potential Consequences: Arsenal and Mauricio Pochettino
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