Two more exciting bosses on Arsenal radar, according to informed source

Date published: Saturday 11th September 2021 7:54 - Matthew Briggs

Christophe Galtier Nice press conference September 2021

Arsenal are understood to be casting their net far and wide as they look at potential alternatives to Mikel Arteta.

The Gunners’ poor start to the season – which has been buoyed by Saturday’s 1-0 win over Norwich – has led to speculation that Arteta could be on borrowed time at The Emirates.

Three defeats in their first three games left Arteta feeling the heat and he acknowledged the need for a “reaction” against Norwich, which he got.

Arteta, speaking to the BBC ahead of Saturday’s clash with the Canaries, said: “We certainly need a reaction, we need results, we lost three games and certain things have to be changed. We changed personnel and we changed dynamic for different reasons, let’s go for it.

“I cannot ask for anything from the fans, I think it is time for us to give to the fans. Through the years they have been really patient. They have to feel what they have to give the team.”

And while Arteta rang the changes against Norwich, with Takehiro Tomiyasu and Aaron Ramsdale two of seven new faces from the 5-0 loss at Manchester City. Speculation has been raging over who may replace Arteta.

TEAMtalk revealed on Friday that Brighton boss Graham Potter and Brentford chief Thomas Frank have emerged as potential head coaching candidates for Arsenal.

Arteta is firm favourite in the Premier League sack race to be first out of the door.

 

But now, speaking on the Transfer Window Podcast, Ian McGarry says Arsenal are looking at Christophe Galtier and Brendan Rodgers as possible options.

Rodgers has done a fine job in charge of Leicester, who have established themselves as a top-six side at Arsenal’s expense.


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Galtier in focus amid Arteta heat

The former Celtic boss led the Foxes to FA Cup glory after a 1-0 win over Chelsea at Wembley last season. Now his focus is to secure a top-four league finish for the unfashionable former Premier League winners.

The 48-year-old was one of many boss targets for Tottenham in the summer.

Rodgers, however, quickly distanced himself from the role, saying how “very, very happy” he was at Leicester.

Rodgers, who has a deal until 2025, rebuffed all interest in order to continue his work in the midlands.

Galtier, 55, meanwhile, could also be a difficult man to lure having just taken over at Nice.

Galtier guided Lille to their first Ligue 1 title in 10 years, but resigned in the summer with his “time up”.

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