Revealed: The Two Favorites As Arsenal Finalize Search For New Head Coach

Arsenal is currently on a managerial hunt after the sack of Unai Emery last month. The Spaniard was shown the door after 18 months in charge in which he won no trophies and failed to finish in the top four, missing out on a champions league spot.

Club legend and former invincible Freddie Ljungberg is currently the head coach as an interim as Arsenal take time to find the next head coach.

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Various managers have been linked to the job and indeed interviewed by the Arsenal board. Marcelino Garcia who was with Valencia, Nuno Espritino of Wolves and former Wigan manager Roberto Martinez are some of the names linked.

However, reports from the London press point to the Arsenal hierarchy narrowing the managerial shortlist to two names. Interestingly, the two names are former Arsenal captain who won trophies at the club.

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The first is the captain to the last title-winning Arsenal team Patrick Vieira. He is the current head coach for Ligue 1 side OGC Nice. Viera is in his second season at the club. In his first season, he guided the team to a 7th place finish. It is still not clear as to whether he would be open to the job.

The second and last name on the list is Manchester City assistant manager Mikel Arteta. The Spaniard is a key figure to the team that has won two Premier League titles in a row.

He has a good football education as he grew up at the fame Barcelona La Masia academy alongside the likes of Carlos Puyol and Xavi Hernandez. Arteta was also the favorite to replace Arsene Wenger in 2018 before Unai Emery was appointed.

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