When you look at the managerial market, the name Mauricio Pochettino stands out.
The Argentine has not returned to the shelter since leaving Tottenham just over a year ago with Manchester United and Real Madrid both linked with a move.
With Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Zinedine Zidane hanging on to their jobs, some fans have expressed a desire for the Gunners to steal a march and attempt to land Pochettino.
But the 48-year-old has already made his position clear – naming Arsenal as one of three teams he will never lead.
His ties to local rival Tottenham, whom he guided to the Champions League final in 2019, mean he has ruled out taking over the post.
Speaking in 2018, after five years at Spurs, Pochettino told reporters: “I will never be manager of Barcelona or Arsenal because I am so identified with Tottenham and Espanyol,” Pochettino told reporters. journalists.
“I grew up in Newell’s Old Boys and I will never run Rosario Central.
“It’s my decision because I prefer to work on my farm in Argentina than in some places. But my commitment is enormous in this club. I work as if I will be here forever.
“But at the end of the day it’s like the players, you never know what’s going to happen in football. There are a lot of rumors about it, about it. ”
Pochettino certainly seemed adamant he would never handle the Gunners at this point.
But he was linked with Barcelona’s post last summer before Ronald Koeman got the nod and reports claimed he would not turn them down.
And Jose Mourinho once said he will never manage Tottenham while he was Chelsea manager before replacing Pochettino in north London last year.
However, at this point Arsenal seem unlikely to pull the trigger and fire Arteta despite their miserable form.
Speaking last week, general manager Vinai Venkatesham backed the Spaniard.
“With Mikel we have a number of things,” Venkatesham said The temperature .
“You have an individual who has extraordinary experience in the Premier League through his time at Arsenal , Everton , Man City, then back to Arsenal.
“You have a guy who loves this club and understands what it means to play for this club, and he was obviously captain here. You have a guy who is a real team player. ”
“The team he formed with Edu [the technical director], as well as his technical team, is really very strong.
“You have a guy who is absolutely determined to be successful and to be successful on the pitch, but who does it in a way that respects our history and traditions.
“So I think with him we have a really very powerful individual. ”