BRENDAN RODGERS has distanced himself from the Arsenal job – but former Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino is said to be willing to consider a stunning switch to the Emirates.
However, Arsenal will need to open their chequebook to attract a big name, with Freddie Ljungberg and Mikel Arteta leading the way if they choose a budget option.
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PIERRE-EMERICK AUBAMEYANG was gutted by Anthony Joshua's revelation he thinks Harry Kane would beat the Arsenal striker in a fight.
The Gunners forward was reacting to a video online in which the heavyweight was asked who he thought would win fights between some of football's biggest stars.
Joshua was shown pictures of the NorthLondon rivals and asked who would win.
And after some deliberation gave it to the Spurs man.
He said: “Ok, It's a difficult one still… but I think I'm going to go with Kane.”
MAURICIO POCHETTINO is reportedly open to taking the Arsenal job, despite previously promising he would never manage either the Gunners or Barcelona.
According to the Manchester Evening News, Poch has his heart set on managing Man Utd, but would not say no to the Gunners if they come up with a convincing offer.
A clause in the Argentine's contract reportedly says he will have to pay out £12.5m compensation to Tottenham if he takes charge of a Premier League club this season.
In 2018, Poch claimed there were three clubs he would never manage, saying: “I am never going to be manager of Barcelona or Arsenal because I am so identified with Tottenham and Espanyol.
“I grew up in Newell’s Old Boys and will never manage Rosario Central [in Argentina].
“That is my decision because I prefer to work on my farm in Argentina than in some places.”
IS CRITICISM of Arsenal's defence justified?
No, according to interim boss Freddie Ljungberg.
The Swede spoke earlier today about why he needs to be smarter about how he sets up his backline.
He told reporters: “No, I think my players try to defend.
“Of course you can have different types of players in the squad. That's just a fact, that you have different types of players.
“We've had a gameplan we've tried to execute and I want to defend. Of course we need to try to find solutions. If players are not super quick and we say, 'You've got to sprint for this or that', that's going to be difficult for that player.
“In general terms, we try to put out a structure so that everybody knows what to do. The main thing I saw in the game is that we let them get into situations where it was just a sprint.
“It was not about football or technical stuff, they just went in a competitive sprint with our player. We want to stop that.”
FREDDIE LJUNGBERG has opened the door to Arsene Wenger and Sven Goran Eriksson offering some advice on how to manage Arsenal.
The Frenchman only left the Emirates 18 months ago and now has one of his former players in charge on an interim basis.
Ljungberg said: “I really would like to speak to [Wenger].
“I haven't spoken to him, it's been a bit hectic, but that's on my list.
“Sven is very intelligent. I spoke to him a lot when he was manager of England because he was normally watching our games.
“I've seen stories in the past about how he treated players and made them feel good, so I've stolen a few of those ideas. He's a great coach and I hope I'll speak to him soon.”
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