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Arsenal legend Edu is the man charged with identifying the type of manager the club want to take charge.
And there is a growing feeling that Mauricio Pochettino would be their No.1 choice in the way he fits the brief of developing young players, his coaching, style of play and communication.
Arsenal could not get Brendan Rodgers and fear that Pochettino may not be willing to destroy his legacy at Tottenham by joining their bitter rivals. This column has been told that West Ham sounded him out – but were told no and that he is not available until the summer.
They will hope that caretaker boss Freddie Ljungberg can take charge until they get the right man in place and that may not be until the summer when Pochettino would be available after his “golden handshake” after being sacked by Spurs.
However, the leading two candidates who would be available appear to be Manchester City coach Mikel Arteta and former captain Patrick Vieira, now in charge at Nice.
Arsenal’s worst financial scenario was always being out of the Champions League for three years and they have budgeted for that but cuts are beginning to bite as they face another season in the European wilderness.