Brentford boss Thomas Frank and Brighton manager Graham Potter have been lined up as potential replacements for Mikel Arteta at Arsenal, according to TEAMtalk.
If reports are to be believed, Pep Guardiola’s embattled protégé has just five games to save his job at the Emirates Stadium.
Fortunately, Arteta has been handed a, let’s say, winnable collection of fixtures during the next few weeks as Arsenal look to recover from their worst start to a league season in 67 years.
On Saturday, the Gunners will host the only side keeping them off the bottom of the table – Norwich City and their seemingly ‘optional’ approach to defending – before taking on Burnley and Crystal Palace.
Then again, fail to beat Norwich in front of an expectant Emirates crowd – and drop more points against mid-to-low-ranking Premier League sides – and the atmosphere will quickly turn from tense to toxic.
Frank and Potter favourites to replace Mikel Arteta at Arsenal
According to TEAMtalk, contingency plans are being drawn up in case Arteta does bite the proverbial bullet before Christmas.
And it’s understood Potter and Frank are two of the early candidates.
That may come as a surprise to Arsenal fans – many would prefer a proven, elite-level tactician such as Antonio Conte – but Potter and Frank both possess attributes Arsenal will be looking for; a commitment to exciting, attractive attacking football and a penchant for developing talent.
Potter, who was heavily linked with north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur during the summer, ticks both those boxes in indelible ink.
And while Frank may be new to the Premier League, Dean Smith’s former assistant coach showcased his tactical chops on the opening day as his Brentford side battered and bruised Arsenal into submission.
It’s not hard to imagine the likes of Emile Smith-Rowe, Albert Sambi Lokonga and Bukayo Saka going from strength to strength under two coaches who can boast a superb track record for talent development.