Arsenal looking at making a move for another Spanish manager

Arsenal may stick with their Spanish connection as they look to replace Unai Emery.

Arsenal’s search for a new manager has taken them to Spain and they might be naming the former Valencia manager, Marcelino Garcia Toral as their new manager.

The Gunners have been looking for a new manager after they fired Unai Emery last week. The Spaniard was unable to turn things around and the board reluctantly let him go.

Raúl Sanllehí, head of football at Arsenal, has deep connections in his homeland and it is not really a surprise that he is looking there in his search for a new permanent manager.

For now, they have named Freddie Ljungberg as their interim manager as they look to get their season back on track.

They have several managers in their sight and Marcelino has become the latest to be added to the list.

The Spaniard won the Copa Del Rey with Valencia last season as they beat Barcelona in the final, he also helped them qualify for the Champions League in back to back seasons.

He fell out with the club’s owner, Peter Lim this season and was fired.

The Daily Mail claims that Marcelino is a target for Arsenal as well as Everton whose manager is also under pressure on Merseyside.

The report claims that Sanllehi spoke to Toral about the job in 2018 before it was handed over to Emery.

Ljungberg drew his first game as Arsenal’s manager on Sunday against Norwich City. However, if the Swede gets a good run of results and helps the team back to form, he might be allowed to keep the job until the end of the season.


  1. Vlad the impaler says:

    I think until arsenal plc get their act togather and become a serious arsenal FC, I’ll take a hiatus…not got support any other club ’cause I ain’t plastic however in supporting this “football club” I am starting to feel like Charlie brown and Arsenal plc is Lucy that keeps pulling football away …..there are nothing but false Dawn’s, promises, deceptions, non-transparencies and insidious rot at this plc that used to be a proper football club. It’s sad it’s almost like coming to terms with the fact that the entity that one loved has had cancer and was dying for a long time and now its almost gone one has to accept it!!!!

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  2. gotanidea says:

    I don’t think Arsenal would want to anger their fans by hiring an unpopular manager

    I predict the new manager would be one of the unemployed high profile ones

  3. Tommogun58 says:

    well said Vlad.

  4. McLovin says:

    High profile managers available:

    Pocchettino, Allegri, Rangnick, Blanc

    Who will it be?

    1. Diogenes says:

      I don’t think Rangnick is more high profile than Marcelino. Blanc not anymore either, so you can still add Marcelino to that list.

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    2. Akan says:

      Two things jumping out this season 1. We now know how important Koscelney was to Arsenal’s defence and 2. The needs to get rid of Raul Sanllehi. The man is Spanish and fails to see that Spanish style football and Spanish managers, who will insist on filling the team with cast offs from the Spanish league, are not going to work for us. The English premier league demands athletic players in the key positions and not many Spanish players, if any, are built that way

  5. Grandad says:

    Rodri of Man City is a physically powerful, athletic defensive midfielder Akan, and he is Spanish.

    1. Diogenes says:

      Prem has quite a few of Spanish players who are athletic enough for their positions: Bellerin, Rodri, David Silva, Deulofeu. Of course many are not, but how many Spanish players have been bought while Raul is in charge?

      Also, the Portuguese players at Wolves are doing okay. Why shouldn’t Spanish?

      I agree, though, that Spain’s best are central and attacking midfielders and that’s where we should benefit from.

      And let’s not forget that Arsenal’s ‘managers’ are now coaches – they won’t be signing players.

  6. Le Coq Monster says:

    And of course Carles Puyol was a pansy !

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