Potential Unai Emery replacements – Marcelo Bielsa: The pros and cons

Marcelo Bielsa may be too enigmatic and volatile to manage Arsenal.

From Pep Guardiola to Mauricio Pochettino many of the world’s best coaches have learnt their style of management from Marcelo Bielsa.

The enigmatic Argentinean is currently the head coach at Championship side Leeds United who are just two points off the top in third position.


Bielsa remains a manager that is not afraid to play the game his way, he is also one of the hardest working managers in the world and would go through any length to achieve victory, like the Spygate scandal of last season.

The 64-year-old has managed some of the world’s best teams across continents and he could be the person to spark new life into Arsenal.

One thing that Bielsa’s teams are characterized with is a high-intensity pressing game that is unique and different from that of other managers.

He has also shown that he can manage both senior and young players after taking Arsenal’s Eddie Nketiah on and developed him as an impact substitute.


While Bielsa’s teams usually play some high tempo and exhilarating kind of football, he hasn’t won as many trophies as one would feel he should have won.

He hasn’t won a trophy in Europe as a manager despite having been in charge of some of the continents best sides.

Bielsa’s enigmatic nature also makes him a difficult character and the number of controversies that follows him makes him a manager to avoid for the top European clubs.

Bielsa also tends to walk out on teams when things are not going the way he wants them to go and Arsenal cannot afford to name a manager that is that unpredictable right now.

This is the eighteenth in a series of articles that I will be doing and all words are my own perception and opinion.


  1. gotanidea says:

    He could be a good option

  2. Sean Williams says:

    Sorry but Bielsa is not the right man, just another second rate manager. Chelsea have always been manager aware. Seeing Lampard do so well with so little transfer movement. Maybe Stephen Gerrard or better Brendan Rogers could suit us. What saddens me is that Unai Emery should go NOW. Why do clubs wait till it gets worse and worse. C’mon Venkateshambles, Sanllehimumbles and Edutumbles…wakie wakie….be tough be quick. We are wasting time with Emery.

  3. Innit says:

    NO Thank you
    Not good enough

    1. Phil says:

      I’m with you all the way on this @innit. The last thing we need is some second rate Manager who has a CV that highlights nothing but relegation and The Sack at every Club he has managed.
      Makes me wonder why you had Mick McCarthy in your list of potential replacements for Emery.

      1. Morteza Ghasemi says:

        Second rate???? Marcelo Bielsa????? Regelation????? bro go and check his CV again. he is the man who builds great teams with almost nothing. Even the guy who has written this article doesnt know Bielsa well.

  4. Uchman says:

    The truth is that marcelo biesla is better than 80% of coaches currently in EPL, I will take him over emery asap, one of football purists,I beleliev he will get us playing good football again will surely calm tensions @ the Emirates,my choice remains Juan Niglesman, Arteta,Freddy, and matersaker!

  5. Declan says:

    Congrats on this excellent series AdMart, it gives a good insight into lots of very good managers out there and I had forgotten about Bielsa, who is indeed a well respected first rate coach. Apart from someone who believes in expansive entertaining football, a coach needs to be a good communicator for which Emery doesn’t tick any of those boxes, as don’t Enrique, Allegri and Gerrard (eck eck 🤭).

    1. Diogenes says:

      Someone above actually suggested Steven Gerrard as a better option than Bielsa.


      I would prefer Bielsa to many options we’ve been linked with. So he may walk out. So what? By then more classy managers would be available… Not in my top 3 or even 5 choices for sure, but not a totally foolish choice – like Gerrard.

  6. Patrick Muli says:

    The best coach for Arsenal at the moment should be Erik ten Hag

  7. Break-on-through says:

    There’s not a wealth of options though, is there. The right man is going to be someone who can eventually go toe to toe with Liv and City, at the moment it seems like fans might want a punt like Arteta, and that’s just because he’s training with Pep, where’s the last guy that trained with Pep and how well is he doing. I think I’d go for Howe, and that’s because he played good football with inferior players v bigger sides. Pundit’s like him too, and that might keep them from saying a lot of the stuff they usually say, we might be less of a target during dry spells. The FA would love to see an English guy topple the foreign imports, you never know, it might hold some advantage. I get an impression from Howe that if we have a coach who’s good at defensive play/tactics, that he’s humble enough to use that knowledge. He’d be my pick. I think Rodgers might be at the top of most others list.

    1. Declan says:

      Loads out there better than Emery.

    2. Diogenes says:

      Tito Vilanova was Pep’s assistant at Barca before replacing him.

      In his first and only season (due to illness) he won La Liga.

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