Martin Keown believes Arsenal should be ‘seriously considering’ replacing under-fire manager Unai Emery with ex-Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino.
Spurs sacked Pochettino earlier this week after five years in charge of the North London club, the Argentine being swiftly replaced by Jose Mourinho following the club’s disappointing start to the new season.
Arsenal have similarly endured an underwhelming start and the pressure has begun to mount on Emery following the club’s indifferent form, and whilst Keown insists there is no need to panic just yet, he believes the club should be giving serious consideration to the possibility of trying to tempt Pochettino to the Emirates.
“There’s no need to panic at Arsenal, we are getting close to panic by the way, because we’re not having the best of seasons, but the powers that be at the top of the club should be seriously considering Pochettino,” Keown told the Daily Mail.
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“I have a lot of admiration for what he did at Tottenham, the way he nurtured those young players and he didn’t spend a great deal of money.
“I don’t think Tottenham spent enough.”
Keown believes Tottenham may have made a mistake in sacking Pochettino despite the club’s recent form, the 47-year-old departing the club less than six months after guiding Spurs to a first ever Champions League final.
“I would have stayed with Pochettino,” he added. “I think he deserved that. I think it’s a hugely significant sacking. You’re going to have managers now looking over their shoulders.
“I know the poor record he has recently, I know it all but I still would have given him another chance. I don’t like the way Tottenham have done it.
“There will be a lot of chairmen looking at him now. Manchester United wanted him this time last year. I think Arsenal would have to be interested if they want to take a step forward.”