As per a report from ESPN, Arsenal have held talks with former Valencia boss Marcelino, over the club’s vacant managerial post.
The situation surrounding the hotseat at the Emirates stadium has proven one of the main talking points throughout the European football media over the last two weeks.
This comes after a disastrous opening to the campaign, culminating in a 7-game winless streak across all competitions, eventually cost Unai Emery his job in north London late last month.
Club statement: Unai Emery
— Arsenal (@Arsenal) November 29, 2019
Club legend Freddie Ljungberg was subsequently appointed interim Arsenal boss, with the reliable David Ornstein having confirmed last week that the possibility of the Swede being handed the role on a permanent basis couldn’t be ruled out:
Ornstein: ‘Freddie Ljungberg stands a chance, don’t know how big a chance. I do think it will be an external candidate and I do think that despite not being in a huge rush or panic, they will look to do it sooner rather than later’
— Z (@ZR_7G1) December 3, 2019
Ljungberg has since gone on to guide Arsenal to 1 draw, 1 defeat and 1 win in his 3 fixtures in charge of his former club, with his first 3-point haul having come last night, at capital rivals West Ham.
Marcelino an option
Nevertheless, though, the widespread assumption remains that the Arsenal hierarchy will opt to appoint an alternative tactician as the club’s new permanent boss over the coming weeks.
The favourite among most circles, meanwhile, stands as former Gunners star Mikel Arteta.
— Matt Law (@Matt_Law_DT) December 7, 2019
But, as per the aforementioned report from ESPN this morning, another candidate not named above is said to have held discussions with the Arsenal board this week over the possibility of taking up the reins at the Emirates.
The individual in question? Marcelino.
54-year-old tactician Marcelino, full name Marcelino Garcia Toral, has managed Sevilla, Villarreal and Valencia over recent years.
His most recent managerial post came at the Mestalla, where the Spaniard was relieved of his duties after almost two-and-a-half years this past September.
ESPN claim that Marcelino is extremely keen on the Arsenal job, after holding initial talks over the position this week.
Crucially, though, it is added that:
‘Sources close to the 54-year-old told ESPN that Marcelino is not optimistic about being offered the job, believing being Spanish may be a disadvantage as Arsenal look to replace his compatriot Unai Emery.’
Marcelino Garcia Toral has held talks with Arsenal and is keen on becoming their next manager, sources have told ESPN. pic.twitter.com/ggeMslOdce
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) December 10, 2019