As per a report from the Mirror, Belgian national team manager Roberto Martinez opted against holding a meeting with the Arsenal board, over the club’s 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 that the possibility of the Swede being handed the role on a permanent basis can’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 league fixtures in charge of his former club, with his first 3-point haul having come this past Monday, at capital rivals West Ham.
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.
But, as per the aforementioned report from the Mirror, another potential candidate for the post has opted to rule himself out of the running to replace Unai Emery.
The individual in question? Roberto Martinez.
It is claimed that Belgium boss Martinez, along with Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers, turned down the chance to meet with the Arsenal board, over the club’s managerial role.
This comes amid concerns that those in charge of transfers at the Emirates would not be willing to perform the type of squad overhaul that many feel is necessary in north London.