Speculation over Mikel Arteta’s future intensifies after Arsenal left the Europa League on Thursday night.
The Gunners crashed in the semifinals with a 0-0 draw against Villarreal, losing 2-1 on aggregate, as their former coach Unai Emery returned to haunt them.
There have been calls for Arteta to go with the destined club without European football for the first time in 25 years.
One hapless Gooner even told Sports Bar that the Spaniard should be replaced by Arsene Wenger until the end of the season.
If he does, the rumor will overdrive on who the club should choose to replace him.
Former Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri is the current favorite as Arsenal’s next manager, according to Betfair, with Brendan Rodgers also in contention.
Rodgers has done a brilliant job with Leicester and there may be reluctance to leave the project at the East Midlands club.
Rafa Benitez, Invincibles legend Patrick Vieira and Atletico Madrid head coach Diego Simone are all 10/1 shots, according to the bookmaker.
Odds of next Arsenal manager
Massimiliano Allegri – 5/13
Brendan Rodgers – 3/1
Rafa Benitez – 10/1
Patrick Vieira – 10/1
Diego Simone – 1/10
Eddie Howe – 11/1
Ralph Hassenhuttl – 11/1
Freddie Ljungberg – 16/1
Sol Campbell – 17/1
Steven Gerrard – 17/1
Arsene Wenger – 40/1
Sam Allardyce – 50/1
* All Betfair odds
The writing may be on the wall for Arteta with many fans and former players calling him to go, even though he won the FA Cup last season.
It has been a dismal season where Arsenal have to fight to even finish in the top ten.
Speaking on talkSPORT Breakfast, Trevor Sinclair said: “Even if you want him to be successful as a young manager, he has already brought a trophy to the football club, which for me is one of the main reasons for which he still has a job.
“You just have to look at the performances and the lack of consistency and probably the lack of discipline since he’s been in charge.
“It was just a little disappointing. Arsenal fans wanted to welcome him back to the club as a success.
“I think he had a fantastic apprenticeship with Pep Guardiola, but this job is way too big.
The exit from the Europa League may be the breaking point with angry Arsenal fans gathering outside the stadium after the game.
TalkSPORT reporter Alex Crook tweeted that the UAE has been locked out.
He wrote: “We were locked in the parking lot like a handful of #AFC fans stormed the entrance.
“I saw the fans screaming through the squad coach’s gates as I was leaving too.”