Arsenal considering Spanish manager as Freddie Ljungberg replacement

Speculation is currently rife over who Gunners will appoint as Unai Emery’s long-term successor, with a report claiming Marcelino is in Arsenal amid rumours linking him with the job. Arsenal opted to sack the Spanish manager last month and appointed club legend Freddie Ljungberg as interim boss.

Things haven’t gone good for them since that decision was made as they’ve been held by Norwich City and lost to Brighton at home last time out. In turn, the search for a new coach may have been speeded up with a solution needed sooner rather than later to ensure that they can still salvage something from this season.

There is a possible hint that they could be set for negotiations with a target, as with speculation linking Marcelino with the Gunners job, it has now been claimed that he has been spotted in Emirates which could be an indication that potential negotiations with Arsenal or another club based in England for his next job are planned.

The 54-year-old manager has enjoyed a string of jobs with the top clubs in Spain in recent years, having had spells with Sevilla, Villarreal and Valencia. He won the Best Coach award in La Liga in the 2017/18 season, while he then led Valencia to the Copa del Rey last campaign.

With that in mind, Marcelino perhaps has the credentials to be considered a genuine solution for Gunners as they look for a coach capable of bringing experience to the table to steady the ship and get them back on track to achieve their objectives.