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Five managers who could replace Emery at Arsenal including Mourinho and Vieira with Spaniards odds slashed in sack race

UNAI EMERY is under increasing pressure at Arsenal after another defeat on Saturday and the queue of people seemingly ready to replace him is getting longer.

The Gunners capitulated in the second half at the King Power stadium as goals from Jamie Vardy and James Maddison gave Leicester a 2-0 win.

Unai Emery could be replaced by a whole host of names if he is sacked by Arsenal

And as a result, Emery’s sack race odds have taken yet another hit, according toLadbrokes.

The Arsenal boss now finds his team eight points off the top four, having won just four games this season while currently on a run of just one win in seven games in all competitions.

Ralph Hassenhuttl remains favourite in the betting at 6/5 for the boot next, with Mauricio Pochettino and Manuel Pellegrini 4/1 and 5/1 shots respectively.

Alex Apati ofLadbrokessaid: “We’re expecting at least one Premier League manager to get the boot during the international break with so many sides performing below par – and it looks as though Gooners might get their wish withEmerypriced so short to be the next boss to leave.”

Ladbrokes latest odds – Premier League sack race

– Ralph Hassenhuttl – 6/5

– Unai Emery – 2/1

– Mauricio Pochettino – 4/1

– Manuel Pellegrini – 5/1

– Marco Silva – 8/1

– Steve Bruce – 8/1

And there are five managers widely touted to be next in charge if Emery leaves.

Jose Mourinho

The Special One is rumoured to be keen on the Arsenal job given his fondness of London and a reported desire to manage in the Premier League again soon.

And only last week, Arsenal were said to be “actively considering” the Portuguese.

Luis Enrique

Ex-Barcelona and Spain bossEnriquewas last week linked with replacingEmeryin the Emirates hot-seat, with some news outlets claiming theNorth London side had already been in contact with the 49-year-old.

But conflicting reports also claimed the Spaniard was not interested.

Vieira has said he would one day like to manage Arsenal
Luis Enrique has reportedly been contacted by Arsenal about taking over as manager

Freddie Ljungberg

Arsenal legend Ljungberg is currently assistant manager – having managed their Under-23 side last season.

And the Athletic’s David Ornstein believes that the Swedish member of the 2003-04 invincibles is highly regarded enough as a coach to take the reigns, at least temporarily, if Emery is discarded.

He said: “Freddie is highly-rated by the players and staff, and the logical feeling is he would take temporary charge if anything happened with Emery.

“He has ‘number one’ ambitions of his own and won’t hang around somewhere for too long if he doesn’t think the opportunity will come.

Brendan Rodgers

Former Arsenal striker Paul Merson, writing for Sky Sports, recently blasted Emery and reckons Arsenal should “break the bank” to snap up Rodgers on a five-year-deal and let him “transform the club”.

Patrick Viera

Vieira led Nice to a seventh-placed finish in Ligue 1 in his first season as a manager in European football and is currently in his second term with the French club.

He also admitted to being flattered by the interest and would like to manage Arsenal one day.

Arsene Wenger is even a 16/1 shot for those of the Arsene in brigade still about.

Ladbrokes latest odds – Next permanent Arsenal manager

4/1 – Jose Mourinho

6/1 – Luis Enrique

7/1 – Freddie Ljungberg

8/1 – Mikel Arteta

10/1 – Massimiliano Allegri

12/1 – Brendan Rodgers

12/1 – Patrick Vieira

16/1 – Arsene Wenger

20/1 – Nuno Espirito Santo

25/1 – Eddie Howe

33/1 – Thierry Henry

100/1 – Tony Adams

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