Paul Merson has named three top candidates to replace Spaniard

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Paul Merson has named Nuno Espirito Santo, Brendan Rodgers and Mauricio Pochettino as three top candidates to replace Unai Emery at Arsenal.

The Gunners are seeking for a new manager after parting ways with former PSG and Sevilla boss Unai Emery on Friday.

Much was expected of Unai Emery before his arrival in north London but he leaves the club with Arsenal sitting eighth in the Premier League and without a win in seven games.

Former Arsenal star Freddie Ljungberg has been placed in temporary charge of Arsenal, but Paul Merson believes either Mauricio Pochettino, Brendan Rodgers or Nuno Espirito Santo should get the job on a full-time basis.

Mauricio Pochettino is one of the most respected managers in Europe and largely affected at Tottenham before his surprise sacking earlier in the month.

Former Liverpool and Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers is working wonders at Leicester City, and Nuno is doing an equally impressive job at Wolves.

‘Arsenal should go for Mauricio Pochettino or Brendan Rodgers now they’ve finally put Unai Emery out of his misery,’ Merson told Starsport.

‘I’m all for Rodgers getting the job. He’s a proven coach. He improves players – and these players need to be improved!

‘I like Nuno Espirito Santo at Wolves as well. And Pochettino is a top manager who is out of work and available. He might be tempted.

‘They just have to make sure they get this appointment right because it’s a crucial decision that will decide Arsenal’s future.

‘But who are the football people making that decision? Where are they are? That’s what worries me. Can you trust them?

‘Emery is probably relieved. He looked lost. I don’t think he knew what he was doing. I think he had lost confidence and was making bad decisions.’