We don’t NEED to pay attention to what happens to Mauricio Pochettino now that he’s no longer the manager of Tottenham Hotspur, but when that manager who orchestrated the greatest five year stretch at the club since the 1960s is linked to an open position at Arsenal, it probably behooves us to.
And while the Gunners clearly are enamored with him (who wouldn’t be?) and have him on a list of potential candidates to succeed Unai Emery, the Telegraph writes today that Poch is being advised to reject Arsenal’s overtures and wait for a “better job.” Prime banter.
Citing “sources close to Pochettino,” the article suggests that Pochettino’s friends in football think he is likely to attract interest from a number of big clubs this summer when the managerial merry-go-round is happening in earnest. Also, the situation at Arsenal could result in players like Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette asking to leave the club if they don’t qualify for Champions League football, meaning whoever comes in could face the prospect of a significant rebuild on both sides of the ball while dealing with limited transfer funds.
I wasn’t worried about Pochettino bolting for the red side of North London before, and I’m super not worried about it now. There aren’t many indications that Arsenal is a better job than Spurs was at the moment, and could be a bit worse. The only way I can see this happening is if Pochettino whiffs on any number of big jobs that could open this summer such as Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, PSG, or Manchester United. Surely one of them will want to hire Poch before Arsenal, right?