Charlie Nicholas reveals his major concern about Mauricio Pochettino managing Arsenal

Mauricio Pochettino and Unai Emery during Tottenham's clash with Arsenal last December
Mauricio Pochettino is reportedly being eyed as a replacement for Unai Emery at Arsenal (Picture: Getty)

Charlie Nicholas is not convinced that Mauricio Pochettino would be able to improve the current Arsenal side and says the Argentine’s lack of silverware remains a concern.

The Gunners are languishing down in eighth in the Premier League following Saturday’s 2-2 draw at home to Southampton and Unai Emery has reportedly been given three games to save his job.

Pochettino, who was dismissed by Tottenham last week, has emerged as a potential candidate to take over from Emery in the red half of north London.

Manchester City assistant Mikel Arteta and ex-Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri are also being considered by Arsenal chiefs.

While Pochettino led Spurs to four successive top-four finishes and the Champions League final last term, Nicholas has reservations considering the 47-year-old’s lack of trophies.

‘Of course, he is a top-quality coach. We did it with Sol Campbell in the past and we know what mayhem that created,’ the ex-Arsenal forward told Sky Sports.

‘This would be even more. He improved Spurs dramatically and got them to the top four and the Champions League final.

‘The question mark beside him is that he didn’t win any prizes. They didn’t always get results against the rest of the top six so that’s a question mark too.

‘Would he improve this Arsenal side? I am not so sure. I think it needs a rebuild defensively right from the centre backs.’

Lacazette late equaliser against Southampton salvaged a draw for Arsenal
Lacazette late equaliser against Southampton salvaged a draw for Arsenal (Picture: Getty)

Nicholas has ‘sympathy’ for Emery but insists the Spaniard must take responsibility for Arsenal’s dismal run of form.

Asked whether Emery’s days as Arsenal manager are numbered, Nicholas replied: ‘It definitely feels that way.

‘After 21 years of Arsene Wenger, it is hard to look at a manager leaving after 18 months and think he has had enough time but it is not so much the time frame on it, it is the lack of improvement.

‘They did spend a fair amount of money. Probably in the wrong positions in my opinion. Kieran Tierney has come in and it has taken him ages to get fit, so he will need time to settle. Hector Bellerin has been out. The centre-back position has been poor. Then there’s the lack of protectors in midfield.

‘I have sympathy with him. But we all know that this is a results business and that’s down to the manager. If he doesn’t get results, his time will be up and the fans are starting to get angry now.

‘When the anger comes to Arsenal, then the thoughts turn to the board. And when the board are shaking a little bit then they have a decision to make.

‘Who will make the decision? It is a committee of four or five people.

‘There are different people involved and it seems even they are confused about it. Arsenal have no leaders on the pitch and no leaders upstairs.’

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