Journalist reveals Arsenal are interested in PL boss who turned down Spurs 

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Journalist Ian McGarry has revealed that Arsenal are looking at Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers, who turned down the chance to join Tottenham this summer, as a potential replacement for Mikel Arteta.

It took Tottenham 72 days after sacking Jose Mourinho to confirm Nuno Espirito Santo as their new head coach – a record interval for a Premier League club.

In that time, the Lilywhites were linked with several names, including Rodgers, who has excelled since replacing Claude Puel at Leicester in February of 2019.

However, the Northern Irish coach distanced himself from the Spurs hot-seat, declaring his intention to continue with his project at the King Power Stadium.

McGarry has now revealed that Tottenham’s North London rivals, Arsenal, could make a move for Rodgers as pressure continues to pile on Mikel Arteta after the Gunners’ poor start to the campaign.

The journalist named the 48-year-old and Christophe Galtier, who left Lille to join Nice in the summer, as the two names on Arsenal’s radar.

He said on the Transfer Window Podcast (10/09/21): “It is again our information that Arsenal have begun to look at possibilities in terms of replacing Arteta. 

“Christophe Galtier, who of course won the Ligue 1 title with Lille and has since moved to Nice is being considered. 

“Brendan Rodgers who turned down the opportunity to join Tottenham, is also someone they’re looking at.”

Spurs Web Opinion 

Spurs found out over the summer how difficult it is to attract top managers when the club are not in the Champions League. 

Arsenal are in a similar position to Tottenham (if not worse) as they are a long way behind the top sides in the league and do not have the finances of City, Chelsea or United to close the gap quickly.

So, I would be extremely surprised if they were able to attract a Conte or a Rodgers. They might have little choice but to go for another ‘project’ manager like Graham Potter.

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