Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira appears to be the bookies favourite to take over at the Emirates Stadium following the sacking of Unai Emery last week.
The former Gunners and French midfielder won three Premier League titles and three FA Cups with Arsenal, as well as the World Cup and European Championship for his national side and has had spells as manager of New York City FC and Nice in Ligue 1.
And after several days of speculation, the market appears to be leaning in his direction. BetVictor have shortened the odds on Vieira to 2/1 although he remains at around 5/1 with most other bookies. That’s the same price as the current interim manager, Freddie Ljungberg, although the Swede’s odds have been drifting after two unconvincing performances from the team under his tenure.
Massimiliano Allegri, the former Juventus manager remains prominent in the betting, along with another former Arsenal player Mikel Arteta, and there has also been some money for former Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino and for Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe.
But two former contenders appear to be out of the running. Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers had been among the favourites, but made it clear earlier this week that he had no intention of leaving the Foxes, while the current Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo has also been drifting and is now generally rated as a 20/1 shot among UK bookmakers.
Whoever does take the job faces a steep learning curve. The Gunners are tenth in the Premier League, 10 points off the Champions League places. They are also without a win in any competition since October 24 and their last Premier League win came on October 6.