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Brendan Rodgers on shortlist to become next Arsenal manager after Unai Emery sacking: report

Brendan Rodgers is flying high with Leicester (John Walton/PA)
Brendan Rodgers is flying high with Leicester (John Walton/PA)

Brendan Rodgers is reportedly one of the names on Arsenal's shortlist to become the club's next manager after Unai Emery's dismissal.

The Gunners axed their boss just hours after Eintracht Frankfurt won the Europa League clash at the Emirates Stadium 2-1 on Thursday evening.

It was a result that stretched the club's winless run to seven games and one that ultimately cost the 48-year-old his job.

Arsenal Under 23 coach Freddie Ljungberg has been handed interim control with three crucial Premier League games coming up next week.

However, according to Sky Sports, Leicester chief Rodgers is one of the men reportedly in the frame for the permanent job after his bright start to life back in the Premier League.

Since leaving Celtic to join the Foxes in in February, Rodgers has turned City into genuine contenders for at least a Champions League place as they currently sit in second, eight points behind early leaders Liverpool.

Rodgers was the last man to guide Liverpool to that top spot in the table, even if they did narrowly miss out on title glory in 2014.

His record of turning the Reds into title challengers, subsequent double treble with the Hoops in Scotland and stunning start with Leicester are reportedly leading Arsenal chiefs to consider him a genuine contender to take over in north London.

Whether or not the Carnlough man, however, would leave the Kingpower Stadium less than a year after taking the job remains to be seen.

When asked about the links at his Friday press conference, Rodgers indicated he is happy at Leicester.

"We’re at the beginning of something here," he said. "My relationship with the people here and the players is very strong. We think we are starting something exciting.

"Arsenal is a fantastic club. One of the greats in this country. If the people at Arsenal have moved Unai on, I’m sure they have an idea of who they want to bring in."

The other names on Arsenal's list, according to Sky Sports, are bookies favourite Massimiliano Allegri, Manchester City assistant Mikel Arteta, Napoli's Carlo Ancelotti and Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo.

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