Rodgers no longer favourite to replace Arteta at Arsenal, as money pours in for Howe

Former Bournemouth boss is admired and available, while England manager Gareth Southgate could also be tempted.

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is the firm favourite in the Premier League sack race, but who might the Gunners turn to to replace him?

Despite still being in the opening week of the new season, Arsenal's opening-night defeat to Brentford has turned up the heat on Arteta.

There was already pressure on the Spaniard after an indifferent 2020/21, saved only by their FA Cup win. Indeed, many believe without that silverware he would have been looking for a new job this summer.

Mikel Arteta pensive Apr21

But the knives remain out for Arteta and the contenders are circling, with Arsenal's sporting director Edu considering his options.

Many Arsenal fans are pushing for the club to make a move for Antonio Conte - the former Chelsea boss who left his last role with Inter Milan in the summer after guiding them to the Serie A title.

Conte does seem to be open to the possibility of returning to London having held extensive talks with Tottenham over their post. But could Arsenal get him? Planet Sport Bet certainly believe it is possible with the Italian third favourite.

Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers is also in the running. Again the Northern Irishman was a target for Spurs but opted to stay with the Foxes who just missed out on top-four qualification.

Planet Sport Bet price him at 7/2 but sources close to the Leicester camp insist he won't be going anywhere this season.

Arsenal assistant coach Freddie Ljungberg Sep 2019

Should Arteta go mid-season, it could be someone in-house who replaces him, with the most likely of those, current assistant coach Freddie Ljungberg.

And it must be remembered, if Ljungberg was appointed on an interim basis, possibly until the end of the season, he would win the market if he was in charge for ten games.

Eddie Howe is currently out of work and has always been admired by Arsenal. Having rejected the chance to take over at Celtic in the summer, does he think an opportunity is waiting for him at The Emirates? It can't be ruled out and at 20/1, he looked one of the best value contenders.

However, a rush of money for the former Bournemouth boss has seen him shorten to the 11/4 favourite for the role.

England boss Gareth Southgate is continually linked with big jobs and he will have to take the plunge one day. But would Arsenal be a big enough lure given England's prospects for the 2022 World Cup?

Next permanent Arsenal manager

* Odds correct at time of publication

Eddie Howe 11/4

Brendan Rodgers 7/2

Antonio Conte 9/2

Massimiliano Allegri 5/1

Ralph Hasenhuttl 10/1

Gian Piero Gasperini 14/1

Paulo Fonseca 14/1

Freddie Ljungberg 16/1

Thierry Henry 16/1

Diego Simeone 16/1

Roberto Martinez 16/1

Sol Campbell 20/1

Steven Gerrard 20/1

Rafa Benitez 25/1

Maurizio Sarri 25/1

Patrick Vieira 33/1

Gareth Southgate 33/1

Marco Rose 33/1

Arsene Wenger 40/1

Julian Nagelsmann 40/1

Sam Allardyce 66/1

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