Daily Mail: Arsenal may be forced to hire Mikel Arteta or Freddie Ljungberg as they reportedly can't afford elite manager
- Arsenal are searching for a manager to take charge of the club long-term.
- However, they reportedly can't offer a salary similar to other big 6 clubs.
- Emery earned £4m per year.
- The Gunners are ready to increase that sum but not the level required to hire an elite head coach with a proven record.
According to the Daily Mail, Arsenal have a limited budget to offer a contract to a potential long-term successor to Unai Emery. The Spaniard earned £4million-a-year prior to being axed by the board.
It is reported that the likes of Mauricio Pochettino, Carlo Ancelotti and Massimiliano Allegri would all expect double that sum. The board are willing to increase the remuneration but not to the level required to attract a top candidate.
Financial difficulties will arise in case of approaching Brendan Rodgers and Nuno Espirito De Santo as well. They are available at a lower salary but the Gunners will have to pay compensation for breaking their contracts.
Missing out on the Champions League for 3 seasons in a row has put significant limitations on the spending power of the club. Thus, the board might be forced to choose an inexperienced candidate with Freddie Ljungberg and Mikel Arteta being considered for the role.