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Nuno Espirito Santo emerges as favourite to take over from Unai Emery at Arsenal

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Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo has become the favourite to take over from struggling Arsenal manager Unai Emery amid the Gunners’ poor season so far.

The Portuguese manager has been superb at Wolves and has reportedly impressed the Arsenal hierarchy that he is now the number one choice ahead of the likes of Mikel Arteta and Massimiliano Allegri.

This comes following Arsenal’s terrible campaign under Spanish coach Unai Emery with fans already starting to turn on the former Paris Saint-Germain manager.

Santo has led Wolves to 5th place in the Premier League so far, which is three places above the Gunners albeit by just one point.

The 45-year-old has already masterminded a shock win over the reigning champions Manchester City but has been heavily backed in the transfer window.

In the summer, Wolves had a net spend of £85m, which is only £4m less than that of the Gunners, having made the loans of Raul Jimenez and Leander Dendocker permanent as well as signing the likes of Patrick Cutrone.

Wolves have been in decent form in the last five games having just won twice in succession whereas Emery’s side are winless in their last five.

The Gunners are the only side in the top half of the table to have a negative goal difference and have been heavily reliant on individual quality.

The reigning golden boot winner Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has scored 8 goals out of the 18 Arsenal have scored with his strike partner Alexandre Lacazette chipping with an extra four goals.

With Mesut Ozil and Nicholas Pepe also in attack, Emery has failed to create a system that helps his attackers flourish with the aforementioned duo struggling for form under the Spaniard.

With Emery’s failure to get Arsenal to qualify for the Champions League last season and it looks extremely likely that it will be the same this campaign, fans have lost their faith in the coach.

Reportedly, the board have also lost patience in Emery but are willing to give him a couple of more games to turn their bad form around.

This has resulted in the bookies making Santo evens to secure the Gunners job with former Juventus manager Allegri 4/1 and Manchester City assistant Arteta 8/1.

Fans seem dismayed that the former Porto manager is the favourite to take over as his Wolves side have also struggled for goals despite the heavy investment made over the summer.

Santo’s side have 18 goals in 13 games, which is the same amount that Emery’s side have managed so far.

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