Nuno Espirito Santo Responds to Rumours Linking Him With Arsenal Job

​Nuno Espirito Santo refused to offer any insight into the rumours linking him with the Arsenal head coach role, insisting it would be ‘disrespectful’ while Unai Emery remains in charge of the Gunners.

The Spaniard has come under intense scrutiny from large sections of his own fanbase in recent weeks, with a dismal run of just six wins in 19 matches leading to calls for the 48-year-old to be relieved of his duties.

On the other hand, Santo has guided ​Wolves into fifth in the ​Premier League table, this despite leading the club through a Europa League campaign and failing to win any of their first six league matches.

Last season the then-newly promoted side defied to odds to secure a hugely impressive seventh place finish, which has led to suggestions that he is line for the ​Arsenal job should Emery be sacked.

He has responded to those suggestions, but refused to discuss the potential vacancy while the Spaniard remains at the helm.

“I think you know me well enough. You know I’m not going to answer about that. I’ll never mention an issue that’s not a reality,” he said, as quoted by The Athletic’s ​​Tim Spiers“Speaking about a job as a manager would be disrespectful, I will not.”

The Portuguese former goalkeeper took charge of Wolves in the the summer of 2017, going on to guide the Midlands outfit to promotion from the Championship with four games to spare. His first season as a Premier League manager was hugely successful also, as Wolves qualified for Europe. In total, he boasts a 54.5% win rate in charge of the club.

That fine managerial record is in contrast to Emery, however, who saw his side scrape an undeserved draw at home to Southampton in his last outing to leave the Gunners with just one win in seven league games. 

​On top of results, there is a growing sense of discontent among Gunners supporters over Emery’s supposed tactical plan, with many fans feeling the club have regressed since Arsene Wenger’s departure.

Mikel Arteta has also been linked with the Arsenal post, with Manchester City’s assistant coach earning rave reviews for his role in the club’s last two league title wins under Pep Guardiola. While out-of-work duo Mauricio Pochettino and Massimiliano Allegri has also been touted as potential options.


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