Mauricio Pochettino could deal two blows to Arsenal if he takes PSG job

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Mauricio Pochettino is nearing his return to management, with the former Tottenham boss set to replace Thomas Tuchel at Paris Saint-Germain. The Argentinian has been out of the game since being sacked by Spurs at the end of 2019.

Since then, he has been linked with a number of high-profile jobs including Manchester United and Barcelona.

“My energy is full, I’d love to be involved in the game but at the same time I need to understand that at the moment is a good moment that you need to wait,” he said earlier this year.

“You need to wait for the right project and for sure football is going to bring what football wants and we need to be open and to accept or not.”

Arsenal fans have also been leading a clamour for him to cross the north London divide, to take over from under-fire Mikel Arteta.

Arteta has guided the Gunners to their worst start to the season in almost 50 years, sitting just above the Premier League drop zone.

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Technical director Edu has backed his man, but pressure continues to grow ahead of a London derby with Chelsea on Boxing Day.

However, any chance of Pochettino being the man to replace Arteta look slim, with the 48-year-old set for the top job in Paris.

“Mauricio Pochettino is leading the race to become the new PSG manager after Tuchel sack,” Fabrizio Romano posted on social media.

“His lawyers have been contacted by Leonardo earlier this week and he’s open to accept – Thiago Motta, always been the other option in the list.”

Arsenal were dumped out of the Carabao Cup by City earlier this week, with Arteta’s old boss Pep Guardiola staunchly defending the job his protege has done at the Emirates.

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“I’m pretty sure they are going to trust him,” said Guardiola when asked if Arsenal should stick with his former assistant.

“They will do a big mistake if they are thinking [of dismissing him].”

“It’s just a question of time and he will do well.

“Football changes in one week so quick. I can speak about my experience alongside him – one of the most incredible, successful teams in English history we had, and he was part of this success.

“It would not be possible without him. To create something like this you need time like I had in my first season.”

Should Pochettino take the position with PSG, one possible name that could join him is ex-Spurs midfielder Christian Eriksen.

The Dane left the club shortly after Pochettino, swapping the Premier League for Serie A.

But he has endured a miserable twelve months with Inter and San Siro chiefs are trying to sanction a deal, with chief executive Beppe Marotta confirming he is on the transfer list.

“Eriksen is among the transfers,” Marotta told Sky Sports on Wednesday.

“It’s not a punishment but he has struggled to settle into the squad… so it is right to give him the opportunity to find more space elsewhere.”

The Gunners have been heavily linked with Eriksen, with Granit Xhaka touted as a potential makeweight.

However, a reunion with Pochettino at PSG now appears the most likely destination for the 28-year-old.

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