MAURICIO POCHETTINO is a shock contender to replace Unai Emery as Arsenal boss.But Gunners chiefs are not convinced they can talk the former Tottenham boss into such a controversial move.4 How Mauricio Pochettino would look as Arsenal manager4 Mauricio Pochettino is being lined up to take charge at Arsenal after being sacked by SpursCredit: PA:Empics SportJust two weeks after backing Emery, Arsenal’s board is already having second thoughts about he struggling Spaniard.And Pochettino’s sudden availability has accelerated contingency plans which are being put into place at the Emirates.The thinking at the moment remains for Emery to be given every opportunity to remain in charge until the end of the season before taking a decision on his long-term future in the summer.But senior figures including head of football Raul Sanllehi and technical director Edu Gaspar have been shocked by the speed of the team’s rapid decline in recent weeks.And owner Stan Kroenke is now reluctantly coming around to the idea that he will have to find a new manager sooner rather than later.Pochettino, 47, was surprisingly axed with a £12.5m pay-off by Spurs last week despite leading the team to last season’s Champions League final.And unlike former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho, Arsenal’s directors would have no problems appointing Pochettino in spite of his strong Tottenham connections.4But the highly-regarded Argentine coach has always said he would never manage Barcelona because of his strong affinity with city rivals Espanyol.And he is likely to take a similar view with regard to working for Arsenal after forging such a close bond with the Spurs fans during his five and a half years at their club.Pochettino is in no rush to get a new job and is happy to wait for a vacancy to arise at Real Madrid, Manchester United or Bayern Munich.Arsenal, though, are concerned that Premier League rivals Everton, West Ham and Watford could all be in the market for a new boss in the next few weeks.And they don’t want to miss out on the best managerial talent while they decide whether to wield the axe on Emery.Mikel Arteta, Brendan Rodgers and former Juventus boss Max Allegri are the other candidates currently under consideration at the Emirates.But Pochettino is the only contender who is currently available with experience of Premier League management.Latest Arsenal newsLive BlogGunners newsArsenal news LIVE – Latest updates from the EmiratesCONT ME OUTArsenal’s Lacazette ‘not interested’ in joining Inter as Martinez’s replacementGossipINTERESTED PARTEYArsenal ‘most interested’ in Thomas Partey but coronavirus delays talksGUNNER GOLuiz ‘has to go’, Saliba ‘a concern’ and Mustafi not at right ‘level’, says KeownAT YOUR BOC AND CALLTorreira reveals ‘dream and desire’ to one day play for Boca JuniorsWRIGHTY’S OUTRAGEIan Wright says video of George Floyd’s death in US left him ‘drained’Meanwhile Teddy Sheringham apparently told pals sacked Spurs boss Pochettino should avenge his axing by taking the Arsenal job.TalkSPORT presenter and former England left-back Micky Gray was with Sheringham and a number of ex-pros taking part in a Liverpool v Manchester United legends match in Singapore last week.Gray said: “Teddy said what Pochettino should do after being treated so badly by Tottenham is to take the Arsenal job.”4 Unai Emery is under pressure after drawing against SouthamptonCredit: Getty ImagesUnai Emery ‘understands the supporters’, telling press he is ‘disappointed’ & ‘frustrated’ after Arsenal draw at home with Southampton
The rivalry between Liverpool and Manchester United, England’s two most successful clubs, runs deep.Not only are they in close proximity geographically, but the history of the two clubs suggests they have driven each other to success.United replaced their bitter rivals in the Premier League’s top four last season after a temporary hiatus under the disastrous David Moyes era, so the onus is on the Reds to strike back in the coming campaign.Both clubs have been busy in the transfer market so far this summer, with various ins and outs at both Anfield and Old Trafford.If you take a closer look at their business, the clubs appear to be trading blows in their bid to secure the upper hand next term.United laid down an early marker in May, with Memphis Depay citing Louis van Gaal’s presence as a defining factor in his decision to opt for United over Liverpool, completing a £25m move from PSV.The Merseysiders then responded impressively, supposedly trumping United with the capture of £29m Brazilian star Roberto Firmino.The north west giants have both also reinforced defensively. After Liverpool secured a £12.5m deal for Southampton and England right-back Nathaniel Clyne, who was thought to be on Van Gaal’s radar, United brought in his Italian counterpart Matteo Darmian for just £200,000 more.And from a midfield perspective, James Milner and Bastian Schweinsteiger will bring plentiful experience to the Anfield and Old Trafford squads.While the Reds have added depth with bargain deals for Danny Ings and Adam Bogdan, Morgan Schneiderlin’s big money move from Southampton to Old Trafford has ticked another box on Man United’s shopping list.Meanwhile, Brendan Rodgers is likely to recoup his entire summer expenditure to date when the £49m sale of Raheem Sterling to Manchester City goes through, and Reds fans will be expecting to see that money reinvested wisely.Fabio Borini, Rickie Lambert and everyone’s favourite pantomime villain Mario Balotelli could all be offloaded this summer, which means attacking recruits are very much still on Rodgers’ agenda.Just down the East Lancs Road, United have successfully shipped out Robin van Persie, while Javier Hernandez is also being linked with a move away from Old Trafford.If departures transpire as expected, both sides could start the season with requiring additional firepower. Due to Daniel Sturridge’s ongoing injury troubles, the relatively inexperienced duo of Ings and Divock Origi could be Liverpool’s only striking options, while United would be left with Wayne Rooney and James Wilson up front.A host of names are being thrown around with both sides looking to bolster their front lines, including Aston Villa hitman Christian Benteke, Bayern’s Robert Lewandowski and Dortmund’s Marco Reus.At the other end of the pitch, United are reportedly keen to bring in another defender, namely Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos, while Nicolas Otamendi is also a target. But Liverpool could yet choose to invest some of the Sterling cash in a new centre-back, with Dejan Lovren yet to convince and Kolo Toure a last resort option.Right now, with just under a month to go until the start of the new campaign and the game of cat and mouse showing no signs of drawing to a close, United’s prospected deals for Schweinsteiger and Schneiderlin appear to have swung the pendulum back their way.Over to you Brendan… Manchester United or Liverpool: who has done the better summer business so far? 1
3 3 What a game we have in store on Tuesday night, live on talkSPORT.The first of the World Cup semi-finals pits France against Belgium – two sides that possess a ridiculous amount of talent in their squads. 3 Thierry Henry has been branded an ‘enemy’ of France in the build up When is France vs Belgium?The match kicks off at 19:00 (UK time) on Tuesday, July 10.How can I stream live commentary?On talkSPORT. The broadcast team will be bringing you live coverage from the 65,000-capacity Saint Petersburg Stadium.Listen to our live commentary of all the action through talkSPORT.com here.You can also listen via DAB digital radio and on 1089 or 1053 AM, on the talkSPORT app, or through the following TV channels: Sky – Channel 0108, Virgin Media -Channel 927, Freeview – Channel 723, Freesat – Channel 731. The Saint Petersburg Stadium will host France v Belgium France, winners in 1998, are bidding to reach their second successive major tournament final, after losing to Portugal on home soil at the 2016 European Championship.Belgium, who have a ‘golden generation’ of players including Premier League stars Kevin De Bruyne, Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku, have never reached a World Cup final and may never have a better shot than this summer.Thierry Henry was part of France’s World Cup-winning team in ’98 alongside their current manager Didier Deschamps and is the country’s all-time record goalscorer, but he will be plotting their downfall in Saint Petersburg as assistant manager of Belgium. What is the team news?France: Lloris, Pavard, Varane, Umtiti, Lucas, Pogba, Kante, Mbappe-Lottin, Griezmann, Matuidi, Giroud.Belgium: Courtois, Alderweireld, Kompany, Vertonghen, Chadli, Dembele, Witsel, Fellaini, De Bruyne, Lukaku, Eden Hazard.Our build up on talkSPORT will begin at 6.30pm. Don’t miss it!