The Daily Mail reported on Tuesday that the Wolves boss had emerged as the leading candidate to be the next manager of the Gunners with current Arsenal manager Unai Emery on borrowed time.
McCoist bought into the reported speculation and shared that he thought Santo would talk to the London club, however, he added that he didn’t think the Portuguese boss would fancy the job right now as he has unfinished business at Wolves.
“I’ll tell you right now, I don’t think I’m moving if I’m him,” said McCoist on talkSPORT (6:25am, Wednesday, November 27th).
“Aye, I’m with you (Brazil said Arsenal are one of the big boys), you’d need guarantees as Arsenal defensively are all over the place.
“Aubameyang, Lacazette, they’ve got good players going forward…I don’t think, I don’t know why it’s just my opinion, I just don’t think he’ll fancy that right now.
“I think he’ll be thinking to himself, can I take Wolves higher than fifth? I’m not sure he can, so maybe there’s an argument there, but at the same time, I just think there’s unfinished business to be done at Wolves as they’re absolutely flying.
“I think he will talk to them, depends what he was offered because listen, Manchester United and Arsenal are effectively are miles and miles away from competing at that level in the league.”
Would Nuno Espirito Santo want the Arsenal job?
It’s hard to see the Wolves boss wanting to succeed Emery, as he probably is loving life at the Molineux.
Wolves currently sit fifth in the league and have done well in the Europa League this season, with them currently just a point away from qualifying for the round of 32.
So why would he walk away from that?
He has built that team up, signed the players he wants and there’s no reason to suggest that they can’t keep progressing after all the club certainly has ambitions to move to the next level as they even had plans to increase their stadium’s capacity to 50,000. (Source: Express & Star)
Also, Arsenal need a lot of work to get back to being a consistent top-four team, based on how they’ve started this season.
The Gunners have already suffered three losses in the league and have conceded 19 goals in the outings which highlights how much work is needed, especially on the club’s defence.
And surely that means Nuno won’t want to exchange a side he has built up for one that he has to start again with, especially when they probably currently have the same aims.