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Andy Townsend: Nuno’s the one for Arsenal

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Former Republic of Ireland international Andy Townsend has said that Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Nuno Espirito Santo would be ‘perfect’ for Arsenal.

The Portuguese has been quickly installed as one of the favourites to replace the sacked Unai Emery at the Emirates Stadium, and Townsend feels he’d be exactly the sort of boss the Gunners need.

“He’s the one, Kelly, who I think would be perfect for Arsenal,” he said on BBC Radio 5 Live. “I personally think Nuno would be great for Arsenal, I really do.

“When I see the job that Nuno Espirito Santo has done at Wolves: getting them promoted, making them a seriously good team to watch. I happen to like the way he sets his team up, the way that he plays.”

Is Nuno the right man at the Emirates?

There’s no doubt that Nuno has done a phenomenal job at Wolves. Not only has he taken them up from the Championship and secured European football at the first time of asking, but he has done so in an easily-identifiable style and has improved players along the way.

People like Conor Coady, Ryan Bennett, Matt Doherty and Adama Traore have come on leaps and bounds under his tutelage, while his work in the transfer market has been excellent, as well.

Just look at his record in charge of the Midlands club. He’s won 68 of 125 games, averaging out at 2.3 points per match [Source: Transfermarkt]. That is a quite astonishing tally.

It would be a big step up to managing a club as big as Arsenal, while securing compensation could be an issue as well. But he’s going to get a chance at one of English football’s big clubs at some point, so why not the Gunners?

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