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Arsenal steps up chase for Nuno Espirito Santo,seeks Wolves permission for talks

Arsenal steps up chase for Nuno Espirito Santo,seeks Wolves permission for talks

*The Gunners are seeking permission from Wolves to speak to the 45-year-old

Arsenal will seek talks with Nuno Espirito Santo next week over their vacant manager’s job.

The Wolves boss is one of around 12 candidates the Gunners want to speak to, and the club are set to accelerate their interest in the Portuguese over the coming days. However, Arsenal will have to gain permission from Wolves before holding formal discussions with Nuno.

Belgium boss Roberto Martinez, who has Premier League experience with Wigan and Everton, has also been approached about replacing Unai Emery who was sacked last month.

Once the club have spoken to all candidates, including Mauricio Pochettino, Mikel Arteta and Patrick Vieira, work will begin on forming a three-man shortlist.

Meanwhile, Freddie Ljungberg has revealed that Arsenal have not allowed him to bring in any assistants during his time as interim boss.

While Manchester City — Arsenal’s opponents at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday — employ an army of staff to assist boss Pep Guardiola, Ljungberg only has Per Mertesacker, the 35-year-old former Arsenal defender who is juggling assisting the Swede with his job as head of the club’s academy.

Ljungberg says he has been given no timeframe for his role and that continuing to operate like this ‘for months and months’ would be difficult.

‘That’s up to the club,’ Ljungberg said when asked about adding to his staff. ‘The club have said I have to wait until they make a decision, so yeah, I can’t do anything at the moment.

‘I have Per, but at the same time he is academy manager. He is helping me with the coaching.

‘The club has said when they make a decision then that’s it or I’m obviously leaving or maybe then we can do something with the staff. But it’s up to the club.

On whether a quick decision would be best, he continued: ‘It’s far from me to say. If you look at the person who was here before, he had a lot of staff and maybe I don’t have so many. So if you keep on going like that for months and months, it’s not so easy.

‘I haven’t got any indications of whether I’m here or not. What I’ve said to the bosses and the club is I will do everything in my power to do as well as I can for this club and the players.

‘Then obviously it is up to them to make a decision. I try not to put any emotions into that.’

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