West Ham manager David Moyes believes potential candidates for the Arsenal job should not fear the position despite the legacy set to be left by outgoing manager Arsene Wenger.
Moyes knows all too well of taking over after a legendary manager after he replaced Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United in 2013, only to be sacked just several months later.
Despite both Arsenal and United being labelled as two of the ‘big six’ in the Premier League, Moyes insists there is a difference in taking the Gunners’ post compared to when he took over at United.
“Arsenal are not champions and they’ve not got that many old players. Maybe not quite as big expectations at Arsenal as what there would have been at Manchester United,” Moyes said.
“I do think whoever gets the opportunity should take it with both hands.
“It’s a great chance, a great club, a big club in London with big traditions. I am sure there will be many, many of the elite managers keen to choose this club.”
Meanwhile, Wenger has refused to rule out retiring from management, although he claimed he can’t see himself taking over at another English club.
“If you speak about emotions, that certainly would be for me emotionally difficult,” he said after his side’s 4-1 defeat of the Hammers.
“I don’t know how well I will live without [managing], so at the moment it’s difficult for me to say never. But at the minute I speak to you I’m too attached to this this club to say I will go anywhere else. It would be very difficult for me.”