Arsenal’s US owner Stan Kroenke waits for kick off in the English FA Cup final football match … [+] between Arsenal and Chelsea at Wembley stadium in London on May 27, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Adrian DENNIS / NOT FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING USE / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)
When Arsenal meets Leicester City on Saturday teatime, it will feel like a real ‘what if’ moment for Gunners fans. Brendan Rodgers, who is currently transforming Leicester into a potential top-four finisher in the Premier League, was one of the many names linked with the Arsenal manager’s job in 2018. Yet the Northern Irishman didn’t even get as far as an interview. In their wisdom, the Arsenal hierarchy appointed Unai Emery instead. Almost 18 months on, the contrast in fortunes between the two clubs and two managers could not be starker.
With the fine work that Rodgers is doing this season, and the constant speculation around Emery’s future, those rumors linking him to the Arsenal job have again popped up. And if he were to go, it would be a coup for Arsenal. Rodgers flew under their radar in 2018 because he was with Celtic, where, people assumed, winning the title was a natural by-product of not having a strong Rangers to compete with. But since his return to the Premier League in February, he has proved why he was so highly rated during spells with Swansea and Liverpool.
With Arsenal in their current funk, people have questioned whether Rodgers