MAURICIO POCHETTINO would and should snub Arsenal for Manchester United or Real Madrid, Jermaine Jenas claims.
Ex-Tottenham and England midfielder Jenas believes the Gunners are currently “not attractive” to any top manager and sacked Spurs chief Pochettino’s “stock is far too high” for the job.
Pochettino has insisted London rivalry means he could never boss Arsenal, who axed Unai Emery on Friday.
But TV pundit Jenas thinks the Argentinian should resist any offers from the Gunners anyway, then assess offers in the summer.
Jenas told BT Sport: “If I was Mauricio I’d have six months off to recuperate after working non stop for six years at Spurs.
“Come to the end of the season there’s a good chance that Man United, Bayern Munich and Madrid might ring.
“Arsenal is a huge football club and the wages would be great for Mauricio.
‘FAR HIGHER STOCK’
“But putting myself in his shoes, I think his stock will be far higher than that
“The job that he did at Tottenham puts him in a different bracket.”
Jenas added: “I know he mentioned he wouldn’t go to Barcelona because of his Espanyol links, but there are a lot of huge clubs out there I think he can go to.
“The Arsenal job isn’t one that is that attractive to anyone right now.”
Ex-Arsenal midfielder Freddie Ljungberg has been promoted from coach to caretaker boss.
But Jenas slammed Emery’s sacking as a “knee jerk reaction” lacking “any real planning”.
He said: “Are they just going to throw a load of names in the hat and go: ‘Is it [Massimiliano] Allegri, is it Pochettino, is it [Carlos] Ancelotti’.
“That’s what it feels like at the moment.”