When Unai Emery’s stint as Arsenal boss came to an end last year, a host of managers were linked with taking over.

In the end, Arsenal went with Mikel Arteta, luring the Spaniard back to North London after a strong playing career with the Gunners.

One of the names in the running was Niko Kovac, as the Croatian was pursuing a return to management having lost his job at Bayern Munich.

England’s EURO 2021 Squad Using ONLY 1 Player Per Club

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Goal reported that Kovac wanted the Arsenal job, and his representatives made contact with the Gunners in an effort to get a deal done.

Kovac didn’t get the job, and Arsenal fans were vocal on Twitter in saying that they didn’t want to see him replace Emery anyway.

The 49-year-old ended up becoming Monaco boss last summer, and he is now proving those Arsenal fans wrong for doubting his quality.

PARIS, FRANCE-FEBRUARY 21: head coach Niko Kovac of As Monaco reacts during the Ligue 1 soccer match between Paris Saint-Germain and AS Monaco at Parc des Princes on February 21, 2021 in Paris, France. (Photo by Xavier Laine/Getty Images)

Kovac guided Monaco to a huge win over Paris Saint-Germain on Sunday night, picking a 2-0 win in the French capital to push his side into title reckoning.

Monaco now sit just six points off top spot, having dropped just four points in their last 11 Ligue 1 games, with Kovac leading a superb season so far.

He may have missed out on the Arsenal job, but he is at least showing that the Gunners are missing by excelling in charge of Monaco, rebuilding his reputation in the process.

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