Zidane revealed his decision in a hastily-arranged press conference in the Spanish capital on Thursday.
Firstly, Pochettino's success has been built around a work ethic and mentality not appearing to fit into the ethos of Real Madrid.
But would Real Madrid's demanding fans back the 68-year-old Frenchman, whose last piece of silverware with the Gunners came in 2017 with the FA Cup?
As part of United, Ronaldo had won three titles and the Champions League before he joined the Spanish team in 2009.
Zidane won an astonishing nine trophies in charge of Madrid, and you have to feel as though he won't be short of offers for his next appointment.
Martins is predominantly a right-winger and the Portuguese publication says Emery wants him to play alongside Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Mesut Ozil behind Pierre-Emerick Aubamayeng next season.
Chelsea are reportedly set to try and convince outgoing Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane to make the move to West London and take charge at Stamford Bridge.
Wenger also explained his decision to reject offers to become Real Madrid's head coach on more than one occasion. "Three Champions Leagues, a La Liga title".
Ronaldo has been Madrid's talisman during a highly successful period under Zidane's leadership, although the Portugal star has suggested he is considering his future.
"I had the respect of all, above all the players, which has been fundamental in achieving things. If I do not see clearly that we are going to continue winning, a moment comes when you say, 'Better to step aside'".
On paper, the 41-year-old Guti is an outsider as he has yet to cut his coaching teeth at senior coaching level - although, prior to his appointment in 2016, the same could be said about Zidane.