Emery is under pressure to keep his job after a poor start to the Premier League season.
He told PaddyPower: "People may laugh at me but I wouldn't mind seeing a former player on the bench. Is there a former Arsenal great you can call, like Thierry Henry or Patrick Vieira? Pick one: there are so many. You even have Freddie Ljungberg already in the dugout.
"Patrick has done a very good job over two years at Nice, though you don't know what's going to happen at that club as they've just been bought out by Ineos and Jim Ratcliffe. So, we'll need to wait a few months to see what's going on there. I'm also watching closely what's happening at Napoli with Carlo Ancelotti. I think he would be a very good manager for Arsenal.
"But the club needs a great leader now. Someone who can bring back the passion, someone respected by the players, someone who can fill the team with energy and the winning mentality. Steven Gerrard, for example, is like this.
"I want to see passion, emotion. Someone who, when he takes your hand, you can feel the electricity. I want someone who can bring that to the Arsenal dressing room, because they need to wake up."