Arsenal’s wait for a new manager will be short
Nothing lasts forever and despite becoming eternally woven into the fabric of the club over his 22-year tenure as Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger took charge of his final Arsenal game as the 2017/2018 season came to a close at the weekend.
The question of how long Wenger could stay on as manager with title challenges fizzling out in February, no Champions League football and ever diminishing league standing was answered on the 20th April 2018. The question now is who will replace the club’s greatest ever manager?
Arsenal has clearly been planning for Wenger’s eventual departure for a few years with off-field staffing additions and a fresh approach to player recruitment. Unsurprisingly the fan base is as divided on Wenger’s replacement as they were on the man himself. However this is not surprising considering the stature of the club and the reported shortlist of potential managers – a veritable cornucopia of football’s brightest lights and rising stars.
The wait for the announcement of who has the dichotomous task of replacing Wenger will not be long however with the club stating a preference to have the new boss in place before the World Cup – dichotomous for the enviable privilege of managing one of the world’s best clubs with explosive potential but also the unenviable responsibility of replacing a genuine legend by leading the team to achievements equivalent to their ability.
With the game’s biggest competition due to kick-off in a month Gooners will be put out of their misery–or into it if their preferred choice is overlooked–sometime in the next 4 weeks. This is a proactive and positive step for Arsenal because it means the new boss can work closely with the recruitment team to scout the players who will help Arsenal push on next season. It also means Arsenal supporters can kick back to enjoy a summer of the beautiful game without being concerned that the club will yet again start a season poorly prepared.
Top of many wish lists of Arsenal supporters hoping for a totally different approach to Arsène Wenger was Allegri but he has committed his future to Juventus for the time-being. Other managers reportedly being considered include Julian Naglesmann, Unai Emery, Carlo Ancelotti, Luis Enrique, Rui Faria, Zeljko Buvac, Patrick Vieira and Mikel Arteta.
Arteta is considered the front-runner in many quarters as the man to lead a confection of Invincibles and the existing staff under the new framework built by Messrs Gazidis, Mislintat and Sanllehi. This is intriguing for a number of reasons as Arteta would represent a form of continuity that many Arsenal supporters may find distasteful but also a change of direction as power is more evenly spread throughout the club leaving the manager with nothing but his coaching to hide behind. It’s a risky move but one that could pay big for Arsenal as Arteta has been learning his craft at the side of arguably the best coach of the last few decades.
Preseason for Arsenal could start as quickly as 11 days after the end of the World Cup so although Arsenal has imposed their own deadline of June 13th to announce a new manager in reality it could happen before the end of the month.
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