Could one of these candidates replace Wenger at Arsenal?
Arsène Wenger’s name has been synonymous with Arsenal for more than 20 years but it may well be that the club’s most successful manager’s reign is coming to an end.
Having won three Premier League titles, been in charge of the unbeaten ‘Invincibles’ during the 2003-2004 season and guided Arsenal to a top-four finish in every season in charge, things have started to unravel this term. Currently in sixth place in the standings, the Gunners are in real danger of missing out on next season’s Champions League and that would surely be too much for the fans to take.
There is still time for them to rally and anyone looking for a bet with decent odds might want to use a £20 coral sign-up-offer from SBAT to back them to end the season in the top four.
But will Wenger be in charge next season and who might take over should he walk away from the Emirates Stadium?
Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers’ name has been mentioned after his incredible success in Glasgow this season but he has made it clear that he still has work to do with the Bhoys. It is also open to question whether the fans, who have already shown their displeasure with multiple protests, would warm to a man who failed to inspire Liverpool during his time in charge at Anfield.
It could be argued that the Reds and Arsenal are similar sized clubs and Rodgers has already failed on Merseyside. Winning in Scotland is one thing but doing it in the pressure-cooker atmosphere of the Premier League is another.
Another coach whose name keeps cropping up in connection with the Gunners is Juventus chief Massimiliano Allegri, who has an excellent CV.
Allegri won the Serie A title with Milan back in 2010-11 and, having inherited a talented Juventus squad from Antonio Conte, has secured back-to-back top-flight titles with the Old Lady with a third on the way.
The 49-year-old also guided Juve to the Champions League final in 2015 and so has the experience to handle Europe’s elite club competition.
They take on Barcelona in this season’s quarter-finals and should Juventus knock out the Catalans, Allegri’s stock will rise even higher.
Diego Simeone has performed miracles at Atletico Madrid, challenging the dominance of the big two, and he could be another candidate for the Emirates dug-out.
The Argentinian won La Liga with the capital outfit in 2014, claimed the Europa League in 2012 while also reaching two Champions League finals with Los Rojiblancos.
His record is superb and there is nothing to suggest that the former international midfielder would not be able to transfer his sills to a club of Arsenal’s stature.
He is a big-name coach and would be able to attract top players to the club – an ability that has, at times, eluded Wenger.
Finally, Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim has been building up quite a reputation in the principality and his name has been mentioned in connection with the Arsenal hot-seat.
The Portuguese has yet to win a trophy with his present employers but may well take the Ligue 1 title this term.
He did claim the Greek top-flight title with Olympiacos and has taken Monaco to the last eight of this season’s Champions League.
The 42-year-old is not as high-profile as others mentioned but it has to be remembered that hardly anyone knew about Wenger when he arrived at the club and he seems to have done okay.
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