Posted on February 22, 2017 by ADMIN

Next Arsenal Manager: The Top Five Candidates to Replace Wenger

There has long been speculation about exactly when Arsene Wenger’s tenure as Arsenal manager will come to an end. But after the Champions League thrashing at the hands of Bayern Munich on 15th February it has become apparent that Le Professeur’s days at the helm may well be numbered.

With a decision on Wenger’s future scheduled for the end of the season, fans and pundits are asking the big question: who can replace Wenger as Arsenal manager? Here we give you our assessment of the top five candidates to be the next permanent Arsenal manager, along with the current betting odds for them getting the job.

Massimiliano Allegri – 5/1 with Betfair

The bookies’ favourite to be the next Arsenal boss is the current Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri. There is no doubt that he is a tactically astute manager who has the vision to adapt his team’s style of play to a given situation. He is also successful, at least since moving to Juventus where he has won the Serie A title and Coppa Italia double in each of the last two seasons.

Speculation was rife that Allegri could be eyeing a move to the Premier League when it was reported that he was taking English lessons but he has downplayed any suggestion that he could replace Wenger and insists he is happy at Juve.

There is no doubt Allegri has the credentials to land the job, and after the positive impact his countryman Antonio Conte has had at Chelsea this season, Stan Kroenke, Ivan Gazidis and the rest of the board could well look to Italy for their next manager.

Thomas Tuchel – 10/1 with Paddy Power

The second favourite with most bookies at the time of writing is Borussia Dortmund’s head coach, Thomas Tuchel. The man who replaced Jurgen Klopp as Bortmund’s boss in 2015 is only 43 years old so is still learning his trade. He has not yet enjoyed the success experienced by Allegri, but that is perhaps in part due to the fact that Bayern Munich are so dominant in Germany.

Tuchel, like Klopp, is seen as an innovative manager who is not afraid to shake things up in terms of tactics and personnel, something that would be welcome at the Emirates – as long as success follows of course.

Dortmund’s chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke has suggested Tuchel will be staying put, however, giving an indication that a new contract will be on the table soon. The lack of honours may also count against the German in the final reckoning and we think Tuchel is under-priced to land the job.

Eddie Howe – 11/1 with Sky Bet

Bournemouth’s Eddie Howe has long been seen as the natural successor to Wenger at Arsenal on account of the similarities in their footballing philosophies. There is no doubting that getting a club of Bournemouth’s size into the Premier League and then consolidating their position there whilst playing expansive football is some achievement. But it would still be a risk for Arsenal to plump for a boss who is unproven at a big club.

Given that Howe is still not yet 40, however, the Arsenal board might be in the mood to begin a new era, and whereas some bigger name managers might stick around in north London for a couple of seasons, there is every chance that Howe could be there for the long haul (assuming that there are a few trophies coming in).

The big question is whether or not the appointment of Howe would satisfy the fans who are desperate for Premier League or Champions League success. But at these odds, Howe could be a good bet in our eyes, and despite him not being one of the big beasts of the game, given the chance at Arsenal he might well be before too long.

Diego Simeone – 14/1 with BetVictor

The appointment of Diego Simeone at Arsenal would certainly appease the Gooners who are calling for a proven winner. The Atletico Madrid boss managed to break the stranglehold of giants Barcelona and Real Madrid on Spanish football when he led his side to La Liga glory in the 2013-14 season. Add to that a Copa del Rey success, a Europa League and two Champions League finals, and there is no doubt that Simeone has a winning formula.

There are some amongst the Arsenal faithful who would be somewhat disappointed if the Argentine did get the nod given his pragmatic – at times rather stifling – style of play. But when you come up against the likes of Real and Barca with such regularity you can forgive him for resorting to win-at-all-costs tactics. Even the most ardent purists would surely forgive a few grinding 0-0s on the way to a Champions League final or two.

At 14/1 Simeone does offer some value, but whether he could be persuaded to swap the Spanish capital for the English one is another matter given his current contract runs until 2018.

Patrick Vieira – 16/1 with Betfair

How Arsenal have missed Patrick Vieira’s drive and leadership on the pitch in recent years! Perhaps the man who played 279 times for the Gunners between 1996 and 2005 could lead them to greatness from the dugout?

It is not out of the question that Vieira could one day land the manager’s job at the Emirates, but for us it is far too early for him. Having cut his coaching teeth with the youth team and then reserves at Man City, he may have learnt a lot. But his only senior coaching role to date is his current one at New York City FC, and with a win rate of just over 40% at the time of writing, he’s hardly set the MLS alight.

In short, the time is simply not right for Vieira and we feel he’ll need to prove himself in the cut and thrust of English football before he gets the chance to manage Arsenal.

So, who will be the next Arsenal manager?

While some Arsenal fans might not like it, we think the value lies with backing Eddie Howe to be the next Arsenal manager. If he can lead his side to a strong finish to the current Premier League season and finish somewhere approaching mid-table, he will have shown the Arsenal board enough to tempt them. So get your bets on Howe now, before those above him in the betting rule themselves out, and cash in when the Bournemouth man moves into the Emirate hot seat.

Analysis and odds provided by FootballBettingHub.com.

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18 thoughts on “Next Arsenal Manager: The Top Five Candidates to Replace Wenger

  1. Disturbance

    I’d get Simeone or Allegri out of that list, I’d get anyone over Arsene anyway, but first and foremost Wenger is not leaving. Until you hear it confirmed out of his own mouth and then written on Arsenal.com don’t get your hopes high.

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    1. ThirdManJW

      I agree with you, I would take anyone over Wenger! If I had to choose though, I would aim for the best, and that is easily Simeone. I like the look of Allegri, but it’s not exactly difficult to be successful managing Juventus, at a time when they’ve been miles ahead of any other Italian club for years, in terms of quality, and finances. The Italian league is very uncompetitive.

      Simeone has had a very small budget to work with in comparison to the other big clubs, and keeps losing his best players. Despite this, he’s won, and has kept Atletico very competitive even when not winning. In my opinion, he’s been the best in Europe over the last 4/5 years.

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    2. Tidan2

      Anyone? Really? Jesus, if we put you guys in charge, we would be a mid table team in 4 seasons.

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  2. Pablo Picaso

    Thomas Tuchel is still my man.

    I love his high tempo and fearless playing style. With our resources I am sure he would build a good squad plus he has an eye for talent.

    – Diego is going to Inter or will stay at Atletico until the stadium is done.
    – Howe would be another David Moyes (high risk).
    – Viera – not fully ready for the job.
    – Allegri might want to remain with Juve who are currently a level above us.

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  3. Break-on-through

    I don’t like idea of Tuchel at all. Wenger is still a better manager than he is, he would be just pleasing the fans who are bored from the stability/consistency of where we’re at now. I’d fear falling back with this dude at the helm. Klopp we missed out on, but now I wouldn’t want a cheaper version of the man. And Klopp himself hasn’t taken to the league like Conte has, granted, better players at Chelsea.

    Vieira, if we’re not careful we’ll lose him to city. I think you’re right he needs more experience. I’d like to see him go to Italy to learn tactics and defensive discipline. He learned attacking football under one of the masters of the game when it comes to attack. He’ll need to brush up on tactics and such because he wouldn’t have gotten enough working with Arsene for so long. Or else a popular view might be to bring him in as a no2.

    Allegri and Simeone, I’d be happy with either one, but I won’t lie, if I had a choice of having a competing team with either attacking football or defensive football, I’d choose the attacking one.

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  4. Break-on-through

    The fans who say that they’d take anyone over Wenger. This is naive thinking. The reason why the Arsenal job looks so good for every manager is because Arsene has set things up nicely. Everything’s in place for a manager to succeed. Pep wanted the Arsenal job. Wenger not winning in so long makes it a good destination too, someone can make a real name for themselves. If the wrong man comes in making rafts of changes well then a nice job can all of a sudden become a huge freaking job. The fact we are consistently a couple of steps behind the eventual champion is why the job looks so good, then lack of trophies, facilities, the academy, the freedom with free reign to rule. We don’t want all that going to the wrong man, he could set us back years, back into Liverpool territory.

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    1. ThirdManJW

      The reason why the fans would take anyone over Wenger, is simply this…2 FA Cups in 12 years! That is completely unacceptable for any top club.

      To some extent, I agree with you about Wenger having certain aspects of the club in place to help the next manager to be successful, but the next manager will still have a lot of problems to sort out because of Wenger as well:

      1) Wenger has instilled a losing mentality at Arsenal, and you can see it in the players performances. No fight whatsoever! It’s a culture of failure at Arsenal because of Wenger, that the next manager will have to battle to turn around. The players have had it so easy under Wenger that they may not respond to a ruthless manager, but a ruthless manager is what is needed.

      2) Training methods need a complete overall, and the most probably the fitness and medical team. Not even halfway through the season, and Wenger was already saying his players were struggling physically, so clearly something is not right. Every season we have an injury crisis under Wenger.

      3) A lot of deadwood needs to go, but it’ll be tough because of their inflated wages. Wenger has kept some around for so long, that they’re now earning top money for players of some low ability. Also, the entire wage structure needs adjusting.

      4) Every transfer window is a complete joke, so much so, that we go into every season really under prepared. More focus needs to be put on strengthening the weak positions of the squad, and getting players that actually fit the system the manager wants to play.

      I felt these are some of the key areas that need sorting out, but there are other areas that need changing as well.

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    2. Arsenal_Girl

      Everything was set up nicely for Wenger when he came in 1998
      The best defense in the PL was here before he came
      Viera was signed before he came
      Wenger inherited many players

      Since Viera, Wenger hasn’t signed a Top DM
      Wenger has never built a complete Top Defense with us
      Before Cech/Ospina, we had Szczesny, Fabianski, Almunia

      Also the next manager is NOT set up nicely
      We need:
      2 RBs (with Jenkinson and Debuchy leaving)
      1 LB
      1 Top DM
      1 Top forward (2 if Alexis leaves)
      Maybe CAM if Ozil leaves
      There is a lot of work needed

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      1. Samuel Akinsola Adebosin

        Why is there so much hurrying in the debate telling Le Prof to leave Arsenal at the end of this season by some Arsenal supporters? Can’t they be patient or be debating on the matter in a calmly fashion without any ill feeling towards Le Prof? And moreover, has it been confirmed that Arsenal can no longer win the Premier League title they are still competing for to win this season which has been at the heart of this agitation telling Le Prof to leave Arsenal when he himself has said that he can still work at Arsenal for another four years to come?

        Arsenal season this season is still in place as they are still in three competitions competing for honours. No club yet has won any of the three titles available for winning which Arsenal are competing in them, and Arsenal still have a chance to win any of the three or even win the treble altogether.

        As the faithful followers of Arsenal which we professed to be, I think we should all be praying for Le Prof and the Gunners to have a remarkable telling success in their remaining matches in all competitions this season. @Arsenal Girl, Was Vieira signed before Arsene Wenger arrived at Arsenal?

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      2. Tidan2

        Wenger came in 1996… Before him, we came in 10, 4, 12, 5. After him, we came in 3, 1, 2, 2 and established ourselves as a team never outside the top 4.

        Man U and Tottenham had the best defense last season… Completely meaningless when you only look at goals conceded which is what you did.

        It’s one thing to say we need to move on; it’s another to dimish his success just because you want him gone.

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  5. Dee@ease

    Once Wenger said he will be managing next season somewhere else or here it became clear to everyone that he’s staying at Arsenal so let’s not waste our time with managers who aren’t coming!

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    1. Fatboy Gooney

      Exactly mate 👍
      So Just sit back and watch the delusion sheeple carrying on with their fantasies. 😉

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  6. Samuel Akinsola Adebosin

    Why is there so much hurrying in the debate telling Le Prof to leave Arsenal at the end of this season by some Arsenal supporters? Can’t they be patient or be debating on the matter in a calmly fashion without any ill feeling towards Le Prof? And moreover, has it been confirmed that Arsenal can no longer win the Premier League title they are still competing for to win this season which has been at the heart of this agitation telling Le Prof to leave Arsenal when he himself has said that he can still work at Arsenal for another four years to come?

    Arsenal season this season is still in place as they are still in three competitions competing for honours. No club yet has won any of the three titles available for winning which Arsenal are competing in them, and Arsenal still have a chance to win any of the three or even win the treble altogether.

    As the faithful followers of Arsenal which we professed to be, I think we should all be praying for Le Prof and the Gunners to have a remarkable telling success in their remaining matches in all competitions this season.

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    1. Fatboy Gooney

      😂😂😂 What a happy go lucky chap 👀
      Around this time last year, you were predicting that Arsenal will win the quadruple 😝

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  7. Fatboy Gooney

    What price is Wenger to still be in charge? 😂
    That’s the safest bet, if you ask meeee 😮👉💰💰💰

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    1. arsenalfan1

      There seems to be some confusion here, so let’s be clear about one thing, it is in the best interests of Arsenal for Arsene to leave the club.

      It’s not about continuity, Chelsea have proven that. It’s not about financial fair play, ManC have shown that. It’s not about putting purist football before winning, ManU have demonstrated that. It’s not about money and resources, Leicester have disproven that hoary old excuse long used by Arsene the dope to cover up for his repeated mistakes.

      Someone like Simeone is needed as a antidote for the poisonous incompetence that our Arsene was woven into the fabric of the club over the last 10 years and more. Hiring Howe would be akin to ManU hiring David Moyes.

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  8. N4NICOLAS

    Wenger isn’t going Anywhere, he’s going to break hearts again next season and the season after.. am just going to sit back, relax and watch.. no more heart breaks for me.

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