Pep Guardiola favourite to replace Wenger at Arsenal

Barcelona’s most successful manager of all time Pep Guardiola has Arsenal in his sights after admitting that there is very little more that he can do for the Catalan club.

He would of course enjoy a new challenge, but would he really be a suitable replacement for Arsene Wenger if he does leave the Emirates over the course of the next year?

Guardiola has been used to being offered whatever he wants to buy the likes of Fabregas, Mascherano and David Villa.

If he was chosen by the Arsenal board, the exodus of players would be huge, with him again wanting to freshen-up the squad. Guardiola released eight players within the first few weeks of his appointment at the club, including Ronaldinho, Deco and Zambrotta. It would be interesting to see who he disapproved of within the current Arsenal squad if those are the kind of names being kicked-out of that Barcelona team.

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However, one factor that is similar to that of Wenger’s reign is his use of youth talent. Guardiola promoted Sergio Busquets, Pedro and Jeffren in his first season, all of which have now become first-team regulars (although Jeffren has now left the club). Unlike other rumoured new managers such as Mark Hughes, this move wouldn’t alter the Gunners’ style but would still provide them with renewed hope of change.

The one real issue, though, is his lack of experience dealing with a team in difficulty. His time with Barcelona and Barcelona B came in periods of relative success, whilst Arsenal have arguably not been under such scrutiny in decades. Would he be able to change much at all without the Spaniard’s level of finances?

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53 thoughts on “Pep Guardiola favourite to replace Wenger at Arsenal

  1. LOLmycatsonfire

    He would be one of the very few managers that I would welcome at the Emirates. But I still believe Wenger is the way forward, at the moment.

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  2. arsenal till i die

    would be very pleased to see pep to be appointed as the manager for arsenal over ancelotti. arsenal wont be arsenal if they play different style of football if its ancelotti who’s the one to manage it.

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  3. Muyiwa

    Pep my foot! Arsene stays! He is eyeing Man U not Arsenal and so is Mourinho… However if Pep gets Arsenal and Mourinho gets Man U, you can be sure we are in for WW3 in EPL

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  4. Vir

    I think Pep would actaully welcome a move to the Emirates. He has been at a club that has dominated Europe for a few years, won countless amounts of trophies, and he would enjoy the challenge that Arsenal would bring to him. Can he bring us trophies and make a team out of us? I believe he can, and maybe with the arrival of him, we can fight for trophies again.

    BUT, can i remind everyone that Wenger “targets another 14 years,” and I don”t think our board have any intentions of sacking him…

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  5. zainkiani

    Would be more than happy if it happens..but we should also respect wenger.ArSenal fOr liFe!

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  6. GENGHiS

    Hope Wenger remains for 14 years, he has a great deal to do with what Arsenal is.

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  7. eve

    would this mean that cesc would be coming back to arsenal as one of the reasons he went to barca was the manager, dont think pep will be coming to the emirates, i hope he doesnt, i hope arsene’s with us for a long time to come, no one can replace this great man,

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  8. nicw

    He would be a great choice but would he really give up Barcelona for a club that is content to finish mid table and backs its manager by expecting him to make a profit on transfers every year. I really doubt it.

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  9. African fan.

    PLEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEASE LET HIM COME!WENGER CAN BECOME YOUTH OR ASSISTANT MANAGER,THEY WOULD BE UNSTOPPABLE!

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  10. SA Gooner

    I believe that pep would be a suitable replacement as he knows all about the passing game that we have become accustomed to at the emirates.

    He is also a manager that is willing to buy and sell players that are/aren’t needed at the club. Arsenal need to splash some cash and get rid of players that are not good enough.

    I still trust wenger at this stage, however my patience is growing thin. If arsenal were to get a new manager pep would be top of my list. (Except for jose mourinho, but we all know he wants sir alex’s job)

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  11. Bold mulualem

    Wow i dont tihgnk so dat pep is da right man 4 arsenal hes pur tacticaly & tecnicaly its gud Frank.R or G Hidnk bt am hpy b/c Aw is going wow if pep will here no 14,28,29,20 will out.come on keep da faith.

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  12. Goon in 60 Seconds

    In Arsene I Trust.

    For his loyalty to Arsenal alone he deserves our support. A living legend. Big Vibes going out to Arsene/al

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  13. toby

    at first i thought it was fantasy, why would pep leave? but the more i think about it the more it makes sense.

    peps job at barca has become fruitless, the squad cant get any better so he has no need to look for players, the team picks itself every week. theres no need for team talks or halftime bollockings. i cant imagine he has to do any real coaching or tactical work, in short the job is completely hollow, unsatisfying and unrewarding as there is absolutely nothing left at barca to achieve or improve!

    pep could well be a manager that wants to earn his paycheck and behind barca arsenal are respected across europe as the second best footballing team, well up untill last season atleast.

    of all the rumours of transfers and changes i have to say this is the only one i can see coming true, purely because for once i can see and understand the reasons behind it. still trust wenger to turn it round though.

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  14. i

    y would he leave what he has built at barca he would basically be downgrading come on people dont get ur hopes up it will never happen

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  15. snowy

    id love to know when he signed di maria and ronaldo etc!! my money would be on remi garde in 2 years time

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  16. gunner

    DAILYMAIL:Arsenal and Liverpool will fight it out to sign Chelsea’s Salomon Kalou in January.
    The 26-year-old Ivory Coast striker is in the last year of his contract and has slipped down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge.
    That could force Chelsea to sell him in the transfer window rather than lose him for nothing next summer.
    Salomon Kalou (centre) has rarely featured for Chelsea this season
    Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has been a long-term admirer and reportedly ready to test the water with a £6million bid.

    oh dear,wenger going for d rejects ????????

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  17. Malik

    fu#k pep, sack rice along with ivan “the dickhead” n give “Mr.Arsenal” (David Dien)his job back + bergkamp as our No.2 with adams/dixon/bould as defensive coach, we keep the prof n give him his ambition back, give it 3 months n a transfer window n we’ll dominate Europe n more importantly smack manure, shitty n the Spuds 4 seasons 2 come, oh how dream we’d make these changes. regardless

    Gooner 4 life

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  18. Malik

    @gunner

    y do u sound suprised, we always get the scraps n their is 1 man who keeps it that way they call him Ga-fuckface-zidis

    n people stop attacking admin this is his site n he made a mistake he got real madrid mixed up with barcelona or pep with mourinho 1 of the 2 but anyway show some respect the man is a proud gooner n posts these articles 4 us 2 discuss about our beloved club, u should all apologize 4 being so disrespectful on behalf of the people on this site I’M SORRY ADMIN

    GOONER 4 LIFE

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  19. chisha

    Guys Pep is can not compare to wenger mean do u think The money Arsenal has measure to Barca no. Currently arsenal team no one gets above 100 thousand. Now u tell me

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  20. arsenalocks

    f**k u pep u even dont know anything abt arsenal n its glory…..arsene deserves to b here wid arsenal….

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  21. rud

    dont think its true, but something’s for sure, if he comes, a certain Francesco Soler Fabregas Number 4 would be gladly coming along!

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  22. Anxious gooner

    Pep has always said he would love to manage Roma, this is bull

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  23. elvi

    truth hurts guys, pep will never come to arsenal,i don’t want to see wenger at arsenal’s touch line.

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  24. French fries

    and what would actually change if pep comes? its the board thats fckin us up

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  25. jj79

    their is time for everything asene has did his own let others come and try there own style, pep deserve to be the next arsenal manager.

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  26. arsenalthegoonerz

    @malik i agree with you,why arsene hu need to b replace??the problem is the board!!training coach!!training style!!lack of confidence n motivation!!the medical team!!thats y get rid of gazidis..pat rice hd enough..bring usmanov as gazidis replacement,bring david dein as asistant..bring bergkamp..bould..keown..tony adam as back n also as training coaches..we cn improve n gt rid of useles players..squid n djourou replace with vertonghen n cahill..jenkinson loan bring baines..arshavin is getin old so bring eden hazard as hes replacement n also as nasri replacement..bring goetze..marvin martin..mvilla..that the main player we need..n f we need striker is like soldado..

    @gunner you moron!

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  27. arsenalthegoonerz

    fab wudnt jst folow pep..he want his hometown..f pep tkeover..bring abidal..dani alvez..sergio busquets..xavi..iniesta..n the awesome messi!jst this 6..fab wil cry at barca..n wana go back to arsenal..hahaha..n barca wil bcoming topic on the headline barca dooom..arsenal dominate europe..hahaha..lol..m jst kidink..dnt tke this sriously!!cus some that think they are perfect till cnt gve ourown opinion n curse me r any1 with badword..disrespectful!cnt even done mistakes..evrythng must perfect..right?@gunner??and @damorongunner??

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  28. bob

    This will only have a chance of happing if the new owner sells to the Russian and the board is put out…. so he can have the money he needs to by players

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  29. ike@Ghana

    Pep can only succeed only if Kroenke and his Board members are ready to change the club’s wage policy. If this happens and wenger is pushed to buy quality in-form experienced players, there wouldnt be any need to change manager at the Emirates.

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  30. nd

    correct me if i’m wrong but isnt kroenke richer than alisher usmanov??? but usmanov wants to spend but kroenke doesnt…how ironic

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  31. oldgun

    arsene was a great manager,but our club more important then him.its not about kicking him out,its about bringing our club forward.when viera left for juve,we dont turn to juve.when henry left for barca,we dont turn to barca too.its not about sngle person,its about ARSENAL!!

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  32. arash

    please dont make gossips.wenger is the best person for arsenal.he is the best.only wenger.in arsene we trust.

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  33. Red DB 10

    I wonder what it will take for people to actually realise that AW has run out of ideas.
    I totally understand that he deserves support for what he has done for the club and most would agree that he has our respect for what he has accomplished.
    The problem is that the situation we are in means he cannot leave the club with grace and his head held high.
    We have gone downhill too far for that now so unless things turnaround 180 degrees he will still be here regardless of how arrogant and delusional he has become.
    It’s such a shame but we are probably going to hit rock bottom and AW will not be remembered for the doubles and invincible’s alone but for dragging us into no mans land.

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  34. The Vermesacker

    Hmmm… lets see who would leave:

    Almunia
    fabianski
    djourou
    squillaci
    jenkinson
    diaby
    rosicky
    chamack
    bendtner
    vela
    denilson
    Pat rice + most of the backroom squad

    Bring on Pep :D

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  35. baba gunner

    All we need is to make sure we give Arsene our full support.pls correct me if am wrong.

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  36. gunner

    arsenal the gooners says
    “gt rid of useles players..squid n djourou replace with vertonghen n cahill..jenkinson loan bring baines..arshavin is getin old so bring eden hazard as hes replacement n also as nasri replacement..bring goetze..marvin martin..mvilla..that the main player we need..n f we need striker is like soldado..”

    u seem to talk about signings like a fantasy teaml.atleast am more realistic and not stupid enuf 2 say bring x bring y….

    oh yeah!! u said it,now wengers going 2 buy all of em lol ….wake up and smell the coffee like many ppl say here.

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  37. Anders Hansen

    I dont think Pep will come to Arsenal with the current wage and transfer policy, and besides that AW will produce results if you give him the right tools.
    Blaming Wenger for the failed signings is utterly wrong, cause he has a watch-dog hanging over him when he is trying to negotiate a deal. Besides that I think gazidis does the negotiations more than Wenger does.
    The biggest problem Arsenal has is that the 2 “top” guys comes with a back-ground in American sports. There you draft players out of college and they are bound to the club for several years. After 3 years they become Restricted Free Agents which basically means that if their current owner gives them a qualified offer they cant negotiate to other sides. Its not untill they become 28 – 30 years of age, depending on the sport they become an Unrestricted Free Agent and thus can go out and seek other employment Gazidis seems to think he can take that model with him to europe and the true game called football and emplement it here. And thats his biggest flaw really. He has never really grasped the european way of doing things.
    Gazidis is Kroenke’s man so yelling for getting rid of Gazidis only will not work. Kroenke has to go too.
    His compagny KSE runs Denver Nuggets (Basketball) and Colorado Avalance (Icehockey).He took over Avalance in 2000 and in his first season they won the Stanley Cup trophy, but since then the team has gradually become worse and worse. They lost some really good players in the next coupple of seasons after that win and guess what; he never really replaced them but tried to go the youth way. Sounds familiar?
    So in my humble opinion its not Wenger that is to blame, but mr. Kroenke and his “bag-man” Gazidis. get some in that at least will put back in what we sell players for. Cause as it is now they dont. Untill then no manager will be able to make results with Arsenal, and I say this with a heavily bleeding heart.
    Arsenal is the club for me, but we as fans needs to wake up and see who the real villans are in this and its largely Kroenke and his “Bag-man”

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  38. arsenalthegoonerz

    @gunner

    im not bein exegerate..im nt speficaly wnt ol those player n tell wenger to do so..m jst gving myown opinion on players dat we shud bring..f u dnt agree im sory..f m texting sumthng wrong im sory m nt dat perfect as u..u been arguing evrytym m posting somthng here..from the first tym im posting here..this is ur site??this is arsenal fan site..nt urs..m gona gt out of here..nly u dat hv the right to gve ur own opinion..ur trully a gunner n u knw evrythng..why dnt u tke over?..yea ur bein realistic..okay we dnt need that players..keep squid n evryone..satisfy dude?cngratulation! effU!

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  39. J.Lo

    @arsenalthegooner
    evry arsenal fan deserve to comment n be here..
    @gunner
    f u cnt acept ppl opinion r f u disagree you cn just click on the
    dislike button..stop arguing..we ol gunner in the end!stop fynding
    others ppl fault..ur nt right either ol the time..so stop arguing with
    eachother..n suport arsenal!

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  40. Marvin Wanjala

    Yes,Guardiola is good for Arsenal.For God’s sake I think Wenger should just be SACKED/FIRED now/today and replaced with any one of the following elegant and non-economical/ non-economists coaches so as to be winning trophies year in year out/ season in season out:
    Pep Guardiola,Frank Rijkaard,Guus Hiddink,Martin Keown, Frank De Boer,Louis Van Gaal,Marco Van Basten,Ruud Gullit, Dick Advocaat,Carlos Dunga[Brazil],Hassan Shehata[Egypt's immediate former national team coach],Bert Van Marwijk[Netherlands' national team current coach],Marcello Lippi, etc.

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  41. Moses Annan

    From the way Arsenal plays/Arsenal’s style of play,I think and am very sure before God Frank Rijkaard and Pep Guardiola are just the right people who should coach Arsenal to make Arsenal to be winning trophies every year/ season.This is because these 2 coaches’ style of coaching matches very well with Arsenal’s style of play!

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  42. elvi

    u guys are sick, first kick out the man who we don’t need.
    there are many better manager who can make arsenal royal club.

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  43. Bendt

    Get him he is so similar to Arsene but better tactician and he can buy players.

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  44. Clarence Bywaters

    Yes,Guardiola and Frank Rijkaard are just the right people/ coaches who can make Arsenal to be winning trophies every season/year because these 2 guys’[Guardiola and Rijkaard] style of coaching match very well with Arsenal’s style of play/game style.

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