Potential managers who can take over Wenger in the summer by Konstantin Mitov
With the Europa League approaching fast and us sticking with Wenger, it’s more than likely than in 2 weeks time our season will officially be over. And with this board you never know if logic will prevail or we will let Arsene continue the destruction of Arsenal football club.
The expression of the manage’rs face on Sunday looked empty. The guy was clueless on how to influence the game, nor was he interested in doing it anyway. Worst is that everyone around him even Lehman looked exactly the same. It’s like they are afraid to tell Arsene the truth. I honestly hope the entire coaching staff and Bould leave with Wenger as well.
So if his dictatorship finally ends, I’d like to point out 5 replacements who I think would be best for us and then list 5 who are the most likely to happen according to speculations. Let’s start with the best solution in my opinion – Diego Simeone.
The guy is the complete opposite of Wenger, which makes him number 1 on my list. He’s a guy known for motivating players and turning them into lions on the pitch. He’s a master tactician, he’s always on the touchline and he’s passionate. He’s won the Eruopa League with Atletico, he’s reached 2 champions league finals and he’s won the La Liga where Barcelona and Real stand head and shoulders above the rest. It’s hard to see why he’d come here, especially after he said he wants to manage in Italy before, but we still have one of the best stadiums and training grounds in the world, and not all of our players are complete garbage, and with the right salary and given the right resources, Simeone is the best candidate all day long!
Second on my list is a manager who’s managing in the league right now and is destined to leave his club at the end of the season. Conte would be another excellent option for us, seeing how he took Chelsea from mid-tabled to Champions and despite falling out with their board, he’s a top manager, who’s not afraid to criticize the people on top of him and, image for a moment, our next manager saying the board doesn’t support me, but I wanna win”? I’d love it! It’d highlight whats wrong with the football club, instead of hiding like everyone does here. Conte’s passion on the touchline is something I really wanna see from our next manager so Antonio is number 2, although again, highly unlikely he’ll stay in England, let alone join Arsenal.
Third comes Max Allegri whose stunning work at Juventus is nothing to take lightly. The work this guy has done by taking players out of favor at clubs and turning them into beats is noticeable. He’s won numerous titles in a row, he’s built one of the most solid defences in Europe, he’s made two Champions league finals and I don’t think he needs any more praise. I’d take him in heartbeat, but unless he wants a new challenge and Arsenal is a big one right now, I hardly see him leaving.
Fourth is a manager with an arms-length of success! Carlo Ancelotti has won trophies everywhere he’s been and despite not the best of times in Bayern, he’s won the title in England, won the Champions League three times and if we want to be a top club again, we need a top manager. The guy has the class this club used to be associated with and he’s often at London so I’d take him in a heartbeat.
The last spot is shared between two people – Jardim and Tuchel. Both managers exercise exiting football and we have a massive rebuilding job. Jardim’s work with young players especially Mbappe, Bernardo Silva and Lemar has been fantastic and the links with him make sense.
Now the list of managers most likely coming starts with Joachim Low and this link always pops up when Arsenal is linked with a manager, and he’s again amongst the bookies favorites once again. For me he makes no sense as he hasn’t managed a club team in more than 10 years and despite his national team heroics including two Euro finals and winning the World Cup, I think there are better options, but of course I’d take anyone over Wenger all day long.
Next comes Thierry Henry or the idea of another former Arsenal player (like Arteta for example). While I think Thierry would command respect immediately as he’s actually won titles with this club and loves it from the heart, I think it’s too early for him to take over yet, but it might happen as he’s Josh Kroenke’s favorite for a Wenger replacement for a while now – and as we know Josh is in London for three months, so this is a possibility.
Brendan Rodgers is the third most mentioned name and while I like Brendan and I his style of football, I just don’t feel like he’ll fix the defense and command the respect some of the other people mentioned, and his demise at Liverpool after Suarez was sold reminds me of what Wenger is doing now, and we’ve sold our best players before, but there’s something about him that makes me want to give him a chance, especially after giving Wenger 10 more years than he deserves.
Apart from those three, again the names of Simeone, Allegri and Ancelotti lurk with the latest the only one that isn’t such a big longshot with the bookies, and to be honest Carlo is the best most realistic option I see right now, so will it happen? Let’s get Wenger out first, than we can enter the wonderful world of being a football club once again!