Respected journalist and insider on Arsenal Football Club David Ornstein has stated that the board and executives have been praised for the work being put into finding Arsene Wenger’s successor.
The Gunners have a huge task at hand to bring in a new boss after 22 years under the reign of the Frenchman, and many expect a transitional period of struggles following his departure.
They are said to be confident of finding their next manager before the beginning of the World Cup next month, and while there is plenty of speculation about who that man will be, a decision certainly doesn’t appear to have been made as of yet.
David Ornstein has now insisted that the club are doing commendable work as they seek out the perfect candidate for the job moving forward, and adds that Mikel Arteta is amongst those in with a chance of the role.
‘My sense from speaking to people inside and outside the club is that Arsenal are conducting a very detailed and diligent recruitment process,’ claimed Ornstein.
‘Those with direct and indirect knowledge have commended the way in which the Gunners hierarchy are going about their business.
‘They seem acutely aware of how important a decision this is, but also that it is complex, could well divide opinion and brings with it no guarantee of success.
‘Their priority is to make the right decision, rather than a quick one, though time is obviously of the essence given the World Cup starts in fewer than five weeks and the transfer window, which opens on 17 May, closes on 9 August.
‘The favourite for the job with bookmakers and many fans and pundits is Allegri, but Arteta is firmly in the mix, and although these two appear to be the frontrunners, I get the feeling other names are in the frame.’
Could we really be set to hire an inexperienced manager like Arteta? Should Wenger’s immediate successor be a long-term option or short-term solution?