Arsene Wenger preparing to leave Arsenal? Who would be happy with Mikel Arteta as boss?

There are growing rumours that Arsene Wenger may be willing to step down as Arsenal manager this coming summer, after breaking Alex Ferguson’s record for managing the most Premier League matches. Le Prof will already go down in the history books as the coach of the Invincibles and for winning the most FA Cups with one club, and even though Man City are making a concerted effort to go unbeaten this season, none of those landmarks are ever likely to be broken in the forseeable future.

So it could be possible that Wenger is considering handing over the reins at the end of this campaign, especially if we remain outside the Top Four and end the season without any trophy at all. The Mirror is reporting this as a real possibility and claim that the ex-Gunners midfielder Mikel Arteta is Wenger’s choice as his immediate replacement and they go so far as to say that the management have already held talks with the Spaniard about the possibility.

The 35 year-old only retired from playing at Arsenal last season, but was immediately signed up by Pep Guardiola as his assistant at Man City, and we all know how his first season is panning out as the Citizens are unbeaten so far and have opened up an incredible gap at the top of the table. I am sure the Arsenal board can only be impressed with his achievement.

Also Arteta was nurtured for 5 years at the Barcelona academy even though he didn’t break into the first team. He also enjoyed 5 years under David Moyes at Everton before playing his last 5 years under Wenger at Arsenal, where he was captain and was encouraged to start doing his coaching badges.

So he has a great pedigree and is a very popular and respected person in the footballing world, but do you think he could be ready to be the Arsenal manager next season?



  1. TongaBull says:

    Yes I would be happy…. Infant anything rather than AW is OKey for me

    1. Nayr says:


      We need someone like luis enrique or joachim loew.
      If we cant get the two diego simeone.
      we play defensive like hell…a hybrid of burnley.
      with our attacking players we would be top.

          1. Declan says:

            Arteta, good choice, young, well respected coach at city, good contacts in Spain and taught by Pep.

      1. The Defiant Man says:

        Our players are rated by everyone but Arsenal fans as the worst of top 6. Meaning we’d need a manager much better than Klopp, Pocchettino or Mourinho to break into the top 4.

  2. Durand says:

    Always trying to save a few pounds eh?
    Yeah yeah we get it, if top manager available to improve team blah blah blah. I’m sure Arteta has his strengths, but c’mon really?

  3. kev says:

    I remember how he gave his all and to me was world class in his first season.As time went on he was called useless and leaves for City and everyone’s disapppointed.If he was useless why did people care if he went to city?I thought he was of no use.This tells people that loyalty in football is a choice and not a formality to all just because they play for a club.Fans can turn their back on players even if they give their all.I thought they said doing good was a ”two way” thing.

    1. Abdulquadr says:

      What exactly are you trying to say, good to replace winger or not?

      1. Tas says:

        I canot belive the mighty Arsenal would appoint a unexperianced manager unless AW moves up and still wants control

    2. Kenny Rolfe says:

      Kroenke cost cutting, I wasn’t disappointed when he left for City, average player while he was with Arsenal, no experience as a manager, deserted us for big money, no ,bring in a top manager like Simeone, Tuchel, Loew, Enrique etc etc………..

      1. john hodges says:

        did he not stop playing before he went man city

        1. Kenny Rolfe says:

          Yeah, he did, went there for big wage from Pep

  4. gotanidea says:

    I really hope Arsenal would hire Arteta. He might struggle in his first season, like Guardiola’s first season in Manchester City, but he has a lot of experience:

    – Played for Arsenal under Wenger for several years, so he should know Wenger’s and his staffs’ mistakes and what went wrong with Wenger’s current system.

    – Unlike Wenger and Mourinho, he played for big clubs (Barcelona, Everton and Arsenal) and became their main players (except in Barcelona). He has learned from those big clubs’ systems as a player.

    – Has been learning directly from Guardiola, a top manager with entertaining football philosophy and Guardiola is a very good tactician as well.

    – He knows most of Arsenal’s current players very well, because he played with them for several years. He must know their strengths and weaknesses well.

    – He could be very motivated to bring Arsenal back to their glory, because most Arsenal fans supported him when he played. He is not a mercenary like Mourinho, Capello, Ranieri, Benitez and Ancelotti.

  5. Wolgang says:

    If Wenger were really to leave,Arsenal shd get a top ,top
    manager. There are many around .

    1. john hodges says:


  6. Sue says:

    No not for me

  7. Jack reacher says:

    I said months back arteta will be new arsenal manager but I have feeling ha be brought in as number 2 with Steve build manager and arteta take reigns if bould fails that’s my gut feeling but for me arsenal have get experience in like anchlotti but for me Luis Enrique be man challenge pep and Wagner of Huddersfield wat job he has done worth a glance our own klopp

    1. Kenny Rolfe says:

      I’ve given you a vote Jack because that’s is exactly what could happen, especially if Wenger has any input. I think it would be a disastrous move but typical of stubborn Wenger. he’ll leave with the attitude of “nobody is good enough to replace me so I wan’t Steve Bould because I taught him everything”

  8. Goonerboy says:

    I have always had this thought in mind and for me it is a brilliant idea. I love the spanish football world so much that if I were to assemble a premier league team, English players will only play in defence.
    IMO, Spanish players are so so intelligent and so are most of their coaches
    They are highly technical and tactical so for me Arteta will be a very good manager.
    The only thing he wouldn’t have is the coaching experience apart from that he has every other thing you could want in an Arsenal manager

    He is intelligent, calm, technical, and a great observer, he has learnt a lot from top managers and and top academies in Europe.

    Having said that, I don’t think he is ready for Arsenal yet he still needs more time.
    Patrick Vierra I’d given the chance might excel but I doubt it as it seems there is kind of friction between him and Wenger

    All in all, it will be very interesting to see who our next manager will be after all these years of Wenger.

    1. Kenny Rolfe says:

      So you wan’t a coach with absolutely no experience’ I don’t think that’s a good idea. This Arsenal Football Club your talking about not Stoke or West Brom

  9. Break-on-through says:

    Of the ex players, Arteta and Vieira, are the ones I’d consider. Those two and Ljungberg want to be around the training field. More time and Arteta might be a very decent manager. But there is no indicating which way it could go right now. Ive seen some of them land on their feet so soon after swapping playing for managing, however, many more have fallen flat. Some will say I don’t care anyone but Wenger, it doesn’t make sense putting all that effort and expression into wanting him gone, only to not care or think much about our next step.

  10. Simon says:

    Being the Co-driver for a year doesn’t make you a world-class driver

    His next step should be a small team, prob non Premierleague team

  11. Lance says:

    Which big team did Wenger manage before coming to Arsenal? Which big team did Diego Someone manage before going to Athetico Madrid? Yet I consider both as successful coaches. I will get Arteta a chance.

  12. Lance says:

    Diego Simeone

  13. Rob says:

    Is this some kind of joke? We need a proven world class manager to get us out of the mess we are in.

  14. Gelz says:

    With all the hiring with the backroom staff going on behind Wenger’s back, I don’t think he will have a say in the matter. This is Gazidis taking control and I hope they make a choice through footballing merit and not nostalgia. I just hope Wenger has no input or control once he isn’t manager anymore, we need a clean break and a fresh start.

  15. Jimmy Jazz says:

    In my view Coaching and tactical skills are not that important for the manager. Football is mainly about the quality and attitude of the players, not coaching at first team level or tactics despite what the MSM and the pundits try to tell us. Nowadays money to buy top players is the most important thing if we want to compete for the title. Thats far more important than whoever the manager will be. Without the money Pep, Mourinho and co would be the same as everyone else. They dont coach a youngster, they go out and buy a top player. It will be interesting to see how Foden gets on at ManC? Once you have bought he best players and get them playing with the right attitude, you will win more often than not regardless of the tactics. The best players are also usually the most intelligent from a football perspective and so they work things out on the pitch. We were good at that years ago because we had the best players. The main skill of the top managers is to obtain the best players for each position for the way they want the club to play. At the moment teams like Arsenal are fighting for the scraps remaining in the transfer market once the big clubs have had their fill. it’s possible to succeed for a short period without huge funds as Leicester proved. Dortmund did too under Klopp but it doesn’t last long. He was powerless once Bayern chose to buy his players. Hopefully the new backroom team will improve our transfer dealings. It couldn’t get any worse, but whoever replaces Wenger will find it very difficult to improve our position without a huge injection of transfer funds comparable to the top teams and sustained.

    1. jon fox says:

      Probably the most ignorant and stupid post I have ever read. To say that coaching and tactics are not important is beyond stupid. Frankly , if I wrote what I REALLY think of your lack of intellect, I WOULD NOT ONLY BE BANNED , I WOULD WANT TO BAN MYSELF. I simply cannot believe any one who considers himself a football fan, could actually say such a thing.

  16. Me says:

    Oh c’mon…
    Wenger is never going to leave – more likely he will sign another contract.
    And we have just gone behind at Forest.
    What a joke…

  17. John Rambo says:

    Coaching and tactics are not important for a manager? Haha omg i’ve not had a good laugh at someones expense for a while thanks a lot for that mr jazz.

  18. jon fox says:

    First things first. LETS FIRST GET RID OF WENGER. That alone will give a HUGE LIFT to the club. Yes of course the next manager is important, BUT if I thought Wenger would actually stand down voluntarily, WHICH I DON’T, not for one moment and all the past evidence backs me up, I would be happy to try and get fourth. As things are and believing, as I do, that we will finish 6th, many points behind 4th place, I do not even want fourth in case Wenger stays, which I believe he would be allowed to in that case. IF it did happen , it would therefore be a disaster. As would anything at all that meant Wenger stays.

  19. Avenger says:

    Mircea Lucescu
    This Romanian manager managed Shakhtar Donetsk from 2004 to 2016, guiding the Ukrainian team to every domestic trophy and the 2009 UEFA Cup. Shakhtar are now a formidable force in European football, reaching the quarter finals of the Champions League in 2011. Lucescu has won 12 league titles and 9 domestic cups during his time in Romania, Turkey and Ukraine. In 2016 he left to manage the Russian club, Zenit St. Petersburg. He currently manages the Turkish national side.

    1. Prakash Gupta says:

      He’s way too old

  20. Larry says:

    Who ever gets the job will have some job to sort out the mess.

  21. Fish says:

    Oh my old arsenal. where art thou?

  22. DANDY GUNNER says:

    Mikel Arteta as boss NO why because he is Wengers Choice and I think he will just be a Mini Me as in a Mini Wenger. Arsenal need a strong personality someone who will stand up to the BOARD.

  23. Larry says:

    Just saying remember when Ferguson left udt remember what happened and they have a lot more money than we have. So be careful what you wish for.

  24. Jimmy Jazz says:

    Top teams buy top players. Guardiolla is great at that. If he was a great coach he would go into a club and win titles using existing players. He could magically improve them. However he doesn’t do that. Nor do any of the top managers. They buy better players to improve the team. Klopp couldn’t improve his defence sufficiently through coaching so he goes out and buys someone he thinks is a better player. Coaching is important at youth level but much less so at 1st team level.

  25. Ivan says:

    I can’t see Wenger leaving but if hypothetically he did actually go then it is imperative that Wenger is not given any power over the new manager. This is absolutely critical as the control freak that Wenger is would be interfering all the time on players and tactics. Also whoever did take the job must be strong enough to demand that the board released sufficient funds (£400 mil) for the complete rebuild that is needed.

  26. Tristan says:

    i think he could be just what the club needs. when he was an arsenal player was a great mentor to the team. people want fresh ideas… arteta.

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