Is Arteta The Right Man To Replace Wenger?
After years of speculation and fans calling for Wenger to be sacked, the Arsenal management finally decided to fulfill their wishes. Wenger is leaving Arsenal after 22 years which were more or less successful. Arsenal has had a wild ride under Wenger’s tenure – they might have been the favorites on live sports betting sites early on, but in the last decade, the results have faltered. Apart from three FA Cup wins (2014, 2015, 2017), the team has failed to win a Premier League title since the 02-03 season when they went unbeaten for the whole season. The lack of major trophies has made many fans grow frustrated with Wenger, leading to his resignation (or was he sacked?)
As soon as Wenger announced he’s stepping down from his post, speculation about his successor ran wild. In the past few weeks, there have been rumors of many big names taking over Arsenal, with Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri allegedly the favorite. However, Allegri has since denied these rumors and confirmed he’s staying at Juventus for the next season. This has opened the door for potential new coaches and two former Arsenal players are now leading the pack.
According to Mike Phelan, former Manchester United assistant manager and Sky Sports pundit, Mikel Arteta has emerged as a favorite. Many experts are giving Arteta a nod over another former Arsenal player, Patrick Vieira. Both had successful careers at the club in the past and are now enjoying success as coaches too. Vieira is the head coach of the American club New York City, while Arteta is serving as an assistant coach in Manchester City under Pep Guardiola. Granted, that’s not exactly the ideal resume for the Arsenal job, but Arteta has been praised by Guardiola and many other coaches for his tactical knowledge.
During his years at Arsenal, Arteta was a leader on the pitch who made everyone better. He was a smart footballer with a deep understanding of the game who never let his teammates down. According to experts, he is the best heir to Wenger’s throne and will definitely preserve the Arsenal way of playing. Fans may want a manager with a higher profile, but Arteta also fits the vision of Arsenal chief Ivan Gazidis, who’s not afraid of bold moves and wants a head coach who will fit right into Arsenal’s new managerial structure. The new Arsenal head coach will have complete freedom of picking his own staff, as most of Arsenal’s backroom staff have left with Wenger at the end of the season.
No matter who sits on the throne, there’s definitely much work to be done. Arsenal needs to improve their style of play and close the tactical gaps, and it seems that Arteta is the perfect man for the job. His deep understanding of tactics and his calm style of play combined with his leadership may finally bring joy to Arsenal fans just like they deserve after so many years in the wilderness of the Top Four!.