So this was Arsene Wenger’s last working day as Arsenal manager, and although the players were very keen to give their boss a great send off with a convincing win, the actual 1-0 result doesn’t mean anything in the grand scheme of things.
Of much more interest to fans is who is going to be his replacement, and with Wenger cleaning out his desk on Thursday, we were all hoping that the new guvnor would be appointed very quickly and get working towards getting prepared for a fast start next season.
There have been numerous rumours saying that Max Allegri has already agreed to take over, and others saying that Mikel Arteta is in the driving seat and will be bringing in a big team of ex-Arsenal players to make up his team of coaches and assistants, to join the ones we already have at the club. The latest reports saying that Pep Guardiola has promised to back Arteta if he decides to return to the Gunners has added more fuel to that particular rumour although the possibility of Arteta’s arrival seems to have divided the Arsenal fanbase.
But according to David Ornstein, who is widely acknowledged to be the most reliable journalist regarding Arsenal matters, the Gunners are still nowhere near making a final appointment, despite the numerous rumours to the contrary.
He tweeted yesterday….
Arsenal not close to appointing new manager. No agreement yet on chosen candidate, negotiations at relatively early stage, thorough process ongoing, next week looks unrealistic. Once decided, IG/RS/SM will present recommendation to #AFC board. Arteta among names being considered
— David Ornstein (@bbcsport_david) May 12, 2018
Judging by the consensus of Arsenal fans, most would prefer an established successful coach like Allegri, but we are more likely to get the inexperienced Mikel Arteta who will have some big shoes to fill. But at least he is fully aware of the Arsenal setup and would require no settling in period. I personally will back whoever is appointed and we will forever cheer on the Arsenal no matter who is in charge of the team.