Eddie Howe tipped for Arsenal job by Wenger’s former star

Claude Puel has tipped Eddie Howe to succeed Arsene Wenger in Arsenal’s top job in the future.

The current Southampton boss Puel worked under the French boss at Monaco when Wenger led them to the Ligue 1 title in 1988, and actually spent his entire playing career with the club.

Puel managed to replicate his former manager’s credentials by helping Monaco lift the Ligue title in the year 2000, and has now followed him to the Premier League to ply his trade with the Saints.

His side are set to take on Bournemouth this weekend, and he has moved to praise the work being done by his upcoming opponent Eddie Howe, claiming he would be a great fit for the Arsenal job in the future.

Eddie has the same philosophy as Wenger,” Puel said.

“Eddie likes good technical players, like Arsene. If one day he can manage Arsenal, that would be a good choice.

“It is always important when a team has a good philosophy to keep this philosophy with the same profile of players. It is important to keep the same quality, same spirit. It is important to continue this good work.”

Howe has been linked with the Gunners job for some time now, and with Jack Wilshere having joined the Cherries on loan this season, the speculation has continued to increase.

The Bournemouth manager is now the outright favourite to come in when Arsene does finally give up the hotseat, currently being priced as short as 2/1 (3.0) for the role, with the next in the market being Ralph Hasenhuttl at a shortest-priced 8/1 (9.0).

Puel himself is also in the market at around 33/1 (34.0) which looks rather big considering the obvious comparisons between himself and Arsene Wenger, who will likely have a say in who his successor is, just as Sir Alex did for Manchester United.

Does Howe impress you? Would you begrudge his appointment?

Pat J

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  1. I really like Howe, and he definitely has potential, but we need a big name manager in charge after Wenger, and someone with a different style of football. Wenger’s tried tiki-taki for a long time, and it hasn’t worked in the slightest. Even Pep is really struggling with tiki-taka, although I am not judging him as he’s not even halfway through his first season in English football.

    Chelsea are cruising at the moment, and they don’t mince about with endless passes in midfield. They move the ball from front to back very quickly, playing long balls if needed. I wish Arsenal would be a lot more direct in their play. It would lead to more shots on target.

    This is why I want Simeone, because I think he is a perfect fit for English football. I think we have a great chance of getting him as well, as I imagine the likes of Chelsea, Liverpool, United, City, and probably Spurs, will not be looking at changing managers anytime soon.

    1. Why are fans like you so deluded?
      No big name will come and Simeone will never ever manage Arsenal F.C.
      He is Inter and Atleti through and through, he loves those two clubs.
      We need Vieira or Howe, a talented manager that has big potential to become our next Wenger.
      I don’t wanna swap managers or be stuck in a shit situation like Manure.

      1. But we don’t want a “next Wenger”! We need someone very different, and someone who can take Arsenal to the very top!

        It also bugs the life out of me how fans keep comparing Wenger to Fergi, when you mention about the situation at ManU. Now that is deluded!!! Fergi had ManU at the very top for almost his entire tenure, consistently winnng, Wenger hasn’t. Fergi is arguably the greatest club manager ever, so it’s no surprise they’ve struggled since he left. Wenger is Arsenal’s greatest manager, but he’s not great in comparison to other manager, and Arsenal have been very unsuccessful for a decade now! Fergi and Wenger couldn’t be any more different!

        Vieira is a joke of a call! He’s managing in the MLS! Would take Howe over him, but Simeone is a winner!

  2. In my opinion the Ralph Hasenhuttl one is a load of bull. When they asked him about it he said yes you are very well informed on this one, he said it was well written/reported and there has been talks between the two. Everyone knows we like to keep things hush hush, we would have asked him not to speak on this, so I believe he’s just using Arsenal’s name like so many players have done before him. Howe seems plausible.

    Liked reading what Xavi said about Alexis and Arsenal. Alexis finally recognised as one of worlds best. Something different about Arsenal this year, they have more quality and seem determined. They should not fear any team in Europe.

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