If Wenger leaves Arsenal……. Ancelotti or Brendan Rodgers?

There are many people, including lots of Arsenal fans and ex-Gunners, that are making it clear that our recent performances show that Arsene Wenger’s time at the Emirates should be terminated as soon as possible, but who should be his replacement?

A lot of punters have been tipping Thierry Henry and Mikel Arteta, but their inexperience would make it a very difficult first job for either of them, and maybe they should prove themselves elsewhere first.

One top manager that is free at the moment, and is very keen on living in London, is the Italian Carlo Ancelotti, who is one of the most experienced men around. Lois Langton, chair of the Arsenal Independent Supporters’ Association believes he would be a popular choice amongst Arsenal fans. “I think that many supporters would say, if asked, that Ancelotti would be the stand-out candidate in the event that the current manager steps down,” she said.

“He has the status, nous, expertise and experience of the Premier League and you would like to think would bring with him the defensive and tactical acumen that would address some of our long identified problems.

“What we witnessed at Wembley was the culmination of years of arrogance and stubbornness.

“The solution is blindingly obvious and it is painful to watch what is happening to our wonderful club.

“For the sake of our football club, the board must grasp the nettle. Nobody is denying what he (Wenger) has achieved for the club but that cannot be used as a self-serving justification to prevent change.”

She is definitely keen for Wenger to go it seems, but there is another candidate that is a little closer to home, as Brendan Rodgers could be available as well. The Nortern irishman took Swansea to the Premier League for their very first time and dragged Liverpool up to challenge for the title themselves recently. He then took over his childhood team Celtic, and led them to an Invincible Treble last season and is on course to complete another clean sweep in his second season.

The TalkSport and Sky presenter said recently: “Surely Brendan Rodgers would be the perfect fit for Arsenal. It would be the perfect time for him. Would Brendan not be wasting his time spending another year in Scotland?

“I think he’d be wasting his time staying at Celtic. He’s won everything. He’s proved himself up there.”

He would certainly be a promising candidate and is still young at 45 despite being very experiened. I think he could be worth a go….

What do you think?

Tags Carlo Ancelotti Rodgers Thierry


    1. Gunner22 says:

      Arsene Wenger all day, he just took us to a cup final only to be ruined by some pathetic decisions on the pitch which were not in his control.he wanted to ship out mustafi to Inter, Sanchez and ozil but people raised a hue and cry and everyone knows the outcome.Just have patience and trust in the man, he’s here to deliver

      1. Adega Olatunji says:

        Off point

      2. Ray says:

        GET REAL!!

      3. O'Blk says:

        Too bad there’s no thumbs down button. You’ll break the record here.

      4. AndersS says:

        You would have to be a Spurs supporter to wish AW to stay at Arsenal 🙂

      5. Thomas says:

        I agree with you give him his go

      6. Thomas says:

        That is let wenger stay

      7. Beaveraldinho says:

        Wenger over Rogers and Ancelotti all day! These guys are clueless.

    2. Lupe says:

      Best options (won multiple trophies, command respect, huge reputations, tactically brilliant, bring motivation and belief): Diego simeone,massimilliano allegri, carlo ancellotti, luis enrique.

      Good options (won only few trophies expect for silva who has actually won in different countries, good reputations, command respect, tactically brilliant, bring motivation and belief): Thomas tuchel, maurizio sarri, marco silva, leonardo jardim

      Bad options( Haven’t won much, ok reputations but not big enough for arsenal, would not command the same amount of respect as the better mangers, ok tactically, ok motivations) : Eddie howe, brenda rogers, ralph hasenhuttl

      I don’t want mangers that would not command respect from this bunch of lazy players. Coaches like brenda rogers, eddie howe and ralph hassenhuttl aren’t poor mangers but we need to go for winners. People like viera, henry or formal players with inexperience should not be considered because we need a proper manger to follow wenger due to how long he has been in the job, maybe they can come in as coaches or potential future managers but definitely not now. The most important thing is to not make the same mistake man utd made by appointing david moyes to replace sir alex, even ferdinand said they just didn’t respect or believe in him enough to perform for him. So our future as a club hinges on a very good manager appointment. I hope they make the right choice by sacking him at the end of the season and appoiting someone else. Screw it, i will take anyone instead of wenger ?

      1. h john says:

        why pay 9 mill for a manager when your team isn’t gonna get in the top four, arsenal are a midtable team probably best to know your place and not waste money trying to compete with the big teams in the league

  1. Kenny Rolfe says:

    With respect, I think we’ve got to set our sights a bit higher than Brendon Rogers. Two choices for me, Massimilliano Allegri or Diego Simeone. Don’t worry, the Premiership and £9 million year, they’ll come.

    1. Barry Gillespie says:

      As a Celtic supporter I’d prefer to see him stay until we win 10 in a row (all you who write off the Scottish league, fair enough, but this is legacy, and a real draw for a Celtic fan such as Rodgers.) He nearly did win the league with Liverpool. Closer than Van Gaal/Moyes/Klopp (so far) have gotten. That said, this season Man City would have swept aside most EPL winners.
      To say that he isn’t capable of winning the league with Arsenal, is fair, but is anyone? Since the days of Campbell, Keown, and Viera, the team has lacked a cohesive spine. Despite the millions spent on what were good signings (WC Winners Mertersacker and Mustafi most importantly), they have still not found that blood guts and thunder defender who can take control, and drive a team on, been said before, they have no leaders.
      A strong foundation is where the necessity is, and Simeone is the one to provide that, and he actually listens for a bit of steel in the Arsenal ranks have long fallen on deaf ears.
      He’s got to be the front runner, he’s turned Athletico from 5-6th position teams to title winners, and sadly that is exactly what he will have to do with Arsenal because right now, that is exactly what they are.

      1. Ray says:

        You are right mate, but not being funny, the Scottish league is much different to the EPL. The pressure is greater because of the revenue and the competition. I’m sure Rogers knows all about that and probably would not want to come back anyway!?

        1. Sue says:

          Anyone can manage Celtic & look like a brilliant manager! I doubt he’d want to come back either, I defo wouldn’t want him at Arsenal!

      2. Kenny Rolfe says:

        Barry Gillespie: Barry , I did say with respect, I’m old school, I’ve got a lot of respect for Scottish football, it was the Scots that invented the modern game back at the start of twentieth century with a football system simply known as the passing game. the two greatest British footballers of all time in my opinion were Denis Law and Jim Baxter, and who can forget Billy McNeil and the Lisbon Lions but I honestly don’t think Brendon is the man for Arsenal. Again with respect The Scottish League is not the league it was in the sixties or seventies due to finance. One more point, I don’t think the English league would be much better than the Scottish League if it weren’t for the foreign players in our game.

    2. GunnerJack says:

      Still think Joachim Loew is our best bet. Should be signed up now for next season, before he guides Germany to another World Cup win and everybody wants him.

      1. Thomas says:

        He is the rest wont do

      2. RSH says:

        I think he’s the best option too, Jardim second choice. It’ll be hard to get him I agree. Chelsea, PSG (if they get knocked out this round), and possibly Real Madrid positions may both be open. Arsenal need to act now and not wait for some end of year meeting. The club has already been making backroom changes and getting ready for AW to leave, so just go through with it at this point…. but then again this board is also capable of handing out a new contract.

    3. jon fox says:

      Totally agree. I would not touch Rodgers with a bargepole, given he did not fix Liverpools leaky defence nor Celtics either , when they play against REAL opposition, ie only in Europe. The Scottish Prem is a joke and even Wenger would probably win it with Celtic who play in a one team league, effectively. I would love Ancelloti who Chelsea sacked after he won them the Double and then finished second. Par for the course with that corrupt club of course. I would also love Allegri, Simeone, Tuchel and would hope Thierry Henry would be allowed to work under ANY OF THEM as assistant manager. BUT MOST OF ALL , LET’S REJOICE THAT IT APPEARS WENGER WILL VERY SOON NOW BE TOAST . I think there is a realistic chance he may be sacked on March 16th, the morning after we exit the Europa, approx 400 hours from now. I am counting those hours down with glee and excitement.

  2. Thomas says:

    Neither and i dont think joachim loew wilm come but hes about the only guy but why are we even having this conversation competimg for 8 trophies in 8 years and won 5 thats top drawer you need atleast two years to redevelop your squad after missing champions league lets give him another year no new manager will have enough time with the team its a world cup year if we get a new guy we will start horribly it will be a tough year of wenger we will put the forces behind him to have a successful year and i see it happenong qe will spend and we will succeed

    1. ? says:

      Are you being sarcastic?

      1. John0711 says:

        No mate he’s for real another AKB pops up

        Major trophies ?

  3. Ray says:

    I think we need some of the greats in there to support a good manager. Not sure who would manage, maybe Lowe? but I would like to see Viera and Henry in there to support him whoever it is (is available).

    We need coaching staff who have been there when the Club were competitive and knew how to compete with heart, passion and soul!

    Half this lot today (except for Wilshere) do not have it in the blood!

    Arsenal need to rediscover it’s identity because this club is a million miles away!!!!

    1. GunnerJack says:

      Great point – well said!

  4. Des says:

    Brendan Rogers No No No No No please

  5. Edosu S says:

    For me ithink Rogers to take that advantage coz he is still a young guy,i think he’ll bring some development into the team may i send my regard to all football lover

  6. Roehahn says:

    I want Allegri, but doubt he will come to us.
    So, Luis Enrique for me.
    Also Leonardo Jardim,Ralph Hasenhuttl are worth a shout out.

  7. Innit says:

    Ancelloti, Allegri, Enrique, Simione. Id be happy with any manager whose name ends with “i” or “e” lol

    1. Guns Blazing says:

      How about Arsene? LOL

  8. Nayr says:

    WENGER wont resign mate.

    save the article for 2019.

    1. bran911 says:

      Hahaha very true

  9. I just saw someone on Arsenal FanTV say Eboue is better than Bellerin. ?

    1. ThirdManJW says:

      He was! Eboue was brilliant at crossing, and just as quick. Bellerin only has pace, and literally nothing else!

      1. RSH says:

        Bellerin can be world class with a better manager. His development has gone downhill by staying at Arsenal too long. Wenger is not a modern coach anymore and cant create new talent. If Hector went to Barca or City we all know he’d be amazing.

    2. Midkemma says:

      Eboue was brilliant!
      I was heartbroken to read what happened to him </3

  10. Innit says:

    I agree with Nayr. Why would anyone leave a secure £9 million per year job? I wouldn’t.

    The question is will Kroenke and board fire him. Will not making CL for 2 years in a row be enough? Do they have ambition or will they go financially safe

  11. Rashid80 says:

    Most of you are talking non sense.. Ancelotti is not suitable for us as he is so old and was struggling with bayern munich which is way better than arsenal in every aspect. Joachim Low is also not good for us since he’s managing the german national team for 12 years and they have always been good with him and without him. Plus the pressure of managing a national team is way different than the pressure of managing a club in the premier league. The best guy for us has always been klopp but we lost him anyway. So id say the best options would be Simeone, Jardim and Marco Silva..

  12. Grandad says:

    With a new German Chief Scout and with Lehman and Merts on the coaching staff next season, if I were a betting man i,d risk a few quid on Low to succeed Arsene Wenger. Rogers has proved himself with Celtic and Liverpool where he came very close to winning the EPL.He is a very capable Manager and has probably taken Celtic as far as anyone can given them Club,s meagre budget which is on a par with teams in the English Championship.That said the person Arsenal should try and acquire from Celtic is not Rogers but their left back Tierney who is arguably the best fullback in the UK.Even a respected Rangers fan like Ally McCoist has applauded his performances this season for Celtic and Scotland.He is a cut above the solid but aging Monreal and the inconsistent Kolasinac.

  13. Steve h says:

    Brendan Rogers, ha f###g ha . Wy don’t we just get Mark Hughes.!!
    Joachim low or Simone end of.ffs

  14. Vlad says:

    I’d like to say that it’s been a nice ride for me here at JustArsenal but sadly it’s not the same without thumbs up/down anymore, and the site is clearly deteriorating. So regretfully this will be my last post. I’m off to Arseblog. So long, everyone!

    1. Admin says:

      LOL Vlad, deteriorating?
      The site is getting more comments than ever since the thumbs down destroyed my server.
      Isn’t it better to talk than just see what the trolls decide to tick!
      I prefer it anyway.
      You will be missed….

      1. Thomas says:

        Well said it is better to talk

    2. Beaveraldinho says:



    Domenico Tedesco, he has done an exceptional job with the players at Schalke 04

  16. Midkemma says:

    I’m gonna still hold out hope for Enrique, he won a lot at Barca and IMO one of the few names that can attract big names still.

  17. Declan says:


  18. AJ GUN says:

    im at a stage at this point and time to welkam jus any body here from earth or where ever the hell i dnt give a damn! lets loose this old fool quick (No rogers tho’).id consider tht to be amove towards the right direction

  19. John says:

    Wenger has to agree to leave first ……or be fired……..hahaha……..most importantly I hope he knows it is time to go……….no more messianic complex……..nor verbal diarrhea excuses………Wenger out………..

    1. ALBERTOGUNNER says:

      Let’s hope he can see that his time run out. I hope he takes Xhaka with him.

  20. DANDY GUNNER says:

    Carlo Ancellotti, Brendan Rodgers NO NO NO. Diego Simeone YES YES YES

  21. The cassette says:

    What about the guy from Napoli or the Liepzig manager. Guys have been doing well for sometime now. Louw the more likely option though. My preference would be to get the Monaco guy, he did well with almost no budget. Carlo just too boring for me, i watched Man u play Chelsea the other weekend and in no way shape or form did i envy man u that day, they play some really boring football. I don’t think i’m ready for that.

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