Is Luis Enrique the right man for Arsenal?

The latest Arsenal rumours are suggesting that Luis Enrique, the former Barcelona manager, is looking to replace Arsene Wenger at Arsenal rather then take over from Antonio Conte at Stamford bridge, and the reason given is that he would prefer the chance to have a long term project with the Gunners instead of the instant success demanded by Roman Abramovich at Chelsea. The Blues are hardly renowned for keeping their managers in situ for more than two or three seasons at a time.

Conte is expected to be moved on this summer, whereas Arsene Wenger is adamant that he will stay for at least one more season to ‘respect his contract’, but if the Gunners fail to make the Champions League once again Le Prof could be forced to step down in June.

But is Enrique the right man for Arsenal? The ex-Barca and -Real Madrid started his managerial career in 2008 with Barcelona B and, three years later, moved to Roma where he was unsuccessful in his only year in Italy. He then returned to Spain in the 2013–14 season and managed Celta Vigo for just one season again and took them to 9th place in La Liga, but he helped Barcelona to win the title by beating Real Madrid with Celta.

he then returned to Barcelona and despite a rocky start, he went on to win the ultimate treble of the Champions League, La Liga and the Copa Del Rey in his first year and the domestic double in his second. After only winning the Copa Del Rey (a hat-trick) in his final season, he then announced he would step down at the end of his contract, and decided to take a year’s break from football….

Now it seems he wants to come back next season to manage in the Premier league and you can’t knock a man that has won the Champions League. Maybe he is now ready to take up a long term appointment to bring Arsenal back to the top where they belong. The Gunners have already brought in Raul Sanllehi from Barcelona and perhaps he could be the catalyst to persuade Enrique to join our new project?

Would Arsenal fans be happy if Enrique replaced Wenger?



  1. Arnold says:

    Arsenal need Enrique, wenger is thing of the past whether he likes it or not he had his time and did a lot of good things for Arsenal football club but now he needs to realise football has changed a lot and we need new ideas not just the bucks stop to single person that doest work and has proven for over 10 years now.

  2. Guneal says:

    Anyone but wenger is the right man for Arsenal

    1. Gooner Craig says:


  3. Scubagooner says:

    I would risk it. Barca type football and hopefully some fresh ideas. I think we need a coach that like klopp will run the touchline and let the players know when they are not up to standard.

    1. muffdiver says:

      ur buzzing barca cpaches itself alot of the time

      trios like msn
      or xavi iniesta messi
      we aint got there squad
      enrique didnt bring nothing that wasnt already there

      plus raul dont get on with him

      1. Midkemma says:

        Messi is part of MSN.

        Enrique managed Barca from 2014-2017.
        Suarez was bought in 2014.
        Enrique was hired about 2 months prior to Suarez arrival.

        Suarez was already there at Barca? LOL! Well, he must have been if Enrique didn’t bring anything…

        You are aware that Enrique beat Pep for points per game during their time in charge of Barca?

        1. Muff diver says:

          How’s things in the African continent mate ?
          I hear u but even with Suarez arriving early in his reign still had best player in history xavi neymar pique alves Alba list goes on

          Just nitpicking now lol

          1. Midkemma says:

            Don’t know, never been to Africa.
            How’s school? Oops, you never been to one. You is the word, u is a letter, get an education.

            Those players was so great that Tito and Martino both won the UCL with Barca right?

      2. Kenny Rolfe says:

        Your right Muff, like the Invincibles didn’t need coaching. Allegri or Simeone for me.

  4. pires says:

    Why not

    1. muffdiver says:

      said like a real leader lol
      …yeah why not. u know…got two legs..can read…looks like my uncle
      why not

      1. Midkemma says:

        You got not idea yourself so STFU n00b.

        1. Muff diver says:

          And they say aob’s are rude lol
          Jeese u low on protein mate ?

          1. Midkemma says:

            I aint a AoB or a AKB, I’m a Arsenal supporter.
            You haven’t shown any knowledge about Enrique.
            If you had then you would at least respect how he turned a relegation team into a mid team in his 1st season then went to Barca and over his period, earnt more points per game than the oh so loved Pep.

            I was rude to you. I don’t think your comment deserved much else TBH, what was it adding other than insulting pires?

          2. Ken 1945 says:

            With you all the way.
            This isn’t the normal standard of debate though, as you are aware.
            The problem has always been that you can’t be an individual with your own thoughts.
            You have to have a label…AKB OR AOB…what a load of bull.
            Your football knowledge is exceptional even though I dont agree with all of your views.

  5. ks-gunner says:

    Mixed feelings. But Barcelona and Arsenal do kinda come from a same place, so if we are up for a gamble then he is the right person. At roma he suked, at barcelona he had messi, so well.

  6. wilshegz says:

    Pls we dnt need Enrique whatever, MSN helped him… what did he do at Celta? Roma? that was so special…
    Get me Diego Simeone… he has all we need, Not just a tactical coach, but a motivator, an highly disciplined manager that wnt keep calm when Bellerin,Iwobi,Xhaka,Cech n Co are being lackadaisical.

    1. Midkemma says:

      MSN did help him, MSN wasn’t at Barca prior to Enrique though, he worked with what was given to him. It was missing the S.

      Raul Sanllehi got the Neymar Jr and Suarez transfers done. It was Rijkaard who gave Messi his chance as well after destroying their 1st team in training. What manager should get the credit for MSN?

      Celta had not been promoted and just avoided relegation prior to Enrique, he got them to finish 9th. What did he do there? He made a relegation team a mid table team in a single season then he left.

      Do not forget that Barca went a few years after Pep and before Enrique that they didn’t win the UCL, Enrique won it for them. Barca had a couple managers in this period, Tito and Martino. I think only 1 title between them.

  7. AndersS says:

    Yes, he is one of several, that would stop our decline under Wenger and possible make us progress again. Let him start tomorrow.

  8. Midkemma says:

    Enrique should be on the short list, AFC should be looking at a few different managers but Enrique has to be one of them.

    Enrique got more points per game while managing Barca than Pep got while he was their manager.

    Barca has done a lot more right than just manager and that has shown by several of their managers doing well, Arsenal could/should learn from this and aim to improve all aspects of the club. Barca had Raul doing transfers, who thinks it is the manager at Barca that went and made signings… Now it is Arsenal that has Raul.

    It is why I would like AFC to keep working on the catalyst for change comment and hire top coaches that work for the club rather than manager.

  9. Gelz says:

    Not to sure about Enrique, Barcelona have always been a force to be reckoned with and the team was pretty much all in place before he joint. I know you can’t knock his achievements there but most managers who manage them have a good record especially when you have Messi in your team.

  10. miker says:

    I’ll be back when my beloved ???????? are back, till then. ?

  11. ThirdManJW says:

    Even NO manager is an upgrade on Wenger!

  12. John Ibrahim says:

    luis enrique won many titles with roma including the champ league….wondering why did he get sacked?

    1. Admin says:

      With Roma he won one Copa Italia. I think you mean inter Milan….

  13. Innit says:

    There are several managers who I think will do a better job than Wenger
    1. Allegri
    2. Ancelloti
    3. Enrique
    4. Low
    5. Jardim
    6. Simeone

    But this is all meaningless unless the Board steps up and forces Wenger out.

    If we win Europa, Wenger will stay at least one more season probably and even if we don’t win it, Wenger may still be allowed to stay.

  14. AWout says:

    This guy will guarantee us £10 profit every year…pls board get him now! And may I suggest free double pink gin and tonic for all members before the match.

    1. AWout says:

      I meant £100m…too cold in London gingers and everything else frozen

  15. John Ibrahim says:

    people actually forget that barcelona B plays in the second division and hence top spanish clubs always get an advantage when comes to players preparation and experience etc

  16. Opio innocent says:

    any manager is better than wenger, let him go and rest ,he had done enough otherwise we shall 4get it all

  17. Ozziegunner@Newcastle upon Hunter says:

    The important comment in this post for me, is that Arsenal (post Wenger) is an attractive proposition for high profile experienced managers, because we show loyalty and do not sack managers before they are given the opportunity to succeed. Also Arsenal have excellent facilities and pay managers well.
    In the list provided by Innit, I would replace Low with Conte; however a choice from this list would show the ambition of the board.

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