Leicester boss warns Arsenal fans to expect struggles after Wenger

Leicester City boss Claude Puel has warned that Arsene Wenger’s departure will be followed by difficulties, but he hopes Arsenal will reach a strong level again in time.

The Foxes are set to host the Gunners at the King Power Stadium tonight, and ahead of the match the home boss revealed that replacing a man like Wenger would be a struggle, and likened the chore to that of Sir Alex Ferguson’s departure in 2013.

“I hope for them they cannot regret their choice because he has had a massive impact as manager of Arsenal for 22 years,” Puel said.

“How can you replace him?

“I think it will be a good challenge for the new manager. It is always tough like after Sir Alex Ferguson, it was tough for the manager afterwards.

“After a few years they can come back at a good level.

“But it is difficult when a club have had success like this and replace the manager and sometimes replace valuable or great players.

“It will be difficult for the new manager.

“I think perhaps the new manager or great managers will like different options or possibilities to start his work.”

As we eagerly await a decision to be made on who will take up the helm following Wenger’s exit, we are all more than aware of the transitional period which will likely come, with the club having to adapt to a number of changes.

Other clubs in recent years have changed backroom personnel a number of times, and are well adept to such, but it remains to be seen whether our board have the know-how to get things right.

Do we trust the Kroenke’s and co to make the right decision? Will we become another club who changes coach every few seasons now? Is it possible to succeed with a long-term manager at this date in time?

Pat J

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  1. gotanidea says:

    Arsenal could struggle, because they don’t have an established system. MU also don’t have it yet, but Liverpool are trying to change things with Klopp and Man City with Pellegrini/Guardiola

    Therefore the new manager should be given at least two years until he can show us some entertaining football shows and well planned open play goals

    Guardiola failed in his first season, Klopp still has not got any major trophy yet after three years and Sir Alex Ferguson only got his first Premier League trophy after six years

    1. jon fox says:

      Yes, it always takes time when any new manager is left a cupboard relatively bare of real top talent, apart from around 5-6 players. Not much to leave after 22 years and WENGER INHERITED BETTER THAN HE HIMSELF LEFT BEHIND HIM.

  2. Simon Williams says:

    Think we will have easier transition than Man U-

    I believe we have a good squad. Couple of bad seasons gives the opportunity for new coach to improve

    Harder to come in after a great season.

    Target 1 – back into top 4.
    Then assault on the summit

    1. Arsene is Out says:

      We will probably have an easier time than Manu because our bar is not as high. Fergie left after 3 Pls in 5 years. We havent won one in 15. So it’s not the same

      1. Break-on-through says:

        Fergie’s achievements are ridiculous, like seriously nobody could follow after that man, not even Pep.

  3. Phil says:

    Yeah the new Manager has a hell of a job in front of him getting us up from SIXTH place in the League.

    1. Arsene is Out says:

      If its Arteta dont bet on 6th place either.
      Damn I really want Allegri
      Allegri: “I am happy for those who have spectacular football, but if I want a spectacle then I’ll go to the circus. I want three points.” ?

      1. Arsene is Out says:

        Max Allegri:

        4 Serie A titles
        2 Supercoppa Italiana
        3 Coppa Italias
        2 runners up medals in the UCL
        3 Serie A Coach of the Year

        Mikel Arteta:

        1 MacBook and iMovie subscription
        1 Excellent MS Office skills
        Gave interview to Arsenal about playing expressive football
        from chiefopanos


          He’s a good manager no doubt but you also have to remember that juve is the best team in Italy by far, they were winning before he got there and they will continue to win the league. Italy is one horse race.

          1. Arsene is Out says:

            More than anything two CL finals are very telling.

          2. Ken 1945 says:

            Strikes me that you have just described our premier league table situation this year.
            Or it could even be the German or Spanish league!
            Not to mention PSG in France.

          3. Ken 1945 says:

            Sorry, but I should have added that that is the reason we, as gooners, need to give our new manager time to bring his style of pla, his players and most of all, our support for the next, say, three years, especially if he/she hasn’t managed in the premier league before?

          4. jon fox says:

            Not historically it is not. Not at all like the Scottish PREM with Celtic and a long time ago, Rangers too. There are several other huge clubs in Italy with money and resources and a large fanbase. His making them look second rate is mainly down to his sheer managerial quality. Ferguson did the same in our PREM, til Wenger came along to change things for around 8-9 years.

  4. CorporateMan says:

    It depends on who we bring in as manager. I believe that the spine for success already exists in this team, especially with the addition of Mkhitaryan and Auba. We just need a few more additions and a manager who can make the team play to their potential on a consistent basis. But if we go the usual Arsenal way of experimentation and dilly dallying, then it would be same old.

    1. Arsene is Out says:

      Allegri and 4 new players and we are at least a top 4 team.
      If we get Meyer for free and a top DM like Fabino or Jorginho around 50M+ then we can sell Xhaka or Jack if Allegri doesnt want him and recoup about 20Mil. So we could if we are smart end up with two top midfielders for around 30-40M. Add Leno to that for 22M and all we need is a top CB to compete.

  5. Al says:

    I think Wenger under achieved with the players at his disposal. He neglected the defensive side of Arsenal and has been found out. I will not miss him. I fell in love with the defensive style of the George Graham teams, so if we could get the right balance with the next manager, it will and should surely be an improvement. It could be Arsene who in the next couple of years.

  6. Ken 1945 says:

    I wonder if he warned the Leicester fans regarding the doom and gloom scenario about to descend when he become their manager?
    One would think his worries were about his own clubs situation, but there you go.
    It seems every Tom, Dick and Harry knows exactly what will happen once our new manager is announced.
    That’s before we even know ourselves.
    The players in rumour mill is rife, so it seems that we are active in that area.
    If we hit the ground running next season,I see no reason at all why the struggles anticipated should happen.

  7. Grandad says:

    Funny how Managers of other Premier League teams are suggesting Arsenal will struggle post Wenger. They are of course being diplomatic and respectful for what he achieved for the club in the earlier part of his stewardship, but deep down i suspect they all know that under new strong Management, arsenal may no longer be a soft touch.


      Exactly! I sense fear from these managers. Arsenal is back .

  8. st sass says:

    does that mean we should wait till Wenger dies, even that we will surely need a replacement. I thank God it has been imminent.

  9. Ken 1945 says:

    It could, of course, be that they, as professional premier league managers themselves, actually believe that.
    Time will tell of course.

  10. Break-on-through says:

    Admin, you should put up Friar’s remarks on the budget when there’s a good bit of traffic in here. I always felt the board left it all on Wenger’s head, and he himself had to make out it was a choice more so than hands being tied because confidence could then take a hit right before a season starts etc. But not a word out of the board, only now he comes out and owns up to it just when Wenger’s gone. Soon as we had money to spend is when they should have put things straight. Weak move by our board.

    1. Ken 1945 says:

      Isn’t that what a lot of us have been saying all along?
      But it was ignored or disputed by others.
      Admin…it would make a good topic if you did put up everything regarding money available before Arsene left and what is being said now by members of the board.
      OT. Season ticket renewals are just out: £380 for my seat….so there are some advantages for being an old fossil !!!!!

      1. jon fox says:

        Ken , I would respectfully request that you read my full rebuttal of your accusation against me of not being a true supporter, which I deeply resent, as it is a clear lie and, what is more, you well know this fact. I posted it on the previous (and same thread) as your insulting post to me and another person, on the Arsenal away form headline(earlier today). I am sad beyond words and had thought you, wrongly it seems, much bigger than writing this ludicrous comment.

        1. Durand says:

          Arsene himself said Gazidis wasn’t involved in player transfers, quoted from November 27 2017 in ESPN article. So players were previously chosen by Wenger in previous windows. Obviously no longer the case with Mavroporas and Aubamayang transfers.

          Not sure about available funds tho; I only recall board member ( sir chips i think) said several years ago Arsenal could afford anyone except Messi or Ronaldo.

          I really don’t trust the lot of them, and only in last few months have started to believe what Ivan says. He made his catalyst for change speech, was roundly mocked (by me as well) and then proceeded to bring in best scout, Sven, and best DOF with Raul.

          That’s a great start, but how he finishes with new manager will be how he is judged.

        2. Ken 1945 says:

          Jon, The reply is now there.
          Admin explained that I used the word pr****d and the whole thing was sent to the bin.
          Look forward to your reply and just out of curiosity, who was the “another person” you refer too?

  11. AndersS says:

    Well, we ill officially have the worst season in 20 years no matter, what happens in the last 2 games.
    So I think there is every reason to believe a new manager can do better.

  12. Innit says:

    Sure. If we don’t sign a top manager like Allegri, Ancelotti, Enrique etc and get someone like Brenda or Buvac then we could have a Moyes type season. Even if we do sign a top manager Kroenke could make funds limited.

    Wenger had caused a lot of damage. We have too many average players and not enough top players and the the top 5 teams who are already ahead of us our going to get even better

    We have a huge mountain to climb

  13. Sue says:

    AMN & Kolasinac tonight ?

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