Which path will Arsenal take when choosing our new manager?

Which Way Will We Go? by Jak Benardete

There seems to be two distinct paths in front of Arsenal at the moment. A key decision to be made by the board, are we ambitious or are we not? It is that simple.

If we are ambitious then we go for a top manager like Allegri who wouldn’t come without knowing that he has a real “project” meaning 200M to spend in his hands – or we go with a young up-an-comer like Negelsman or Viera and give them 50M and hope for the best.

Let’s look at both options shall we?

With Allegri in control and 200M to spend I think we can get the likes of Koulibaly from Napoli and Matuidi from Juve, Meyer from Leverkusen and can even stretch to Oblak from Atletico and Martial from United.. This would probably cost around 220-250M but with a few sales we could cover the difference. This would give us a formidable team for next season that with the right coaching could compete with the Manchester teams.

Gk’s Oblak, Cech

Defense: Koulibally Chambers,Hoding,Mavropanos,Bellerin,Monreal, Kolasinac, Osei-Tutu

Midfield: Matuidi,Ramsey,Elneny,Wilshire,AMN,Meyer



This team with a more defensive mindset such as 4-3-3 (no Ozil) can pretty much play toe to toe with all the other top 6 teams. And at home against teams that park the bus we can go to a more attacking 4-2-3-1 this time with Ozil. We can even play a 3-5-2 or 3-4-3 as we have the quality to adapt like Allegri likes to do.

There is the second option of a slow build with a younger head coach type manager and a transfer kitty of only 50M. In reality 50M can only buy us maybe one top player in today’s transfer market so we will need set our sites lower when it comes to some of the names.

Gk Leno or Butland
CB Evans or Soyuncu
Dm Docoure or train Meyer as one.

We could still sell Ospina but if we are not bringing in top players getting rid of Xhaka or Mustafi or Welbeck seems a little riskier. I would personally do it as I don’t think they are worth keeping around and have the funds to buy one more top player with the proceeds, but this is Arsenal and if we are taking the conservative route, we might not see too many personnel changes – at least in the first transfer window.

I know I would prefer the first option but I’m just happy that we actually have options to talk about rather than waiting another year for Arsene to leave.



  1. Nayr says:

    Jak you are very optimistic about signings.

    We have to convince allegri to come to the epl..his tactical knowledge and defensive discipline is what can help us compete with the likes of city,liverpool and utd.

    Lets hope the chance of competing with klopp.pep,mourinho and poch appeals to him.

    IF not allegri.jardim is fine.

    no need for the likes of arteta,viera…this is not 1996 to bring an unknown person and inexperinced person.

    just ask manutd what moyes did to them.

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    2. Neil says:

      Allegri I think is ideal… key for any successful team is defence and no better than an Italian to shore up ours !

      1. Malcolm Townsend says:

        Spot ON you have said it all well done

  2. Durand says:

    EPL isn’t a 2 team league anymore it’s not 1996. If they go with Arteta or PV it’s tantamount to suicide.

    Arsenal need proven manager with record of success and trophies, otherwise same players same mindset.

    I’m hoping Allegri is the guy, ticks all the boxes.

    Club not stupid ( I hope) cheaper to pay competitive salary, rather than risk upsetting fanbase and empty seats.

    Money doesn’t talk, it screams.

    1. Neil says:

      Arteta Henry or Vieira can be Allegris assistant IF he wants them but likely to want his own backroom staff.

      1. Durand says:


        I agree with you 100%.
        I would love Allegri to manage and a different ex player as assistant. Henry as assistant to learn organizing a side defensively and learning tactics from Allegri.

        When Allegri eventually leaves then Henry can step confidently into manager role with experience. I’d take several ex players honestly not that picky; just want Henry’s intelligence, attack mindedness and sheer will paired with Allegri’s organization of team and tactics.

        Now that would be a great manager for Arsenal. I know it’s dreaming, but still better than Arteta.

        1. Kenny Rolfe says:

          Ah…Dream team Durand, and DB10 to teach the youngsters

          1. gooner4life says:

            I think you are spot on Kenny Denis would be great as assistant he is a true legend.

    2. Ozziegunner says:

      ?Follow the money; price shortening on Allegri each day. Hope the bookies lose.

  3. Chiza says:

    I would have loved Julian Nagelsmann.. But like my dream predicted it could be JARDIM.. but don’t be shocked to see Allegri

  4. Sue says:

    West Brom are relegated…. ? they are sooooo boring (sorry Gibbs)

  5. barryglik says:

    Arsenal is finishing
    a long way behind 6th.
    The first season should be
    about rebuilding.
    Mertz (retiring) Koz (injured)
    Cazorla (Injured)
    Ozil 20m Mkhitaryan 15m
    Wellbeck 15m Perez Campbell.
    Put faith in our academy players
    Cech Macey Huddart
    Kolasinac T.Bola M Bola
    Chambers Mustafi Holding Mavropanos
    Niles Xhaka Elneny
    Ramsey Wilshere Iwobi Nelson Nwakali Chris Willock
    Lacazette Aubameyang Neketiah.
    Spend $0
    Profit 50m.
    Manager Leonardo Jardim.

    1. andydale says:

      Is that a wind up, Mkhitaryan will be one of our best players next season, And your team you selected would finish mid table.

    2. enda says:

      That would be great can you imagine how big and stylish stans ranch would be then

  6. John Wick says:

    Allegri is 15/8 favourite with the bookies also sky sports reckon it’s between Allegri and Enrique with Carlo Ancellotti’s name still making the rounds, I personally believe it’ll be Allegri but nothing will be announced until next week or soon after as Juve have a cup final on Wednesday play away to Roma this weekend so probably won’t wrap the league up until week after so my guess is he’ll be announced shortly after that final game! Here’s hoping ?

  7. Naija Jollof says:

    Arsenal not an interesting destination for Allegri. No UCL and only 200m available for rebuilding

    1. Ozziegunner says:

      Naija, sorry but I don’t agree. Arsenal has a lot to offer someone like Allegri: high salary compared to what he is paid at Juventus, London lifestyle, loyalty from club, with time to achieve results (not a revolving door like some clubs), opportunity to test himself against the best managers in the one league and the existing infrastructure (stadium, training facilities, current squad, youth teams, fan base, world wide appeal).

  8. John Ibrahim says:

    spending 200m? unless Usmanov is in charge…

    it will never happen…

  9. jon fox says:

    There is so much pure guesswork and uninformed speculation on who will be our manager. It is clear that most would be thrilled beyond belief if it is Allegri (Please God!!!). But no one actually KNOWS. Even the bookies have changed favourites a few times this last fortnight. And yes, it is fun to speculate but let us not lose sight of the fact that SPECULATION is all it is right now. Personally , I will wait to see and only THEN speculate what will happen after the appointment. If it is ARTETA or similar type, the fans will still be at war with the club and still more empty seats for sure. IF it is Allegri or another top proven man, then excitement will be out of control. Lets wait and see. It will not be long now.

  10. John0711 says:

    Anyone apart from arteta lol as long as we sell Xhaka I can’t think of a worse midfielder we’ve spent money on and Mustafi

  11. Arsene is Out says:

    Allegri with 200M + money from player sales and we are definitely competing next year.



    Subs: Cech-Chambers-Holding-Monreal-Jack-Elneny-Niles-Iwobi-Nelson-Lacazette-Ozil

    1. Kenny Rolfe says:

      So you think they’re going to spend £87 Million ( buy out clause ) on Oblak when there’s some good keepers up for grabs in the Premier League and £60 Million on Martial ( that will make Jose happy), when we have Lacazette. Been looking at the young Southampton keeper, Alex McCarthy, looks really good, keeping Fraser Foster out the side, then there’s Jack Butland from Stoke. The money available’s got to be be spent on a goalkeeper, defenders and a holding midfielder. As far as I’m concerned, the attack’s sorted.

      1. Kenny Rolfe says:

        Maybe a wide man.

  12. Daniel Sutherland says:

    Deluded article, why the f*** would we train a natural CAM in Meyer as a DM? And Evans? Haha, no thanks.

  13. mario says:

    Allegri is now the front runner to take over Wenger, good and fine, but let’s come to look at that, will the board back him up with huge cash, he is a tactical manager in the sense that if he spend like $250 to $300 in a transfer window have hope that Arsenal will win 2018/2019 EPL sure because the quality of players we have now and four or five he will buy will boost the time pass man city or any other time in EPL even the hole world, so let’s see what will happen next week, but Allegri is the perfect candidate for the job with 100℅ sure if board back him up with $250/300 to experience players like

    Oblak.. of ATM
    Meharez …of Lester city
    Nigollan.. of Roma
    Monalas …of Roma
    Vidal…of Bryan
    Robiot….of PSG
    Select and buy four or five players from here but Oblak and Nigollan are needed most now

  14. King henry says:

    Manager has to be allegri

    GK has to be either oblak or butland
    CB manolas or gimenez (or both would b nice)
    DM fabinho or nzonzi (or both again)

    LW a winger with pace either Lemar OR Douglas Costa maybe draxler

    Ospina mustafi kos xhaka welbeck iwobi

    The question is are the board ambitious enough to pay the money.. we shall see


  15. Grandad says:

    Whoever is appointed Manager he is faced with a team which is weak in four positions namely Goalkeeper,DMid, Centre Back and Left back.The new man will have his own ideas of who to b ring in to eliminate these weaknesses which have no doubt already been identified by Mislentat and co.Only when replacements are in place can the process of unloading begin.Most of the players currently out on loan can be released/sold for modest amounts .Others like Czec,Carzola,and Monreal are reaching the end of their careers and in my view Wilsh ere has not played well enough to justify a new contract.The real difficulty arises when we try to sell the likes of Mustafi,Xhaka ,Kolasinac who have been underwhelming to say the least.Who in their right mind is going to pay their current salaries ,let alone £70m+ ?

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