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Pep Guardiola - Holding out for Arsenal?

Not just yet, but could Pep Guardiola end up at Arsenal after all?

Thankfully Pep Guardiola has made his decision already, mercifully saving everybody from even more speculation about his future - And he has chosen to take over at Bayern Munich from next season.

Most are looking at it saying it is a real 'snub' for English football, and proof the German game is on the up and ready to overtake the Premier League.

Another way to look at it, is that there weren't any jobs going that he fancied.

Chelsea and Manchester City were both 'ready made jobs' for him, but too high-risk. His reputation stood to take a battering especially at Chelsea if he took off to a bad start, given Roman Abramovich's trigger-finger tendencies.

Manchester United and Arsenal are far 'safer' jobs for him, but even at United the pressure would be immense to replace Sir Alex Ferguson, who has won it all. We're sure Guardiola could handle it, but whoever replaces Sir Alex is in many ways on a hiding to nothing, especially considering he only wants to retire on a high. And that's it, the job wasn't going just yet, so while it still may be an option for him, he will have to wait.

Another job which will certainly appeal to him is the Arsenal manager's post. Like United, it wasn't likely to be vacant this summer, so the option was never really on the table for Guardiola.

The Spaniard spoke yesterday on how he had every intention of managing in the Premier League later in his career, but you can bet it won't be with Chelsea for if he wanted it, he could have been there from next season.

Arsenal will one day be searching for a successor to Arsene Wenger - and the 'Wenger Out' brigade tends to grow by the month. The problem is right now a lack of suitable candidates to replace him.

Wenger isn't ready to leave just yet, indeed his current contract does not expire until 2014. The boss has said he will address his future nearer the time.

It isn't likely Guardiola will stay in the Bundesliga for just one season, although in football you never quite know, but in all likelihood Wenger will have to extend his contract to stay until around 2015 or 2016 for when Guardiola is ready to grace our shores with his presence.

While the state of the game and Arsenal is difficult to forecast, what has been clear is that Wenger has endured a difficult few years. If he gets it right and bows out on a high it will simply be his swansong. There will be no doubt that Pep will take the club onto better things.

Arsenal have the infrastructure and finances to make Guardiola's job simple, they have an excellent academy full of superb youngsters, and an ever-swelling fanbase, one of the largest in world football.

All the pieces are in place, they just lack the man himseld, but Arsenal fans shouldn't give up on their number one target. It can still happen, if they are patient.

Do you still believe Guardiola will come to Arsenal?



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