The rumours about Arsene Wenger leaving seem to be growing in number. His name this time is linked with Paris Saint-Germain. Over the course of his Arsenal career Wenger has been linked with many top jobs, mainly the Real Madrid and England jobs.
On those occasions I had never felt that he would actually leave. This was because he always had the majority of fans on side. This time around it seems he has to do a big re-building job and is under more pressure to win trophies. For these reasons I believe these rumours to have more weight than any other time.
The question has to be asked therefore about who could possibly replace Wenger if he were to leave at the end of this season.
It is known that Pep Guardiola is heading to Bayern Munich and that Mourinho is leaving Real Madrid. It seems the so called “Special One” could head back to what he may call his spiritual home.
That rules out the above named managers for the job. Others on the list could be Ancelotti and Benitez. The later would not be accepted at Arsenal because of his links to rival clubs and his different style of play.
While Ancelotti would be a great choice for Arsenal he is the favourite for the Real Madrid job, therefore probably wouldn’t come. Likewise I highly doubt that Arsenal could tempt Joachim Low away from the possibility of winning the World Cup with Germany.
The next German coach is likely to be current Bayern Munich manager Jupp Heynckes, if he were to sign for Arsenal he surely would not be able to take the German job after a year. I see him managing in Russia for a year or in the board room at Bayern. It seems that the job would have been perfect for one of the two German’s if it were to come up next season.
The Ajax coach Frank de Boer is another good candidate, but has stated in the past that he is ready to take over Barcelona one day. Other names that would be mentioned are Roberto Martinez, Dennis Bergkamp, Michael Laudrup and Dragan Stojkovic, the man who Wenger thinks is a younger version of himself.
These are all managers who match Arsenal's style of play but the job of making Arsenal into the force they once were needs an experienced man.
Jurgen Klopp does not seem to be leaving his project at Dortmund anytime soon and definitely not for Arsenal who have less money to spend than other teams. Manuel Pellegrini is a brilliant manager but he has never managed outside a Spanish speaking country, he could end up like another Phil Scolari.
This leaves David Moyes, the Scotsman is ready for a new challenge with his contract coming to an end. He may not be most fans choice as to the next Arsenal manager but he has shown that he can control players as well as grow a club on a limited budget.
He would be my choice to take over this season, although if I were to choose for the summer after then I would choose Joachim Low.
Arsenal fans, if Wenger did leave this summer, who would you realistically like to see as boss?
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