In what looks to be all change at the top with three of the top four teams changing manager – does Arsène Wenger have the upper hand heading into next season?
Sir Alex Fergusons’ pending retirement from football obviously represents an exciting transition at the top of the English game.
It opens the door into a new era - an era where one of six teams has the chance to reign supreme in the position vacated by an Alex Ferguson led United.
However, there is another significant point lurking in its shadow. In a similarly prodigious first, the 2013/14 season will commence with new puppeteers at its three top clubs.
As well as Ferguson's departure, Manchester City have axed Mancini whilst Benitez’ position was always short-term affair.
This leaves the now longest serving current manager in an unprecedented position. Not only will Wenger embark on his first summer of stability in years, he could also have an added advantage: everyone else’s instability.
It has been widely rumoured that Wenger has at least 70 million pounds to spend with him also expected to let some deadwood float downstream.
It is also probable that he will not be plagued by the departure of his biggest stars – a problem that has hindered his teams’ growth over the last few seasons.
With the addition of his main adversaries requiring a transitional period of remoulding, no matter how short, there is every chance Wenger’s side could see themselves reap rewards for a consistent decade and find themselves propelled into top spot.
To conclude, not only can Wenger shed deadweight and retain his star players whilst amassing further talents to accompany and compliment them, he will also be the only manager in the top four not in requirement of a settling period.
An advantage that could see Arsène lead Arsenal to their first title since 2003/04. A title might I add, that could represent the welcomed high that Le Professeur requires to bid a fond farewell to English football.
With Ferguson, Benitez and Mancini soon to be out of the picture, do you think Wenger can lead Arsenal to Premier League success next season?
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