The Daily Mail claims Arsenal are already planning for life after Arsene Wenger.
The Frenchman signed a new three-year deal with the club last summer but the Mail suggests the Gunners are engineering a position for themselves where they would be ready if Wenger chose to resign and retire before 2017.
“The club are certainly planning for life without Wenger; keeping abreast, doing their research, on the best emerging managerial talent in Europe,” reports the national daily.
Rather than some signal that Arsenal don’t believe Wenger is the man to lead the side forward, it’s actually a sensible tactic, which could help limit the fallout when Wenger does call it a day.
Manchester United have struggled badly since Sir Alex Ferguson retired and Arsenal can’t be blamed for wanting to limit the impact in terms of how they might suffer when Wenger finally decides he’s had enough.
It’s too early to talk managerial targets, but the Mail does mention a few options.
“There are the obvious candidates: Borussia Dortmund’s Jurgen Klopp, Germany manager Joachim Low and Bayern Munich’s Pep Guardiola.”
“Then there are the less obvious, Mainz’s former manager Thomas Tuchel (currently unemployed) has caught the eye, while Everton’s Roberto Martinez and Ajax’s Frank De Boer are also being studied.”
Arsenal are one of Europe’s iconic clubs and when the time does come, they won’t be short of applicants for the position whether that’s high profile coaches or more obscure individuals looking for the same chance Wenger was given back in 1996.
United struggled even though they allowed Sir Alex Ferguson to hand pick David Moyes to follow him and the thorough research process, equipped with Wenger’s opinion will put the Gunners in a good position when they have to usher in a new era.
For now though, Wenger continues his quest to back up the FA Cup win of last season as he looks for silverware on domestic and European fronts heading towards next May.