Arsenal legend Robert Pires named Thierry Henry and Carlo Ancelotti as his favoured replacements for Arsene Wenger for when the Frenchman eventually decides to move on.
According to the Daily Mail via Goal, the 41-year-old doesn’t want his old boss leaving the Emirates any time soon, but believes the two candidates he named should be the first in line when the managerial spot in North London eventually opens up.
‘’Who is the perfect replacement? Thierry Henry? He understands football and Arsenal,’’ said Pires. ‘’I don’t know, but I like Carlo Ancelotti. But that’s my opinion, it’s doesn’t mean Arsenal need Ancelotti at this time.’’
According to the SkyBet, Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp is the favourite to eventually succeed Wenger at Arsenal, with Real Madrid coach Paul Clement in second and Pep Guardiola and Ronald Koeman joint third.
The notion that Thierry Henry could be next in line for the job, while popular with some fans, is not heavily backed by SkyBet as shown by his 10th place position in the market. Although, the Frenchman’s other choice, Ancelotti, is further down the list in 18th position.
The choices made by Pires, while obviously well-thought out and reasoned, seem unlikely.
Despite his illustrious playing career, the former Arsenal captain has opted for a future in punditry rather than management and has only just let the ink dry on his contract with Sky Sports. On the other hand, Ancelotti is currently the manager of a Real Madrid side many consider to be the best in the world.
Unless the Gunners wait until the Italian leaves his post in the Spanish capital before making a move, it seems unlikely that any deal between the two would materialise.