10 names in the frame to replace Arsene Wenger at Arsenalby Jack Kitson / 28 February 2018, 15:48Tweet
Arsene Wenger cut an agitated and distressed figure in his Arsenal press conference on Wednesday as journalists pressed the under-fire Frenchman on his future at the club following Sunday’s shambolic showing in the Carabao Cup Final.
Wenger, being Wenger, was on the defensive, stating:
“My position is the last worry I have at the moment. I don’t ask you if your position is reviewed at the end of the season.”
While he went on to say:
"I've been here 21 years. I turned the whole world down to respect my contracts so I am amazed that I still have to answer these type of questions."
Given Arsenal’s stubbornness, a managerial change in the summer does appear unlikely, meaning frustrated fans must prepare for yet another season of inevitable disappointment. However, should the club’s hierarchy finally orchestrate a switch, then here are 10 names in the frame to replace Wenger.
At the time of writing Joachim Low is the favourite in the betting, although this could well change in the next few hours given the fluctuating nature of the Next Arsenal Manager Market.
Since taking charge of Germany in 2006 Low has gone on to enjoy immense success, the pinnacle of which was leading Die Mannschaft to World Cup glory four years ago, an accomplishment he is attempting to repeat in Russia this summer.
Should he lift the famous golden trophy once again he’ll become only the second manager to achieve this feat (Vittorio Pozzo, Italy, 1934 & 1938).
But, as he nears 12 years in the Germany job Low, who is actually contracted through to 2020, he may fancy a fresh challenge after the World Cup comes to a close. Although, Arsenal may be put off by the fact the German has been out of club management for so long.
Carlo Ancelotti to Arsenal has been a hot topic ever since his surprise departure from Bayern Munich earlier this season, and rightly so, he’s an excellent manager with a simply stunning CV: The Italian has won silverware in England, Spain, Italy and France while he’s one of only two managers to win the European Cup three times.
Ancelotti is unlikely to be a long-term option for the Gunners, with seven of his eight spells in management lasting two seasons or less, including the last four tenures. However, he’s available at the moment, and has of course thrived on these shores before, having led Chelsea to the league and cup double in his debut season with the club.
Arsenal are interested in appointing Carlo Ancelotti when Arsene Wenger eventually retires.#AFC are prepared to offer the Italian a staggering ¤40m across 4 years.— The Sack Race (@thesackrace) January 12, 2018
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Massimiliano Allegri is widely regarded as one of the best managers in the game today. The Italian has bagged three league and cup doubles in three seasons at the Old Lady, reaching the Champions League final in two of those campaigns. He’s currently to bidding to hoist a fourth Scudetto, while Juventus also have hopes of winning the Champions League and Coppa Italia.
Arsenal should be doing everything they can to lure the tactically astute Allegri over to the Emirates. However, a failure to qualify for the Champions League (again) would significantly hamper any hopes they have of appointing the Italian, who is contracted at Juventus until 2000.
If you want a unique insight into Allegri’s methods check out the ‘First Team: Juventus’ documentary on Netflix - it’s well worth your time. Here’s the trailer:
The leader of our next Arsenal manager poll, Brendan Rodgers, is currently loving life in Scotland with Celtic. Yes, it may not be the most competitive league in the world, but going undefeated in your debut league season - he also bagged both domestic cups - is a pretty impressive feat.
Over the weekend Rodgers burst into the frame for the Arsenal job. The Northern Irishman came agonisingly close to winning the Premier League title with Liverpool in 2013/14, a season which saw the Reds hammer the Gunners 5-1 (see below).
Rodgers is an ambitious manager who would no doubt jump at the chance to manage Arsenal, and he can still be backed at a tempting 14/1 to replace Wenger at the Emirates.
Arsenal fans were left crushed after Mikel Arteta swapped the Emirates for the Etihad in the summer of 2016 in order to become an assistant coach to Pep Guardiola. The Spaniard is currently thriving under the best boss in the business, and when the time is right he’ll venture out on his own.
Even if the Arsenal job isn’t available until 2019, it’s still likely to arrive too soon for Arteta, however he could prove to be an option further down the line. Meanwhile, Arteta to Everton could be the more likely option in the summer.
Thomas Tuchel has long been linked with a move to England. But while the likes of Southampton, Everton and Swansea have failed to grab his attention, Arsenal certainly would.
The German left Borussia Dortmund last summer with a 62.96% win rate, and he’s since been taking some time out of management. He’ll hope to return rejuvenated from his Pep Guardiola style break, but while he’s undoubtedly a talented manager who employs exciting football, he’s unlikely to be Arsenal’s first choice.
Zinedine Zidane may have led Real Madrid to back-to-back Champions League trophies but his future at the club is currently shredded in doubt. A shock defeat to Espanyol left Los Blancos 15 points adrift of rivals Barcelona in La Liga, while earlier this year they were dumped out of the Copa del Rey by Leganes, meaning their only hope of glory is in Europe.
Should the Frenchman leave the Bernabeu in the summer, there would no doubt be a scramble for his signature, and at 66/1 he represents a very juicy outside bet.
Diego Simeone has been linked with just about every top club in the Premier League, yet despite reported interest, he’s remained loyal to Atletico Madrid.
The current crop of Arsenal players are frequently lambasted for being fragile and unmotivated, but you can bet your last penny that this would not be the case under the fiery Argentine. You can only imagine the chaotic scenes in the dressing room if his players ever underperformed.
Simeone is talented, ruthless, passionate and motivated. We can only hope that the Premier League dugout is his next port of call should he ever want to leave the Spanish capital.
Patrick Vieira and/or Thierry Henry
Club legends Patrick Vieira and Thierry Henry have both been linked with a return to Arsenal in a managerial capacity. Vieira is currently earning his stripes in the MLS with New York City, but while fellow Frenchman Henry has yet to venture solo in management, he is currently learning the ropes as an assistant to Roberto Martinez at Belgium.
Could Vieira and Henry double up and replace former boss Wenger? Perhaps, with Vieira as gaffer and Henry as his assistant...
The only British boss on the list is out at 20/1 to make the step up from Bournemouth to Arsenal. At just 40 years of age Howe is widely regarded as one of the best young managers following his superb work with the south coast club. The Cherries gaffer deserves a chance to prove himself in the top echelons of the Premier League and he could prove to be a shrewd long-term option for the Gunners.