With the end nigh at Arsenal what next for Arsene Wenger?by Jack Kitson / 08 March 2018, 15:35Tweet
Arsene Wenger has hit a nadir at Arsenal following the destructive events of the last fortnight. But while the Frenchman’s standing may be at its lowest ebb, should his gargantuan 22-year tenure in North London come to a close in the summer he’d have no shortage of options in the managerial arena, a few of which we assess below.
It seems inevitable that Unai Emery will be on his way out of PSG in the summer following the club’s failure to reach the quarter-finals of the Champions League. If this proves to be the case the French giants will be determined to appoint a high-profile manager who can propel them to the summit of the European ladder.
Premier League managers Mauricio Pochettino, Antonio Conte and Jose Mourinho have all been linked with a move across the Channel Tunnel, but it’s Wenger who catches the eye in the market at 7/1 given his precarious position at Arsenal.
Wenger has never won the Champions League, while he hasn’t even reached the quarter-finals since 2009/10, meaning an appointment is unlikely to be warmly receieved by all.
However, a lack of available candidates could see PSG swoop in, and if so, the former Nancy and Monaco manager should jump at the chance to manage in his homeland for the first time in 24 years.
Wenger may feel that he’s still got something to prove in the Premier League, and with Sam Allardyce’s long-term future in doubt at Everton, there could soon be a vacancy opening up on Merseyside.
The Daily Star - admittedly not the most reliable of sources - reports that Everton’s billionaire owner Farhad Moshiri has already identified Wenger as his No.1 target, meaning the Frenchman could well be worth checking out at 16/1 in the Next Everton Manager Market.
Chinese Super League
The Chinese Super League, fuelled by mega rich clubs, has lured over many a high-profile manager in recent years, with the likes of Manuel Pellegrini, Fabio Capello, Roger Schmidt and Paulo Sousa all currently plying their trade in the division.
Last year Wenger reportedly turned down an audacious £30m-a-year approach to manage in China, but should he now fancy a stonking pay day, then they’d be no shortage of clubs scrambling for his signature.
Prior to joining Arsenal Wenger managed in Japan where he received the J League Manager of the Year in 1995 after leading Nagoya Grampus Eight to 2nd spot, while he went on to lift the Emperor’s Cup and the Super Cup.
Other Potential Destinations
Wenger would have no problems getting a job over in America with an MLS club - David Beckham’s new Miami franchise could be a potential destination.
If France flop at the upcoming World Cup boss Didier Deschamps would be toast, opening up the door to Wenger for a move into the international arena.
Many years ago Wenger rejected the advances of Real Madrid, but should the Spanish giants come back in for the 68-year-old, he’d accept an offer in a flash.
If Wenger is extremely desperate then he’s a 500/1 shot to become Piers Morgan’s PA, while he's the same price to be snapped up by Arsenal Fan TV…