Arsene Wenger is leaving Arsenal: Who will replace him?by Jack Kitson / 20 April 2018, 11:22Tweet
Arsene Wenger will leave Arsenal at the end of the season.
Yes, you read that correctly. It’s actually happening.
The Premier League’s longest-serving manager will leave the Gunners in the summer after a staggering 22 years at the helm, during which he hoisted three league titles, a record-breaking seven FA Cups, and seven Community Shields, while he has the chance to add a Europa League trophy to his collection before he waves his final goodbye.
But, who on earth will Arsenal choose to replace Wenger in the Emirates dugout?
We take a look at a host of the early names in the frame for the hottest vacancy in European football.
In our opinion Max Allegri is the stand-out candidate for the job. The Juventus boss is a tactical mastermind who is on the verge of leading the Old Lady to a fourth successive Scudetto in four years under his tutorship. He’s also one game away from a fourth Coppa Italia, while he’s twice finished runner-up in the Champions League.
The Italian’s achievements and natural authority will command instant respect from an often uninspired and unmotivated crop of Arsenal players, while his presence will attract stellar names to a club that is desperate to end their staggering league title drought.
Ancelotti is the most experienced and successful manager on this list, plus he’s available and ready to roll. No gaffer has lifted the European Cup more times than the Italian who has won league titles in England, Italy, Germany and France. Maybe not a long-term option, but you’d back him to reel-in a trophy or two in the space of two years.
Low is currently bidding to become only the second manager in history to win the World Cup twice. Arsenal may have to wait on this one, as he’s obviously busy with the German national team, but should Low express an interest in returning to club level he could be a viable option.
It would be refreshing to see a young, talented and successful English manager given the chance at a top-6 club. Popular Howe has worked wonders at Bournemouth, who could be set for consecutive top-10 Premier League finishes, and while he doesn’t have the experience of working at a big club, an appointment would be huge for English football.
Wenger said that his former Arsenal captain “has the potential” to be Gunners manager in the future. Vieira is currently over in the MLS in his third season with New York City FC but the Arsenal legend would jump at the chance to return to the North London club.
Looks to be heading over to PSG, although Wenger’s (10/1) sudden availability in the summer could change this. The former Borussia Dortmund boss employs a brand of football based upon fast movement and possession, which his teams combine to great effect. He’s tactically flexible and unorthodox, while his personality means he has the potential to be a big hit at the Emirates.
Go on, admit it, you miss Brendan Rodgers. He famously came within touching distance of leading Liverpool to their first Premier League title, while he’s since become an icon at Celtic, who remarkably went unbeaten in the league in his debut treble winning season. Deserves another chance to shine in England and certainly has the character to do so.
Simeone has long be linked with a move to the Premier League, and we’d love to see him jet over. Probably more suited to Chelsea, but should he decide to leave beloved club Atletico Madrid - with whom he’s enjoyed staggering success with - then his odds will plummet.
Rafa has won the Champions League, Europa League, and La Liga, but his achievements at Newcastle have only elevated his status in the managerial arena. As expected he led the Toon to Championship glory, but what he's since done with his current crop of players really is testament to his qualities, with the Magpies set for an unexpected top-10 finish.