Friday, 4 May 2018

The New Arsenal Manager Is...

It's only been a couple of weeks since Arsenal announced that Arsène Wenger will step down as manager after 22 years in charge, but the speculation as to who will replace him has already reached fever pitch.
There are plenty of names in the mix: legendary former players like Patrick Viera and Thierry Henry,  big-name managers like Carlo Ancelotti and Max Allegri and young coaches, like Mikel Arteta, unproven in managerial roles.
According to odds from Betfair, Zeljko Buvac is currently in poll position, but he hasnt managed since 2001 and has been Jurgen Klopp's second for the past 17 years and speaks English like i speak Bosnian, not at all.  
Carlo Ancelotti is the second favourite and he would be a safe paiur of hands and has not only managed in England before but won the double with Chelsea.
Third choice is Massimiliano Allegri, the current Juventus manager and where the Gunners fans eyes are looking towards, a proven track record with a big club and has guided to Juventus to successive Serie A titles and two Champions League finals.
Eddie Howe is in the mix but he has no big club experience and stepping up from a small time family club like Bournemouth to Arsenal would be considered a step too far.
Brendan Rodgers annoyingly continues to be linked but that's a non starter, a big fat raspberry to that one.
Luis Enrique and slipped from favour although he has experience of managing big clubs, winning the treble with Barcelona but stinking out Roma when he managed there and he is reported to want a minimum of £200m to spend on players and that just isn't going to happen. 
Joachim Low is still a contender and he's a World Cup Winner and as Arsenal has a large German contingent, would seem to be a great fit apart from not managing at club level since 2004.
Monaco's Leonardo Jardim is an outsider and he has a great record of handling some of Europe's emerging talent into an attractive team that won Ligue 1 and reached the Champions League semi-finals last season.
The Arsenal fans i have spoken to are looking pleadingly towards Allegri and looking daggers at Brendan Rodgers.

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