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Bookmakers Choice: Top 5 Candidates to Replace Arsene Wenger

Milos Markovic in Editorial, English Premier League 27 Feb 2018

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The Carabao Cup final defeat against Manchester City opened the Pandora’s box at Arsenal with general public once again raising the voice against Arsene Wenger.

Former Gunners striker Ian Wright claims he ‘could not make a case’ for Arsene Wenger to remain an Arsenal manager beyond the end of the current season whereas another club icon Thierry Henry spoke quite candidly about the lack of excitement when watching Arsenal.

Is it time to let Wenger go?

The 3-0 slump against the Citizens was Arsenal’s sixth defeat in 12 games in 2018 and the Gunners are slowly feeling the heat despite the positive work done during the January transfer window. Sitting huge ten points behind Tottenham in fourth and with a heavy-duty Europa League Last 16 tie against the revitalized AC Milan, Arsenal are in real danger of missing out on Champions Football for the second year running.

Having last won the Premier League title in 2004, Arsenal are no longer being treated as genuine title contenders and many believe it’s about time for Arsene Wenger to leave.

The Frenchman was under intense pressure last summer which ended with him signing a two-year contract. The experienced tactician has since then repeated on several occasions that he plans to see his deal through but the heat is building on Arsenal management to cut his stay at the Emirates short.

British media claim that Wenger’s position is set to be reviewed at the end of the season whereas the bookies are already preparing a list of potential candidates.

Carlo Ancelotti – 6/4

The experienced 58-year-old Italian has been out of work since leaving Bayern Munich at the end of the season and Arsenal have been mentioned as the club he would fancy taking charge of. Carlo Ancelotti would bring a wealth of international experience to the Emirates along with an impressive track record in European competitions.

888 sports have the Italian at 6/4 betting odds to be installed as next Arsenal manager which makes Ancelotti an early favourite for the job. Ancelotti is keen to return to the Premier League and could accept the job even without the Champions League football.

Joachim Loew – 5/1

Germany head coach is nearing the end of the road with Die Mannschaft and will be up for grabs after the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

Trophy-laden tactician has been responsible for Germany’s rise at the international stage over the past couple of years and could be a valuable solution due to his tactical versatility and knowledge of the game. Loew revolutionized the way Germany play and go the maximum out of the talent before him and would be expected to do the same with a chronically underachieving Arsenal side.

Thomas Tuchel – 10/1

Former Borussia Dortmund was linked with a Premier League switch this last summer but Everton were snubbed in their approach before hiring Sam Allardyce. The 44-year-old rejected a chance to join the Toffees as he was seemingly aiming higher and Arsenal could be the level he desires.

The Gunners have an ace up their sleeve in the face of new chief scout Sven Mislintat also of Borussia Dortmund. Mislintat was credited with bringing Aubameyang and helping the Gunners seal Mkhitaryan switch, and he could play a role in luring one of the highly rated tacticians over to north London.

Diego Simeone – 10/1

Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone is the man who is directly responsible for turning Los Colchineros into one of the most defensively tight units across the European continent. The temperamental coach is known for him impressively hard training methods and could be one of the best choices for Arsenal due to his defensive orientation.

Atletico Madrid are tight in the back and lethal upfield and it is believed that Simeone’s tactical qualities would be the best fit for the Gunners.

Leonardo Jardim – 12/1

AS Monaco boss is another in the line of upcoming tactical minds, renowned for his great work with young talent. Leonardo Jardim made the Principality club into a force to be reckoned with last season and managed to maintain the level of performances despite some notable departures last summer.

He is an outside favourite to land the job but the lack of Champions League football could prove to be too big of an obstacle together with the fact he is tied to AS Monaco until 2020.

Honorable mentions: Mikel Arteta, Brendan Rodgers, Luis Enrique, Patrick Vieira.

Who would you like to see as the next Arsenal manager?


Milos Markovic

Formerly a Chief Editor at the largest sports site in Serbia, Milos Markovic is an avid football writer who contributes to a variety of online football magazines - most prominently and His feature articles, editorials, interviews and match analyses have provided informed opinion and views, helping the football aficionados keep up to date on relevant events in world football.



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