All we have heard the last number of weeks has been whether or not Arsene Wenger will sign a new deal at Arsenal or could is he finally set to move aside for club. The Bayern Munich defeat has severely cast a cloud over what has been yet another average unspectacular season for the North Londoners, who continually go into every season giving their supporters fresh optimism. The managerial berth at the Emirates ultimately will be decided by the Frenchman as they does not seem anyone strong enough within the board to say his time is up, so can we see Wenger managing the Gunners next season? It has to be said it would be no big surprise if he was in charge, if that is the case surely Arsenal fans would have to give up their hopes of Alexis Sanchez staying at the Emirates, even the possibility of Mesut Ozil staying with the club which would not come as a massive shock.
Some of these Arsenal players would love the legendary Frenchman to stay with the club as there would be a realistic chance a new manager would come in and deem them not at the level needed to play for such an illustrious club. Olivier Giroud for one is a player who takes a lot of criticism, yes he scores goals but is he the man to really lead the team to win League titles, become more competitive in Europe, ultimately he is not that is why Wenger has used Sanchez as the central striker as his preferred system this season. Then the inconsistent Theo Walcott who has promised so much for what seems an eternity, he would have be deemed surplus to requirements if a new man took the position. Would Kieran Gibbs or Nacho Monreal really start for another Premier League team or any top team across Europe, simply no, they have been declined over the last two season and that left back position at Arsenal needs attention. Then the famous discussion with Arsenal, that central midfield position, 34 million spent of Granit Xhaka has to be in contention for the biggest flop of the season, Francis Coquelin has never truly been the answer in this position, Mohamed Elneny is far too inconsistent to merit a starting role, then the likes of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Aaron Ramsey, Santi Cazorla and Jack Wilshere all of whom prefer going forward than being positional disciplined. Insiders say that Wenger is not hard on the players and creates a ‘free’ environment for his players to enjoy their football, but now comes the time that Arsenal need to concentrate on success.
The board might just be worried about the effects of what could happen to their coveted top four place if Wenger did leave after seeing what has happened to Manchester United since Sir Alex Ferguson called it time on his illustrious career, but Arsenal need to consider every option available to them. Inevitably they are out of the Champions League at the last sixteen stage yet again, they will do the usual league run at the back end of the season where they blow teams away and look massively impressive, and then the whole mentality of the players, the manager and the club as a whole comes into question. Arsenal need change, they need a fresh approach, with some fresh players and with a new identity. One problem that the board could face is the fact that the Barcelona job is also up for discussion this summer so the board might find some of the names they could consider would quite possibly be linked with the job at the Nou Camp. Already names have been thrown around in terms of both clubs; Ronald Koeman at Everton is a name always associated with the Barcelona job and recently through some media outlets a possibility to succeed Wenger at Arsenal. Jorge Sampaoli of Sevilla is another name that would be in the mix for both jobs if the opportunity does arise. Max Allegri at Juventus has found his name circulated with the Arsenal job for over a year now; surely he would be another name that will link with the possibility of taking the job at the Spanish Giants.
The Arsenal network used to be very ranging over the years finding gem players such as Nicolas Anelka, Patrick Vieira, Emmanuel Petit and many others, however the recruitment has taken a back step more what would be considered lazy, so these individuals will be responsible for choosing the successor to Wenger, so we would be expecting to see an established name taking over from Wenger. Names like Diego Simeone, Thomas Tuchel, Leonardo Jardim, Rafa Benitez and more than likely Carlo Ancelotti. Who is to say that one of these managers wouldn’t do a fantastic job at the Arsenal and really bring the glory back to the Arsenal fans? The opportunity though to cast an eye at managers who could really excel at a club that has everything in place to be a success would be something the board should really consider.
Nice manager Lucien Favre would be manager that could be a real contender for the job, despite his sacking at Borussia Mönchengladbach the Swiss manager is still held in high regard across Europe, his spell in Germany brought Gladbach to the top regions of German football and took them into the Champions League, no small achievement when you consider the teams who compete for these positions most years in Germany. Then his performance at current club Nice, who could have thought going into the last quarter of the season that Nice could be the champions of France, that is a fantastic accomplishment and when you consider the adaptability of Favre to systems, to integrating young player and with helping rebuild careers, he has to be a name that could and should be added to equation on the Arsene Wenger replacement shortlist. Could Arsenal go for a young manager while Wenger moves upstairs in the Arsenal set-up? Well if they do current Hull City manager Marco Silva has really impressed during his brief spell with the club and could find his name in the mix, or maybe name previously mentioned for the role Eddie Howe. Ernesto Valverde the current Athletic Bilbao manager is a name not too familiar with fans of English football, but in Spain and across Europe he is highly respected as one of the best man managers around. He has been tipped for take over the job at Barcelona however if that does not work out for him, a move to North London could and should be a real possibility.
Wenger has to put an end to these constant rumours surrounding his future and surely he will also have some sort of impact as to who will be his successor after such an iconic job he has done with the club.