Despite more than one ‘Wenger Out’ campaign, Arsene Wenger still remains at the helm of Arsenal football club.
The seemingly tenured Frenchman shows no sign of ending his 21 year career as Arsenal manager, but the club are planning for the future once his era comes to an end.
Indeed, per The Telegraph, Stan Kronke and the Arsenal ownership are in the process of lining up his successor. None other than former Gunner Mikel Arteta is the name being mentioned as the one to replace the Premier League’s current longest-serving manager.
Matt Law writes that despite the 35-year-old joining Manchester City’s coaching staff upon his retirement last year, snubbing a similar offer from Arsenal, he is still held in “high regard” by the club’s hierarchy, with Pep Guardiola’s side terrific season bolstering Arteta’s credentials.
The Spaniard joined the north London club in 2011 from Everton.
Though his time at the Emirates was curtailed by injury, Arteta was revered at the club, becoming Arsenal captain in 2014 and finishing his playing career there in 2016.
That his is the distinct name emanating from the report says a lot about his chances of getting the nod, given that the likes of former Borussia Dortmund boss Thomas Tuschel, Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone and Juventus’ Max Allegri have long been linked with the job.
Intriguingly, Law also states that Josh Kronke, son of Stan, is a huge fan of Thierry Henry.
The club legend is making his own inroads into the world of coaching, joining the Belgium national team set-up under Roberto Martinez as second assistant manager in 2016.
However the situation pans out, it’s increasingly likely that a former Gunner will be firing the infamous cannon when Wenger departs.