Arsene Wenger is undoubtedly in the bracket of Premier League managerial legends as the second longest-serving manager in Premier League history. He is second only to the greatest of all, Sir Alex Ferguson.
He joined the Gunners in October 1996 and has won three premier leagues and seven FA cups. Last season was the first that the Frenchman’s side dropped out of the top four. It was also the first time local rivals Spurs finished with a higher points tally.
With many fans looking for Wenger to go, we take a look at five possible replacements should he call time on his Arsenal career.
5. Luis Enrique
The former Barcelona coach has been heavily linked in recent weeks with a move to Stamford Bridge should Antonio Conte be released of his duties.
Having won everything worth winning at Barcelona, Enrique’s credentials are perfect. His playing style is bound to suit the Arsenal philosophy of football. At the moment he is probably the most suited to the role in question.
4. Carlo Ancelotti
Ancelotti has also been linked with the Pensioners if, of course, Antonio Conte’s reign ends in disaster. Having won the title with the Blues back in 2010, Ancelotti has the experience no other manager could offer to the north Londoners.
His tribulations in Spain also show that he can adapt to different leagues and still thrive. Many consider him the best coach in world football. Only the unavailable Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho have more honours to their names. When taking everything into account, logically speaking, he his the dream appointment.
3. Diego Simeone
Yet again we have places another La Liga champion in contention. Although the Argentine has not won the Champions League like Ancelotti and Enrique, he is a far more tactical thinker and could be exactly what they need. Paul Merson recently stated that should Arsenal strengthen up at the back, they would be a force to be reckoned with.
Antoinne Greizman has excelled under Simeone and one could surely envision Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang doing the same under the twice Champions League runner-up. With the recent arrival of Diego Costa, however, the likelihood of such a move would probably be the least likely of the five. He has also openly expressed his desire to one day takeover the reins at his beloved Inter Milan.
2. Massimiliano Allegri
The Italian is similar to Simeone in his defensive astuteness. Like all Italian football philosophers, he places a huge emphasis on teamwork and the art of beautiful defending. Having taken over the reins from Antonio Conte back in 2014, Allegri has developed a much more relaxed and creative Juventus side.
Their dire Champions League form under the former Italian coach was abolished by a run to the Champions League final in 2015 where they fell just short of Enrique’s Barcelona and also in 2017 where they were outclassed by Barcelona.
With Arsenal’s current trend of beautiful football married with a lack of defensive grit, Allegri could solidify the defensive barrier while further emphasising the current side’s creative abilities. A match that could rekindle the kind of success experienced at Highbury.
1. Antonio Conte
This would without doubt be the most controversial of appointments. The former Juventus captain has been heavily linked with a move away from west London, with both Enrique and Ancelotti the apparent frontrunners for the job.
With Arsenal and Chelsea looking like the most likely sides to drop out of the top four, both may well be in the hunt for new head coaches come June.