Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe is “under serious consideration” for the Arsenal managerial role due to be vacated by Arsene Wenger next summer, according to a report in The Sun.
The newspaper even suggests that Wenger could move to an upstairs role as a technical director, helping mould Howe into the world class manager he has the potential to be.
— The Sun Football ⚽ (@TheSunFootball) September 6, 2016
With Arsene Wenger’s contract coming to an end next summer, it looks more and more likely by the day that Arsenal will have a new face in the dugout at the Emirates come July 2017.
Supposing the Gunners can’t get their hands on the Premier League title or, even less realistically, the Champions League this season, calls for Wenger to be sacked can’t be ignored as Arsenal owners as well as fans will have become tired of not competing at the heights the club expects. Should the current Arsenal manager not succeed in his hunt for a major trophy in the coming months, then his future at Arsenal could be over by the end of May.
The Sun’s report was greeted with some relatively positive initial reaction from Arsenal supporters, though it is still only a report of internal discussions at this stage.
I rate Eddie Howe, a lot. #TacticalBang
— FK ☕️ (@fkhanage) September 6, 2016
Eddie Howe, AKA Arsenal boss next season
— Ridz (@RidzaH17) September 6, 2016
After Howe did business with Arsenal last week over the loan move for Jack Wilshere, he may have to get used to dealing with the officials at the Emirates.
Providing Bournemouth can emulate their effort last year and go further – to perhaps even hover around mid table – then Howe must be in with a shout for the job in North London. His team plays attractive football, he has passion pumping through his veins, in doing so he wears his heart on his sleeve and he’s a young English manager with a bright future ahead of him.
How many people fall into that category?
Howe could well be the man Arsenal are looking to if this report is anything to go by, and it’s a report that some Arsenal fans have been crying out desperately for over the last five years. With a question over the options available to Arsenal, they could cast their eye upon some home grown talent.
Patrick Perry, Pundit Arena