Whether he retires at the conclusion of this season or not, Arsene Wenger’s time at Arsenal is unquestionably winding down.
Attentions have already turned to one of the most difficult tasks in recent footballing memory. Replacing him. Eddie Howe, Diego Simeone and Dennis Bergkamp are just some of the names that have been discussed as potential successors for the Frenchman.
A report in today’s Sun has revealed Massimiliano Allegri, Juventus’ boss, has been contacted by the Gunners with the Italian unsettled at the Bianconeri. The report also claims the 49-year-old has “been encouraged by the positive noises from The Emirates Stadium”. Allegri has enjoyed considerable, albeit somewhat straightforward success with the Italian giants.
Earlier this month, RB Leipzig boss Ralph Hasenhuttl more or less confirmed he was in the running to succeed the veteran Gunners boss. When asked about reports linking him to the job, he said:
“It was a well-researched story. There was a lot of truth to it.”
With the bookies, Bournemouth boss Howe leads the way with Hassenhuttl close behind. Joachim Löw rounds out the top three with Patrick Vieira and Ronald Koeman complete the front five. Piers Morgan is priced at 500/1, in case you’re wondering.
Whoever is handed the job, they face the almost-impossible task of following the 20-year dynasty of Wenger.
Rory Murphy, Pundit Arena