Five of the best: Arsene Wenger replacements (1)

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After their opening day defeat at home to Aston Villa, Arsenal fans had been calling for Arsene Wenger to splash some cash to improve his threadbare squad.

Amid talks of a new contract being offered to Wenger, despite their curtain raising disappointment, Arsenal fan groups had released statements calling for 63-year-old Wenger’s contract talks to be put on the back burner.

And while the big-money move for Mesut Ozil went some way to appeasing the restless Emirates faithful, doubts still remain over Wenger's long-term future.

The French tactician's current deal expires at the end of the season, though reports suggest that club owner Stan Kroenke and chief executive Ivan Gazidis want to re-open talks as a priority following Ozil's arrival.

They believe that Wenger proved with one transfer acquisition that he still has significant pulling power and that he is willing to spend money - but only when he believes it's necessary to do so.

Yet, there is no guarantee that Wenger's men will have a successful season and talks of a new deal seem premature. Tottenham have strengthened significantly and it's not beyond the realms of possibility that Spurs could (finally) pip Arsenal to Champions League qualification…

Perhaps the Arsenal board should hold fire before handing Wenger a new long-term contract and see how the season pans out. After all, it would be foolish to ignore and not even consider some of the finest candidates in world football who could potentially succeed Wenger.

So without further ado, here are five potential candidates who could step into the Emirates hot-seat next summer.

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