Rudi Garcia: The next manager of Arsenal or Manchester United?

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Roma's largely dominant display in the Champions League against Manchester City last night saw the fabulous Francesco Totti rightly enjoy a love-in across the continent after becoming the oldest goalscorer in Champions League history, but his manager also deserves massive credit.

In just over 12 months Rudi Garcia has transformed the Giallorossi beyond recognition and proved he's not a one hit wonder that only won the double with Lille because Ligue 1 was weak at the time.

Garcia has built Serie A's most exciting side, with defensive steel to match the style and guile Totti, Miralem Pjanic and Kevin Stootman bring in abundance.

City fans saw that first-hand last night and they can't have been the only Premier League followers who were seriously impressed.

Arsenal, Manchester Untied and Chelsea fans should all keep a very close eye on Garcia's progress, because if he continues to flourish in the Eternal City you can expect him to be a viable candidate to take over at any of those top teams when their experienced managers eventually move on.

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Church returns to the centre of the village

Garcia's achievements in the Eternal City look even more impressive when you consider he took on easily one of the most volatile jobs in a top European league last summer.

Roma had gone through five managers in just four years before American owners desperate to develop a long-term strategy finally took something of a gamble on Garcia, hoping he could succeed where Luis Enrique failed and make a successful transition to life in Italy.

The Ligue 1 winner understood that sweeping change was required but still managed to keep Totti as central to his plans, something Enrique and a host of predecessors failed to understand.

Totti is nothing short if icon for Giallorossi fans and dropping him is frankly career suicide, even though the outrageously gifted forward is now 38.

Garcia quickly understood this and built a system that works to the talisman's strengths, removing volatile figures like Dani Osvaldo and as he quite eloquently put it 'returned the church to the centre of the village'.

It's now easy to forget that Garcia was effectively made to sell one of Roma's best players in Erik Lamela to Tottenham Hotspur for £30m, but proved he can roll with the punches by spending that sum on the likes of Mehdi Benatia, Adem Ljajic and a former favourite in Gervinho.

Roma won their first 10 matches last season to set a new Serie A and have never looked back, with Totti as a false nine flanked by rapid wingers, a creative hub in midfield and full-backs willing to constantly bomb on and make a difference in the final third.

It's an exciting system that works, which when matched with nous Garcia has shown in the transfer market should rank him alongside the likes of Jurgen Klopp and Diego Simeone as a leading candidate to be the next Arsenal boss when Arsene Wenger eventually steps down.

Wenger & Van Gaal won't be around forever

Arsenal may have handed Wenger a new three-year contract at the end of last season, but it would frankly foolish if they don't start looking for his eventual successor right now.

Wenger is swimming against the tide in his attempt to prove Arsenal can now be financially self-sustainable and win the Premier League title, a quest that while admirable will not be justifiable without significant success for too much longer.

Garcia shares many of the principles Wenger holds dear, a commitment to attacking football and developing talent that already exists at the club rather than signings across the board.

If Wenger is involved in the process of picking his replacement you have to feel Garcia's name will be in the mix, particularly if he goes on to dethrone Juventus and win his second major league title this season.

Manchester United should also be aware than in by option for experience in the form of Louis van Gaal they are currently focused only on the short-term, no matter how evergreen the Dutch veteran is feeling.

Van Gaal is actually a year younger than Arsene, but you have to feel that United will be his last major job at a top European club.

United should have the foresight to see Van Gaal is something of a temporary fix, highly unlikely to still be at Old Trafford beyond the length of his current three-year deal.

The Red Devils are desperate to get Garcia's midfield maestro in Kevin Strootman, their scout missions should go far beyond that remit to find out their ambitious French coach is a perfect fit for the Premier League.

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