Arsene Wenger has achieved a phenomenal level of success at Arsenal. During his time in North London he has broken records; the 49 game unbeaten run and suffered huge setbacks; a nine year trophy doubt.
Having imprinted his mark on the club, Wenger will be near enough impossible to replace. The Arsenal way and the Wenger way come as one. From fluent passing football to the development of young talent, the club prides itself on the way they do business. And, with Wenger nearing the two decade mark, talk is beginning to surface as to who could take the reins should the Frenchman call time on his Arsenal career.
Arguably the most ideal candidate to fill such large shoes would be Jurgen Klopp. The Dortmund coach has drawn many plaudits with his penetrative attacking football and at the age of 47 would be seen as a long term option.
A proven nurturer of young players and a vocal admirer of Wenger himself, Klopp is well positioned to receive an offer should the opportunity arise. He has been openly critical of the fact that Bayern Munich continue to pinch his top players year after year. With the frustration of having to start from scratch each season it may not be long before Klopp decides to look for a challenge elsewhere.
Should Arsenal prefer to appoint a manager with proven Premier League experience, Roberto Martinez could be an option. Having worked his way up the managerial ladder, Martinez has been tipped by many for great things.
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Since making a name for himself at Swansea City, he has slowly risen up the ranks. Once appointed at Wigan, Martinez succeeded in avoiding Premier League relegation until 2013 and secured a famous FA Cup win against heavyweights Manchester City.
After taking over at Everton last summer, Martinez has proven he can do a job at a larger club. Having pushed Arsenal close for a Champions League spot last season, he has demonstrated his ability to attract big names in Romelu Lukaku and Samuel Eto.
With an attacking philosophy he could be a good fit, although the fact he has never managed at an elite level would pose a risk.
According to Wenger himself, Serbian, Dragan Stojkovic should get the nod. Currently in charge at Wenger’s previous destination; Grampus Eight, the 48-year-old is thought to share an almost identical philosophy to the Frenchman.
Despite being relatively inexperienced when it comes to the highest level, Stojkovic has worked closely with Wenger in the past. With the current boss seemingly impressed, this could be a sign of things to come.
Although he may appear a gamble, Arsenal would be wise to seek guidance from their most successful manager. Considering the trust the Arsenal board have in Wenger, it may not be as big a surprise as some might think, should Stojkovic appear in North London.