Pep Guardiola would be the perfect manager to help Arsenal end their agonising wait for a first Champions League crown.
The Spaniard has announced his decision to leave Bayern at the end of the season, bringing an end to three silverware-laden seasons in the Bundesliga.
Manchester City are favourites for his signature given the Spanish contingent that operate the higher positions at the club, whilst Roman Abramovich is known to harbour hope of recruiting him as Jose Mourinho’s successor.
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Guardiola is widely regarded as the best manager on the planet given all he has achieved since succeeding Frank Rijkaard at Barcelona back in the summer of 2008.
Despite being a rookie – with his previous experience gained at the La Liga side’s B team – he instantly set about imposing his own philosophy and sanctioned the departures of Ronaldinho and Deco mere weeks into his tenure.
What followed was an outstanding season that saw the club win the treble, with the 2-0 Champions League final victory over Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United achieved with a style and panache that made the world stand up and take note.
He won the trophy again two years later, as well as claiming three league titles and he has continued to deliver success during his time with Bayern.
Things may be going well for Arsenal at the moment, but the truth is that one day Arsene Wenger will walk away and the club will need to find a successor capable of sustaining the same levels of success as the Frenchman.
For years, the Gunners have become synonymous with attacking, exciting football, and whoever succeeds Wenger will also need to adopt a playing style similarly able to get supporters on their feet.
Guardiola has proven by winning the Champions league twice before that he can deliver on the European stage, and though he was fortunate to possess some talented individuals like Lionel Messi, it was the work of a strong unit rather than the reliance on just one player.
The 44-year-old is the obvious choice to succeed Wenger, and given the lack of candidates for the job, Arsenal must do all they can to ensure they beat City and Chelsea to his services when the time is right.
Mourinho will never occupy the helm at the Emirates Stadium given his scathing criticism of the club in the past, whilst they were also powerless to prevent Jurgen Klopp replacing Brendan Rodgers at Liverpool.
Carlo Ancelotti has admitted he is keen to manage in England again one day, but has already agreed to succeed Guardiola at Bayern. Arsenal must move or face falling behind in a similar way United have.
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