Pep Guardiola's decision to leave Bayern Munich has been bad news for both Manuel Pellegrini and Louis van Gaal. Respectively managing Manchester City and Manchester United, they have found their positions come under serious scrutiny as a result of Guardiola's imminent availability.
But while those two will undoubtedly do everything to cling to power in Manchester, it appears as though Arsene Wenger is ready to move out of the way for the former Barcelona manager. That is, at least, the suggestion made by a prominent Bild reporter.
Christian Falk, who is the go-to man when it comes to all things Bayern Munich, has suggested that the Arsenal manager has contacted Guardiola and that the north London outfit remain outsiders to seal his signature.
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He tweeted: "Pep #Guardiolas future: @MCFC ? @ManUtd ? I see a outside chance for @Arsenal - @SPORTBILD Information: Arsene #Wenger has already called..."
That would fall in line with a story from another reliable source, Charles Sale, who last week claimed that Guardiola was a big fan of the Gunners and would consider a 12-month sabbatical if Wenger agreed to step down in 2017.
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Time to step aside
Together, the reports appear to suggest that Wenger, whose contract will expire in 2017, is ready to consider stepping aside for a man who is basically a younger version of himself.
It would go against claims that both he and Arsenal are ready to extend his contract to 2019, but it would be an understandable decision from a man who will turn 67 next year, especially as the likely alternative will be losing Guardiola to one of their main Premier League rivals.
Manchester City have been buttering the former Barcelona manager up for years while United represent a similar project to the one he took on at Bayern Munich. Chelsea will need a new manager in the summer, but Roman Abramovich's insatiable habit of sacking managers may have ruled the Blues out of the race.
Arsenal have the stability, the philosophy, and the budget to draw someone like Guardiola to the club, but Wenger must first decide whether he has taken the Gunners as far as he can and whether or not Guardiola can take them further.
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