Five managers who could replace Arsene Wenger

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We've reached the point in the season where it looks like once again, Arsenal are pretty much out of every competition. 

So who's responsible? Arsene Wenger has been receiving the brunt of the criticism in recent weeks like he always seems to do around this time of the year. 

Despite finishing in the top four in each of his last 19 seasons in charge, the supporters want more. And who can blame them? 


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Here are five names who could take the Gunners to the next step. 


If you wanted to choose someone who was quite the opposite of the current Arsenal boss, then look no further than Diego Simeone. 

Animated, passionate, and aggressive, the Atletico Madrid manager would certainly add some extra fire to the Premier League belly. 

He's not all fun and games, though. This guy is serious and very good at his job. 

Everyone will remember his heroics in the 2013/14 in which he toppled the Spanish giants to the La Liga title and was seconds away from completing the impossible in Lisbon. 

Although his next campaign in charge wasn't as successful, it's important to remember he lost Diego Costa, Felipe Luis and Thibaut Courtois to Chelsea. These three players were crucial to his side and he still managed to finish third and only lost to eventual winners Barcelona in the Copa Del Rey quarter-final. 

Atletico sit second in La Liga, with only the best team in the modern era above them. Simeone's side are ahead of Real Madrid however, and with the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale in Zinedine Zidane's team, that takes some doing. 

Gunners supporters should be begging him to join their side. Although Atletico have spent heavily this summer, Simeone has much fewer resources than the two Spanish giants, yet has still competed. If he joined the north London club he wouldn't be restricted by finances. 

Arsenal fans shouldn't think this is a distant dream either. With Atletico undergoing a transfer ban in the next two windows, Simeone could be tempted to move elsewhere. 

He might bring in-form Antoinne Griezmann with him too. A striker the Gunners have craved for since Robin van Persie left. 


Now this guy wouldn't get a bad reception from the Gunners supporters. 

87 goals, three Premier League titles and four FA Cups, Dennis Bergkamp is considered one of the greatest players to wear the shirt. 

But what has he been doing since he left the club in 2006? 

The Dutch International earned his coaching badges and is now the Ajax assistant manager. 

The problem for Arsenal fans is, of course, the lack of experience he has in the game. Who knows whether he will be a good enough manager at the highest level. Even if you were a great player, that doesn't always mean you're a great manager. 

Not only that, many Arsenal supporters know his nickname is the non-flying Dutchman after his fear of flying. In his autobiography, he stated he would never fly again, and if he became manager of Arsenal, he would certainly need to be on the plane sometimes. 

"I've flown countless times in large planes, small ones, tiny ones. At Ajax, I once flew in a minuscule plane over Mount Etna near Naples when we got into a terrible air pocket – in terms of flying, I've seen and done it all and I'm simply not flying again. Ever," Bergkamp said, as quoted by The Daily Mail. 


How about we add a World Cup winner to the list? Joachim Loew hasn't quite managed a team for the same length as Wenger, but he has been in charge of Germany for 10 years. 

He guided his team to become the champion of the world in 2014 and many bookies have listed him as the favourite to take over from Wenger. 

Loew actually received heavy criticism in 2012 for exiting the Euros to Italy in the semi-finals. With German newspaper Bild suggesting the German boss "lost a great chunk of his magic". 

The former SC Freiburg player has had very mixed results as a club manager. He won the German Cup in 1997 with Stuttgart but relegated German side Karlsrucher in 2000. 

Would he be a good fit at Arsenal? It's hard to tell, but he will at least, be very familiar with the likes of Mesut Ozil and Per Mertesacker. 


Another Arsenal legend on the list. After recently completing his coaching badges, Henry could replace his former manager in a couple of years' time. 

He is currently unable to replace Wenger this summer as he needs to earn his Uefa Pro license, but this could be an opportunity to learn his trade at a lower league side to gain experience. 

While Pep Guardiola showed how a former player can become an excellent manager, Gary Neville has also shown at Valencia the challenges that a footballer manager faces. 

It is probably too risky to throw the former French International into the hot seat in the next few years, but if he manages to be successful elsewhere, he could be the right man for the job. 


What a scenario this could be. Not only has he been the manager of Arsenal's London rivals Chelsea, not only has he called Wenger a "specialist in failure", but the Gunners could prise him away from Manchester United

Arsenal fans will probably be quite divided on this. On one hand, some supporters wouldn't want an old arch enemy to be their manager. While others will think, this guy wins major trophies, something Wenger has failed to in the last 12 years. 

It looked as if Mourinho was certain to replace Louis van Gaal in the summer, but The Sun reported that United could keep Van Gaal on if his side achieves top four this campaign. 

The lack of decisiveness has seemed to have thrown Mourinho and could now be tempted to succeed Wenger. 

The board will almost certainly be sceptical about signing him. While the former Chelsea boss has achieved incredible things during his career, the executives will be worried about his long-term impact. You only have to see how Chelsea performed at the beginning of the season to understand the concern. 

Then again we're likely to ever see a manager stay at a club as long as Wenger, and the fans are becoming impatient with the lack of league titles in recent times. 

Mourinho always talked about the wonderful squad that Wenger has on offer at Arsenal. If he took over and won the league with his side, then that could be the ultimate humiliation for Wenger. 

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