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The top candidates to replace Arsene Wenger at Arsenal

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Missed opportunities and an internal civil war seems to sum up the season for Arsenal this year, with a second placed finish in the Premier League and no silverware to fill the cabinet.

The meteoric rise of Leicester City and the worrying progress made by Tottenham Hotspur seem to have highlighted even further the ever changing nature of the Premier League.

Arsène Wenger seems to be one of the few constants in a league focused around moving on, and according to the "Wenger Out" brigade, this is the very weight holding Arsenal back.

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Here we will review the best candidates for the Arsenal job once Wenger does officially decide to call it a day.

Laurent Blanc

The current Paris Saint-Germain manager has spent the last two seasons repairing his managerial profile after an unspectacular stint as the French national team manager.

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He has succeeded in winning back-to-back Ligue 1 titles and has also added domestic cup silverware, however, he has still not succeeded in the clubs aims of success in the Champions League.

With a large majority of Arsenal fans wanting the infusion of more star power into the squad, Blanc's experience at dealing with the biggest stars is likely to be a factor.

The PSG squad has a strength in depth with recognised stars in every position, and this will be the kind of team that Arsenal fans would hope to be replicating. 

Diego Simeone

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Current Atletico Madrid manager, and global fan favourite, Simeone certainly does not lack passion from the dugout.

The Argentinian has guided Atletico through one of their best periods as a club in recent memory, with a UEFA Europa League Cup, EUFA Super Cup, Copa del Rey, La Liga title and two Champions League finals.

As if this wasn't achievement enough, he has done this from a position that Arsenal fans are all too familiar with, as they lost several of their 'star' players during his tenure.

The question becomes, if Simeone could implement this style of management in a different club setting, or whether the manager would even be interested in leaving a club so close to his heart? 

Roberto Martinez 

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After recently being released by Everton, it may seem strange for the Spaniard to appear on a list of managers for what is considered one of the top four clubs in English football.

However, the alignment between the two parties styles can be seen by even the casual football fan, with the implementation of the possession and passing game.

The signings made by Martinez also seem to show a certain correlation with those implemented or required at Arsenal, as well as an incline towards the promotion of various young players. 

Manuel Pellegrini

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Recently replaced at the Manchester City helm by Pep Guardiola, the Chilean leaves with his head somewhat held high.

Pellegrini was largely popular amongst the City faithful, after leading them to a Premier League title and the furthest that they have managed to progress in the Champions League competition.

During his time at City, he showed that he was not going to shirk away from high profile signings, with players such as Kevin De Bruyne, Raheem Sterling, Nicolas Otamendi and Wilfried Bony.

Whilst these signings may not always have panned out, there is a certain beauty in the attempt associated with these big money signings. 

Give us YOUR thoughts. Who do YOU think should be managing Arsenal? Let us know in the comments below. 

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