Next season promises to be Arsenal’s biggest in Premier League history.
All of the country’s top clubs will have new managers at the helm. Jose Mourinho will be at Manchester United, Pep Guardiola at Manchester City and Antonio Conte at Chelsea, whilst the Gunners are stuck with Wenger.
Given the influx in new and talented managers, that begs the question. With so many top managers currently in employment, who realistically would be a contender should Wenger leave in a year’s time?
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Many Arsenal fans would have loved to have seen Guardiola occupy the comfy leather seats at the Emirates Stadium. His attacking and slick style of play will instead be present at the Etihad, where he would be unlikely to leave for another English team no matter how things go.
The same for Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool. He seems settled there, adored by the fans and has the look of a man in for the long haul. Mauricio Pochettino at Tottenham Hotspur is a great young manager, but would unlikely jump ship to their fiercest rivals.
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Mourinho and Wenger have never quite seen eye to eye over the years, therefore, the thought of him at United will not pain many Arsenal supporters. Nevertheless, he would have brought success to the club, even if his Chelsea past would be a blotch on his record.
The dream for the supporters would be Diego Simeone, given the way he has worked miracles at Atletico Madrid, but luring him away from the club would be difficult particularly with a move to a new stadium in the offing.
Perhaps the best choice would be in Serie A. There are two managers, one of which who has already coached in England, that could be a suitable replacement for Wenger.
Roberto Mancini won the title and FA Cup during his time at Manchester City and was bitterly unlucky to be sacked for Manuel Pellegrini. With Juventus winning Serie A every year, he may find the prospect of a return to tempting to turn down.
Speaking of Juve, their boss Massimiliano Allegri would also be a fine choice. He has helped them evolve since the days of Conte, guiding them to the Champions League final last year, and his gung-ho approach would be welcomed by the north London club.
Arsenal will hope their faith in Wenger pays off, but they may regret their decision not to hire anybody this summer.
They have missed out on a whole host of managerial talent and could not afford to do the same when the Frenchman finally leaves.
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