Luis Enrique could try and sign a world-class player if handed Arsenal job

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Arsenal are searching for a new manager for the first time in 22 years after Arsene Wenger announced he would leave the club last Friday.

A multitude of names are being considered.

It was revealed earlier on Monday that Arsenal's chief executive, Ivan Gazidis, wants Mikel Arteta to replace Wenger.

Other candidates that could be offered the job include Joachim Low, Massimiliano Allegri and Rafael Benitez.

Former player Patrick Vieira is also under consideration, but although he would be the favourite among many Arsenal fans, the Frenchman has played down taking over his former club.

"I spent nine years at Arsenal which makes the club really special for me," he told New York radio station WNYE last Saturday, per the BBC. "But that is not enough to coach the team."


Although a number of names are in the running, the favourite seems to be former Barcelona boss, Luis Enrique.

Arsenal supporters will undoubtedly be mixed if he is appointed. But, those that are unconvinced about him may be swayed if latest reports are to be believed.

According to AS, Enrique could be interested in signing a world-class player if given the job.

That player? None other than Andres Iniesta.

The two worked alongside each-other when Enrique was manager of Barcelona and it is believed Enrique will be keen on managing him again.

FC Barcelona vs Deportivo Alaves - Copa Del Rey Final

At 33 years old, the Spaniard is well past his prime. But he has proven this season that he is still capable of operating at a very high level, and there is no doubt that he would thrive in north London if given the opportunity.


But two other top European clubs are also said to be interested. 

AS state that Pep Guardiola and Manchester City have eyes on his contract situation. PSG are also said to be keeping tabs.


Iniesta was expected to move to China upon the expiration of his contract, but he is still yet to make a decision.

AS go on to state that it is this interest from top sides in Europe that has delayed the announcement of Iniesta's move to China.

Barcelona v Sevilla - Spanish Copa del Rey Final

And the legendary midfielder claimed he would make a decision this week.

"This week I will make the decision public," he said after his side won the Copa del Rey on the weekend. "There are many emotions, many feelings, many years.

"I'm happy to be able to give this image and the title. Today the people deserved this. I am happy personally and at a collective level.

"There are very strong emotions, the affection and respect that people have for me is something that I am very much grateful for. As I said, I will try to add this cup to the league.

"This week I will speak about the decision I make, as a person and as an athlete. The affection the people have shown me is priceless."

Would you like to see Iniesta make the move to Arsenal? Have your say about his future in the comments section below.

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