Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger’s contract expires in 2014 and although many Arsenal fans would like to see the Frenchman stay on, he might opt to leave for a rumoured Paris Saint-Germain position.
If that happens, Arsenal’s board should do all they can to lure Jurgen Klopp away from Borussia Dortmund.
The German worked miracles with his young Dortmund side and could do the same at the Emirates. Klopp took over at Borussia Dortmund in 2008 when the club had just finished in a lowly 13th position in the Bundesliga.
In his first season at the helm, Dortmund beat Bayern Munich to claim the German Cup. In his second season he guided the club to a respectable fifth position in the Bundesliga table and in 2011 and 2012 they finished on top.
In the 2012/13 season Bayern secured an early title but after thrashing Real Madrid 4-1 in the first leg of the Champions League semi final, Klopp’s side stand a very good chance of advancing to the final and beating their rivals Bayern Munich – who look likely to enter the final after beating a despondent Barcelona 4-1.
Klopp achieved all this without the financial backing that their neighbours Bayern enjoy and this adds to his allure for a managerial position at Arsenal – as the north London club is also forced to work with limited funds.
Similar to Wenger, Klopp has embraced the youth academy at Dortmund and has groomed some fine talents with players such as Nuri Sahin, Mario Gotze and Marcel Schmelzer climbing through the ranks.
In 2010 Klopp purchased Shinji Kagawa from Cerezo Osaka for a mere €350,000. Kagawa then caught the eye of Sir Alex Ferguson who brought the player to Old Trafford at an estimated €17 million.
He has since flourished at United and was one of the key players in the League winning side this season. He also has a good eye for spotting talent, bringing them to the club at low prices, and moulding them into world-class players.
Another example is Robert Lewandowski who also signed for Dortmund in 2010 for a reported €4.5 million.
Lewandowski has since become one of the best strikers in Europe, scoring four goals against Real Madrid in the recent semi final. He is also on Arsenal’s radar to add firepower to the Gunners’ attack.
Dortmund play with a unique style, similar to the Gunners, dominating possession and passing and scoring with a certain panache. Arsenal have been called the ‘Barcelona-light’ of football due to their fluid passing game and Klopp’s Dortmund also falls in that category.
The German will therefore feel at home at the Emirates and would have to change little to the style of play.
Arsene Wenger has achieved great success at Arsenal and the fans will be forever grateful to the Frenchman, but perhaps it is time that someone like Jurgen Klopp – with a proven track record – step in to rejuvenate a somewhat stagnant Arsenal side.
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