Jurgen Klopp auditions to replace Arsene Wenger at Arsenal

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Arsene Wenger will have the pleasure of welcoming the man tipped to replace him at Arsenal when his team take on Borussia Dortmund at Emirates Stadium on Wednesday evening.

Jurgen Klopp seems to be the flavour of the month amongst Arsenal fans, who are growing louder in their calls to have Wenger removed from his distinguished post. Meanwhile Klopp has once again been singing love songs to the Premier League, hinting that it will be his next destination once he departs Dortmund.

“I think it's the only country I think where I should work, next to Germany," he said last week.

Under pressure

Tonight he takes on Arsenal for the sixth time since 2011 and Arsenal fans will once again be looking at the 47-year-old's credentials as a successor to Wenger. A win for Borussia Dortmund will surely see his stock rise further amongst the Arsenal faithful.

But is Klopp really the man to replace Wenger or is he simply the best alternative to a man some want removed as soon as possible? After all, both Wenger and Klopp find themselves under pressure in their respective roles.

While Arsenal are experiencing their worst start to a Premier League campaign, Borussia Dortmund are embroiled in an unlikely relegation scrap in the Bundesliga. They currently sit in the relegation zone having won just three out of 12 games.

Dortmund's domestic struggles will fly over the heads of the majority of Arsenal fans. They only see the well drilled side that has dominated Group D, including a 2-0 win over the Gunners earlier this season.

Domestic struggles

But it is clear that Klopp is struggling to rebuild a side that has been decimated in a way Arsenal have so frequently during Wenger's reign. Their best players have left for bigger clubs and Klopp has not yet found a solution to such a problem.

Wenger, although losing Samir Nasri, Cesc Fabregas and Robin van Persie in the space of 12 months, has managed to keep Arsenal competitive to the point where they were able to launch a Premier League title challenge last season. That is a feat that goes relatively unnoticed despite the fact they took on two billionaire-backed teams in Chelsea and Manchester City and nearly won.

Grass is always greener

But Arsenal fans are growing tired of the same old mistakes. They want a fresh look and Klopp is the man they want to deliver it. The irony is that Arsenal's affinity towards the German is borne out of his apparent likeness to Wenger.

They like the team built on a budget and the attacking football, just like Wenger has delivered at Arsenal. But they don't want Wenger anymore; rather something new, younger and with the potential to shake things up.


If Klopp wants to move to England then Arsenal will certainly be up there with his preferred destinations. As a result, tonight is likely to be an audition for him. Arsenal fans are ready to be won over by this charmer while Wenger fast becomes the villain.

A win for Borussia Dortmund will drop Arsenal further into crisis while elevating the illusion that Klopp is now Wenger's superior. The fact remains that both manager's are struggling and Arsenal fans should be careful what they wish for, regardless of tonight's result.

Klopp still has a lot to prove before he can be considered a potential replacement to a man as great as Wenger and the Arsenal board will be looking at his struggles in the Bundesliga as a black mark, not an opportunity to steal him away from a club he loves and is loved by in equal measure.

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