Arsenal should pursue Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola in replacement of Arsene Wenger next summer if they fail to win the Premier League.
The Gunners are currently in a very tough position, facing elimination from the Champions League should they come away with anything less than victory against Olympiacos and slumping to fourth in the Premier League following weekend defeat to West Brom.
Having shared top spot with Manchester City for the last few weeks, injuries have plagued Arsene Wenger's squad and meant for readjustment to deal with various first team players on the treatment table.
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The Frenchmen faces a battle to save the club's season as a result, but if history holds any bearing, it's unlikely the Gunners will maintain a Premier League challenge unless Wenger plunges into the January transfer market.
If he doesn't, and Arsenal finish in their customary third or fourth place, the north London side must relieve their veteran manager and seek to sign Guardiola, who has previously sounded out his desire to manage in London.
Such an acquisition would prove a masterstroke. The Spaniard's success with Barcelona and Bayern suggests he could be the solution to Arsenal's title drought.
Wenger has been in charge of the Emirates side for some 17 years now, yet has failed to secure a major title in 11 seasons.
Arsenal last won the Premier League in the 2003/04 season, during which they went the entire season undefeated, registering 26 wins and 12 draws.
Since then, the Gunners have struggled for success away from the FA Cup. Whether it's an early exit from the Champions League or the infamous fourth-placed finish in the Premier League, something always seems to be missing for Arsenal.
Perhaps it's the team's mentality that has worked against them for so many years now. Ever since reaching the Champions League final in 2006, the Gunners have struggled to muster a strong group stage and progress past the last 16.
Regardless, the club's patience must eventually run dry with Wenger. The job he has done at Arsenal is admirable, but it's about time he handed the reigns over to a new manager.
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