Arsenal risk making the same mistake as Manchester United if they fail to go for Pep Guardiola

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Arsenal risk facing the same problems as Manchester United if they fail to pip Manchester City to outgoing Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola.

The Spaniard has sent the rumour mill into overdrive having announced his desire to manage in England when his contract in Germany expires over the summer.

And whilst Arsene Wenger may have guided the Gunners to silverware aplenty during his 20-year stint in north London, the reality is he's now entering his twilight years at the club.


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As a result, the club should attempt to convince Guardiola to take a sabbatical instead of succeeding Manuel Pellegrini at Manchester City.

Wenger may have won the FA Cup in the last two seasons, but it has been 11 years since his last Premier League title which has often led to discontent amongst supporters.

However, he seems to finally have a squad capable of mixing the swashbuckling and the sensible, with his tutelage key to the stunning form of Mesut Ozil.

Whilst there are no obvious signs yet that he is ready to leave the Emirates Stadium, the availability of Guardiola could convince the Gunners hierarchy to examine their options for the day he finally walks away.

The list of potential candidates has thinned in recent months, with Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool and Carlo Ancelotti readying himself to fill the vacant position at Munich.

United originally planned for a post-Sir Alex Ferguson era in 2002, but the Scot ultimately remained and scuppered any chances of bringing Sven Goran Eriksson to Old Trafford.

They were caught cold when he left in 2013, opting for David Moyes when it became clear that Jose Mourinho was returning to Chelsea and Ancelotti was snapped up by Real Madrid.

What followed has been a turbulent three years, with the seventh-place finish under Moyes succeeded by the appointment of Louis van Gaal, whose position at the club remains far from safe.

The Red Devils continue to hunt for a first trophy after Ferguson, but their hopes for the title already look over once again.

The general consensus seems to be that Guardiola will go to City, with the Sky Blues finally set to get the manager they crave most.

However, with the amount of flair players at their disposal, Arsenal should lay the groundwork to convince him to snub a move to the Etihad Stadium in favour of taking a year out of the game.

He did the same thing when he left Barcelona in 2012, admitting the job had left him drained, which could free up the possibility of a move to Arsenal.

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Thierry Henry
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