Pep Guardiola's short term tendencies could be enough to put off Arsenal

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Pep Guardiola recently confirmed his intentions to leave FC Bayern Munich for the Premier League this summer. However, as a club is yet to secure the Spaniard's signature the English giants have been forced to scrap for one of the most well-regarded coaches in the game.

There have been strong links to both Manchester City and Manchester United with both clubs seeming willing to replace current bosses Manuel Pellegrini and Louis van Gaal.

Chelsea, of course, remain without a permanent manager after Jose Mourinho was sacked back in 2015 and it could well be the case Roman Abramovich will attempt to tempt Guardiola in the summer.


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There is then Arsenal who look well on their way to bringing the Premier League title back to north London after a long wait. The Gunners are also eyeing a third FA Cup in a row, which has not been done before in the modern era. If they can achieve it then there would be no real reason why Arsene Wenger would need replacing.

Some say that Wenger still has another four or five years in him where Arsenal can really compete and why not even longer than that. But would it be worth bringing in Guardiola to secure a top class manager worthy of replacing the current Arsenal boss now rather than letting him join a domestic rival.

Here’s a look at some of the advantages and disadvantages of appointing Pep Guardiola as manager.

Upon his promotion from coaching Barcelona B, Guardiola took the decision to sell some of Barcelona’s top players from the senior squad including Gianluca Zambrotta, Ronaldinho, Samuel Eto'o and Deco - all of whom weren’t part of his plans for the upcoming season; a sad moment for most Barcelona fans.

As a relatively new manager coming into one of the world’s most dominant clubs and having the nerve and confidence to completely change the core is something fans might consider as a drawback.

Arsenal fan favourites including Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Kieran Gibbs could be among the list of players axed by Guardiola upon appointment, despite the undeniable quality and loyalty of these players.

However, he does have the ability to scout out and push through deals for top quality players who he wants. It has often been the case of whoever he wants, he gets. In comparison, a criticism that is often aimed at Wenger is his unwillingness to buy new players.

Guardiola has also been known to consider the youth prospects and thus promoted Sergio Busquets, Thiago Alcantara and Pedro Rodriguez to the first team to embed into his plans - all are now successful big names in Europe. Arsenal have historically always possessed talented youngsters and Guardiola is the perfect candidate to unlock the potential from the youth squads.

A second drawback is that there is the fact that so far in his managerial career, Guardiola’s longest spell at a club has been just four years. If a club like Arsenal are going to appoint someone they would prefer to have a stable figure who they know has ambitions to stay at the Emirates for the long term.

There’s no denying his success and experience at the very top and there is an emerging pattern where he joins the side and instantly sees success, including in the UEFA Champions League - arguably the best title to win. Although Arsenal would be looking for this success his 'short-stay' tendencies will concern them.

One key positive is the Spaniard has a similar playing style to what Arsenal already encourage. As previously mentioned, he has been known to let players go even if these are fan favourites or some of the club’s legends, if they don’t fit into his plans.

But luckily here pretty much all of the Arsenal players play his style of football so there shouldn’t be any drastic changes or key players going out.

Overall appointing Pep Guardiola will bring many advantages to any club but it whether he would be prepared to wait for Wenger to move on seems unlikely.

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