Arsene Wenger’s security as Arsenal’s manager is being questioned once again after the team only managed a 0-0 draw with Sunderland on Sunday.
The result cast the club’s hopes of confirming Champions League football into doubt, and hammered home the fact that their lack of consistency means they haven’t won the Premier League since the 2003-04 season.
The lack of silverware has led to calls for their long serving manager to finally get the boot, and it looks like it could happen at the end of this season. Arsenal could have the perfect option for them, but only under a certain set of circumstances.
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The only way that the London outfit could get their hands on Luis Enrique, is if he was sacked by Barcelona, probably for not winning La Liga, after throwing away a nine point lead after a string of poor results. Yet this man seems to tick every box for Arsenal’s ownership.
Enrique has experience at one of the biggest clubs in the world, which means he is used to massive expectations being placed on his shoulders. His Barcelona team keeps hold of possession, but their style means their attacks can be measured, or they can hit teams on the break with pace. Arsenal play with a similar style, meaning the players wouldn’t have to adjust their mentalities too much.
Enrique’s team have been strong at the back and simply sublime going forwards, scoring 102 goals and only conceding 29.
Whether he could replicate the goal scoring antics of the famous MSN strike force at Arsenal could be seriously questioned, as MSN is made up of three of the best players in the world. However, Enrique’s calibre as a manager means he could attract top players to try to emulate such goal scoring heights, as well as using the talents of Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil.
His choice of formation, 4-3-3, may push certain players like Ozil out of their natural position, without anyone occupying a role behind the striker. The German playmaker may be shipped out anyway, as Enrique almost makes his players work harder off the ball than on it.
This emphasis on high work rates could mean that players like, Sanchez and Aaron Ramsey could flourish. Enrique could look to add to his attacking ranks, with Alexandre Lacazette being linked to the club, and could be tempted with the financial power of Arsenal.
Whether Enrique can make the transition to English football, a more physical league, and bring glory without the likes of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez remains a question, but if Barcelona give him the chop, he is an option Arsenal will be seriously considering.
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