Arsene Wenger has been in the headlines quite a lot in the previous few days.
Not only did he celebrate his 20th anniversary of being Arsenal manager this weekend, but he’s being heavily linked with the vacant England job.
After Sam Allardyce left his role as Three Lions boss in unceremonious circumstances last week, the FA are on the hunt for another man to take the national side forward.
Chief executive of the FA, Martin Glenn, described Wenger as the ‘perfect fit’ earlier this week, while the Frenchman has admitted he would love the opportunity to manage England by saying: “(It is) the passion for me. It's paradise for football. It's as simple as that.”
In the previous two decades, Wenger has established himself as one of best managers in world football, leading the Gunners to three league titles and six FA Cups.
But the club have gone 12 years without lifting the Premier League and there are some England fans that are doubting Wenger’s ability to take over from Allardyce.
And Sky Sports pundit and former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has highlighted Wenger’s biggest weakness. He believes that the 68-year-old is unable to adapt his tactics in certain matches - something that would be disastrous for England in international competitions.
“There is no more accomplished manager than Wenger in the bookmakers’ odds but if I think about his strengths, I think about the transfer market, knowing when to buy and sell players, developing young talent and playing with style," he wrote in his Daily Mail column.
“What I don’t regard him as is a great tactician in one-off matches. His teams never change the way they play and his record in the Champions League, certainly over the last 10 years, hasn’t been particularly good.
“I would be surprised, then, if his appointment as England boss came about.”
It’s a criticism that Wenger has faced in recent years, the fact that he refuses to change his tactics and philosophy no matter the match and concentrates fully on his own players ahead of the match, rather than the opponents.
With Wenger’s contract at the Emirates club expiring in the summer, it leaves all parties in a difficult position. Will the FA wait until next summer if Wenger admits that he wants the job?
Or will Wenger sign a new deal in north London if he’s offered one?
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