Succeeding Le Professeur – 3 Top Managers Capable Of Replacing Wenger At Arsenal
It’s not morally right to be speculating about the future of a manager who is still currently employed but that, as well all know, is the nature of the game.
Arsene Wenger has been at Arsenal’s helm for two decades and has enjoyed enormous success, even if some feel his past, a trophy-less decade has tarnished his legacy. But after another disappointing start to the season and with Wenger already 68 years old, it appears his glorious tenure at Arsenal is coming to an end.
In an interview with beIN SPORTS, Wenger has revealed that he will discuss his future with the Arsenal board at the end of the season. The critical decision for the Arsenal board will be identifying the right man to replace the Frenchman, as transitioning to a new manager will be extremely difficult.
With Arsenal’s wait for another Premier League trophy almost certain to stretch to a 14th season, fans are growing increasingly frustrated at the Emirates Stadium, where banners have once again appeared among supporters calling for Wenger to leave.
Here, we look at the three serious candidates that could replace Wenger and bring back the glory days at Arsenal.
Arguably observed as the obvious successor to Wenger, Tuchel is a manager who seems to tick all the boxes the Arsenal hierarchy are looking for. First and foremost, he already fits the club’s style of play—the attacking and energetic brand of football.
Tuchel was tasked with replacing Jurgen Klopp at Borussia Dortmund in 2015, but after initially thriving in the role, his charisma faded. He was surprisingly sacked by Dortmund last season, three days after leading the club to the German Cup- the club’s first major trophy in five years.
To those looking in from outside, this may appear the most senseless separation of coach and club in modern football history. In pure footballing terms, Tuchel’s tenure of two years at Dortmund was a boisterous success.
Sadly, despite winning the German Cup, he went away due to the rotting relationship that had grown since a long time between him and Dortmund.
Max Allegri replaced Antonio Conte as Juventus boss in 2014 and has enjoyed rich success in Turin. Although the decision to hire Allegri was initially met with ambivalence, he has led Juventus to three league titles, three Supercoppa Italiana successes and two Champions League finals.
Allegri is a canny man-manager and smart tactician who tweaks his system according to what is required rather than a doctrine. The Italian, since replacing Conte, has enhanced his reputation further and should improve Arsenal.
However, with such a great job already in his control and virtually another Scudetto this season, it is highly unlikely Allegri would swap Turin for London.
A manager with top pedigree, Diego Simeone is one of the favourites to replace Wenger at Arsenal. Simeone has proven himself as a top managerial talent, winning the La Liga in 2013-14, and then taking Atletico Madrid to two Champions League finals in 2014 and 2016, both of which they dejectedly lost to rivals Real Madrid.
The Argentine has been linked with a number of jobs lately, but his focus on introducing young players into the side will certainly appeal to the Gunners hierarchy. He has no experience of English football but winning the Premier League in his very first season at Arsenal won’t be a priority.
However, he recently signed a contract extension with Atletico Madrid that would keep him at the club until 2020 and given his love and loyalty to Atletico Madrid, it’d be difficult to convince him to join Arsenal.