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Who will replace Arsene Wenger?


The end of the Arsene Wenger era is a significant moment, not just because of the impact he has had at Arsenal, but also because of his towering stature in English football. 

A string of trophies and regular Champions League qualification have been the results of the Arsene Wenger revolution, and although they haven’t won the Premier League since 2004, Wenger’s replacement will have plenty of top quality international stars with which to build a team. Arsenal are currently sixth in the odds on www.Stakers.com for next season’s Premier League and that price could look like great value come next May.

With a great infrastructure, top quality scouting, one of the best squads in Europe and a loud, passionate fan base, there is lots of potential for the new manager at the Emirates. So who is in line to replace the legendary Frenchman?

Carlo Ancelotti

There aren’t many coaches in Europe with a better record than Ancelotti. The former Italian international has managed Juventus, Milan, Real Madrid, Paris St-Germain and Bayern Munich and has won three Champions League titles along the way. He has also had experience in the Premier League, winning the double with Chelsea. There is little doubt that he could win things with Arsenal, but his record does not suggest he would be one for the longer term.

Diego Simeone

As Arsenal discovered to their cost in the Europa League, Simeone is a master tactician. The only manager who has been able to challenge the Real Madrid-Barcelona duopoly in recent years, Simeone would certainly be the man to correct the Gunners’ weakness in defence, but his style of play may be too much of a culture-shock for the Arsenal fans.

Joachim Low

Winning the World Cup is the pinnacle for any manager and Joachim Low is one of the most respected coaches in the game thanks to his exploits with Germany. His ability to bring through young players will also fit in well with the Arsenal tradition. But will Low be able to transfer his international skills to the daily grind of Premier League football?

Patrick Vieira

As the midfield colossus who played a pivotal role in the famous Arsenal sides of the late 1990s and early 2000s, it is hard to think of a more popular appointment than Vieira. He has also been gaining valuable coaching experience, working with Manchester City reserves, and since last year, managing New York City FC. Managing Arsenal would certainly be a step up, but his status at the club and among the fans would mean he’d start with plenty of goodwill.

Thierry Henry

As Arsenal’s all-time top scorer, Thierry Henry is another member of the ‘Invincibles’ who would be welcomed by Gunners’ fans. And like his countryman Vieira, Henry has acquired coaching credentials. He has worked as Arsenal Under-18 coach and earned the UEFA A Licence before joining the Belgian coaching staff. His lack of significant managerial experience may count against him, but he could be a plausible option as an assistant.

Whichever of the many candidates vying for the job eventually gets their chance, they will be able to benefit from the infrastructure and traditions that Wenger has put in place; a foundation of excellence that can help the Gunners return to the top of English football. 

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