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The Four Hot Contenders to Replace Wenger

Hardly a new topic this one but it is an area that is gaining momentum every week and one that needs to be taken very seriously as either this summer or next, the Gunners are set to go through their most significant change since the switch from Highbury to the Emirates.

22-years at the helm is drawing to a close and still, no one is clear whether that will be this summer or next.

Wenger may be contracted until the summer of 2019 but failure to win the Europa League and thus qualify for the Champions League will put the Frenchman under severe pressure and with the weight of European heavyweight managers available, time may force Arsenal hands.

Either way, change is imminent with a host of names being linked closer and closer to the Emirates hot seat.

But who are they and what are their credentials?

Thomas Tuchel

Former Borussia Dortmund head honcho Thomas Tuchel is a man in demand and appears to be the name most often linked with the Gunners.

On a year’s sabbatical, Tuchel would have to be snapped up this summer if Arsenal have any hopes of snaffling the talented 44-year-old.

However, it is rumoured that he is more likely to take over at Bayern Munich or even PSG, but it seems Tuchel has a soft spot for the Gunners after claiming he fancies a stint in England.

After winning the German Cup with Dortmund during the 2016/17 season, he has tasted success and that would appeal to the fans especially with the fast-flowing expansive football his sides play.

Tuchel would be a popular choice but would need to be snapped up quickly which may prove the killing blow.

Fabio Capello

Something of a surprise contender, former England manager Fabio Capello odds have slashed over the last 48 hours.

Mainly because the Italian left Chinese Super League side Jiangsu Suning by mutual consent making the 71-year-old available immediately.

Despite a poor World Cup campaign with England, Capello does have an impressive club record having had stints at Real Madrid, Milan, Roma and Juventus winning seven Serie A titles and two La Liga Championships.

However, Capello would be viewed as a short-term replacement as his age will no doubt be a factor.

Perhaps one more to fuel rumours and make the bookies money but stranger things have happened in football.

Carlo Ancelotti

Premier caretaker man and seemingly much loved by the players, Carlo Ancelotti would be a popular choice among fans.

His most recent odds of 4/1 have made him the second favourite for the role and had a successful spell in England with Chelsea in which he won the Premier League title and FA Cup.

(Ancelotti in his Bayern Munich days – Photo Credit Associated Press)

Ancelotti is another manager available immediately after seeing his stint with Bayern Munich coming to an abrupt end earlier in the campaign.

The good news for the Gunners is that he has stated he wants to return to England and for the fans, Ancelotti would represent and proven a safe pair of hands unlikely to upset the applecart.

Massimiliano Allegri

The third of our Italian trio is current Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri.

Allegri’s contract with the Old Lady comes to an end this season and with Wenger still unsure whether he will remain next season, the timing is almost too perfect.

However, there is one major issue that may mean Allegri remains fourth on the list and that is his failure to grasp a new language.

When asked about learning Spanish after rumours were rife of a move to La Liga, Allegri told media:

‘I’m learning Spanish? I struggled to learn Italian at school!’

Allegri’s apparent undesired attempt to learn Spanish let alone English may prove his downfall in his bid to take over at the Emirates this summer.


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