The Race to Succeed Wenger is on but is it a poisoned chalice?
When little-known Frenchman Arsene Wenger stepped into the Gunners hot seat in 1996, few could have predicted the overwhelming success he would bring to the club in the following ten years.
Three Premier League titles, four FA Cups and four community shields followed in his first ten years at the helm with things falling a little flatter in the preceding years with just three FA cups and three Community shields as a return.
Much has been made of the Wenger’s recent tenure with many fans expressing their displeasure at Wenger extending his contract in the summer to take him through to 2019.
However, it happened and already just five months in, talk is already turning to who will eventually take over the mantle from the Gunners most experienced and successful ever man in charge.
The Daily Star has claimed that Wenger himself has said that one of his choices to be the next Arsenal manager would be former Gunners man Giovanni van Bronckhorst.
The Dutchman played 64 games for Arsenal between 2001 – 2003 and is now the manager of Eredivisie side Feyenoord.
Last season, va Bronckhorst guided the club to its first Dutch title in 18 years as well as claiming the KNVB Cup in the season before.
These achievements have put the 42-year-old firmly to the top of Wenger’s mind but it appears the book maker disagrees. Van Bronckhorst is on at a distant 33/1 to be the next Gunners boss in these early stages but those odds are still longer than some surprising names such as Thierry Henry (25/1), Frank De Boer (25/1) and even former Villa boss Remi Garde also at 25/1.
Of course, before getting carried away with speculation, those looking for value in the betting market may be better off holding out a little while longer and heading to places where you can get real value, click here to download the betfair app and get the latest odds, but as time goes by the picture will become clearer. Betting odds of next manager markets are usually the most reliable indicator of what gaffer-in-waiting could pick up the next hot seat. Many betting apps can tell you this information with the click of a button and because the data is fed into the app via a live feed, the odds are always instantaneous and up to date.
But what awaits the next Arsenal manager and could he be on a hiding to nothing?
David Moyes and Louis Van Gaal found out to their detriment the challenges faced with taking over a giant of a club from a man who has wielded power for a long time and only now, after four years since Sir Alex Ferguson stepped down, have the Old Trafford outfit looked like a force once again.
Naturally, each scenario is different and much of the blame is laid at Arsene’s door for a lack of investment into the playing staff and ambition of the club to just balance the books rather than push on for glory.
With the January transfer window fast approaching, the fear is that a host of stars are set to leave, if that happens and Wenger does not successfully replace key team members, then whoever steps into the breach may find themselves set up to fail and with a poisoned chalice on their hands.
Change is coming to the Emirates and the transition must begin now in order to give the next man every opportunity to succeed, the worry is that urgency fails to be a priority for the Gunners hierarchy.