According to the Daily Mail, former Barcelona boss Luis Enrique is now the front-runner to replace Arsene Wenger as Arsenal boss this summer. The Frenchman is set to leave after 22 years in north London and Enrique is available after a short rest from football.
It would certainly be an interesting appointment for the Gunners, who will be looking for a return to the top-four next season.
History of winning trophies with a big club
While Enrique coaches the likes of Roma and Celta Vigo in his early years as a boss, it is his three-year stint at Catalan giants Barcelona that is best remembered. The former Spanish international won nine trophies in just three years, including winning La Liga twice and the Champions League on occasion.
His three years at Barcelona have surely prepared Enrique for anything that management can throw at him. The press in Spain and Catalonia can be brutal, just like the British media.
Would fit the Arsenal style
Enrique was criticised during his time at Barcelona because his style of play was not Tiki-Taka enough for the media and some of the fans. However, Enrique does like his team to retain possession but prefers to hit teams with quick breaks than maintaining possession with little product.
With players like Alexandre Lacazette, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alex Iwobi and Danny Welbeck the Gunners have the players to play Enrique’s way. It may not be as possession-based as Arsene Wenger’s team, though.
Not a terrible option
The Arsenal job will still be an attractive prospect for managers. The Gunners are traditionally one of the biggest clubs in the English games. The club from north London has many options when it comes to the team’s next boss.
Enrique is currently the favourite to be the next Arsenal boss at 11/4. However, the likes of Carlo Ancelotti, Joachim Low, Thomas Tuchel, Patrick Vieira, Massimiliano Allegri and Brendan Rodgers have all been linked with the job.
The choice of next boss is likely to be a pivotal decision in the clubs future. The Gunners hierarchy will no doubt have a number of candidates in mind that they wish to speak to this summer, or have already spoken to about the job.
For me, Enrique would not be a terrible appointment. He is available, more importantly, he has a history of managing a team to success at home, and abroad, and that sort of experience could be invaluable for the job.
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