The last thing that came out about the Gunners’ attempts to find a man that will fill the shoes of Arsene Wenger was that the club’s CEO Ivan Gazidis was set to recommend Mikel Arteta for the job. However, Sky Sports, who provided that piece of news, now claim according to their sources that there are growing concerns about the lack of managerial experience od the former Arsenal captain, and a belief exists the pressure of being in charge of the squad at such a big club would come too soon for him.
So now, Luis Enrique has emerged as the favourite again. The former Barcelona coach worked with Arsenal’s director of football relations Raul Sanllehi at the Catalan club, and he would “love” the job, as Guillem Balague said a few days ago, but Sky Sports believe he would be the leading candidate for the Chelsea job too if Antonio Conte leaves.
Another name that has appeared on the club’s shortlist is Ralf Rangnick, the current director of sports at RB Leipzig. Jürgen Klopp, now at Liverpool of course, and Tomas Tuchel, Klopp’s successor at Borussia Dortmund who is after a job himself at the moment, both praised Rangnick as the key influence in their respective tactical and management approaches.
Arsenal’s head of recruitment Sven Mislintat and former goalkeeper Jens Lehmann are apparently both in favour of Rangnick, who is well known for his work in developing young players. That might not be the best piece of news for some of the senior players, but the likes of Alex Iwobi, Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Reiss Nelson would certainly benefit from working with such a manager.
Meanwhile, after refusing to comment on the links with the Arsenal job, Patrick Vieira now says he’s “ready” if a call from Arsenal should come his way, but he also stresses that it hasn’t happened yet.
We should certainly expect a lot of going back and forth with this situation, as new reports and claims come out practically every day.