Arsenal were defeated by Leicester City at the King Power Stadium on Wednesday evening by 3-1 with young Konstantinos Mavropanos was sent off in the 15th minute, and although the result means absolutely nothing point-wise, it would have been nice if it could have ended otherwise.
This was the game before last with Arsene Wenger in charge of the team, and the players will have a chance of sending the long-enduring manager off with a better result when they meet Huddersfield on Sunday. David Wagner’s men endured a strong test at Stamford Bridge in midweek. They got away with a single point that guarantees their Premier League survival, all but ending Chelsea’s hopes of a top-four finish. Arsenal can be backed at 8/13 to win Wenger’s last game in charge.
But with the Frenchman’s time in the dugout coming to an end this week, Arsenal are working hard on choosing the right person to take his place from this point on. According to John Cross of the Mirror, the list of potential candidates has now grown shorter with Luis Enrique eliminated from it. It seems the former Barcelona boss’s wage demands were a bit too cheeky for the Gunners’ board. Meanwhile, Hoffenheim’s Julian Nagelsmann has expressed his wish to stay in Germany for another season. Liverpool assistant manager Željko Buvač also doesn’t seem to be in contention anymore.
The list of names that will eventually be presented to the Kroenkes – it seems Stan’s son Josh will have a big say in this – at this moment contains five names: Massimiliano Allegri, Patrick Vieira, Mikel Arteta, Joachim Löw and Leonardo Jardim.
Allegri has expressed his interest in seeking a new challenge in North London, but Juventus are keen on keeping their man and are preparing a lucrative offer of a new deal for him. Löw is an option, but his appointment would have to wait until his attempt at World Cup title defence ends. Former Arsenal captains Vieira and Arteta would be popular long-term choices, though there has been concern over their managerial experience. Vieira has, however, said that he is ‘ready’ if Arsenal should call on him. Jardim is very well thought of too, and the Monaco coach certainly wouldn’t be a bad choice.
Nothing seems to be decided at this point, and we’ll just have to wait and see.