We weren’t planning on putting together another piece today, but we felt as if it was required given the scale of what we’re about to talk about. As reported by The Express, former Arsenal forward and club legend Thierry Henry has emerged as a shock contender to potentially become the new manager at the Emirates. This comes after a great deal of speculation that Mikel Arteta could be in line to replace Arsene Wenger, as this seemingly never-ending saga continues.
With veteran boss Arsene Wenger managing the team for the last time later today at Huddersfield, there is a sense of a major chapter ending and a potentially new exciting beginning.
Nobody yet knows who the new Gunners will be this summer. However, that makes for some interesting times ahead for Arsenal fans.
Managerial rookies with Arsenal backgrounds
Two of the names doing the rounds in relation to Arsenal are Manchester City assistant boss Mikel Arteta and New York City FC boss Patrick Vieira. Both players captained the team at various stages of their careers.
A lot of people have been throwing around some ideas regarding who should take over from Arsene Wenger as Arsenal’s next manager. A handful of suggestions have been plausible, whereas some others have been a little bit ridiculous – and as reported by Sky Sports, Arsenal legend Robert Pires has a suggestion that we believe falls into the latter category.
“We talk about Allegri, Ancelotti, Luis Enrique… My two friends Patrick Vieira and Mikel Arteta too. I don’t know who the next manager is for Arsenal but they need to find the right philosophy.
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.
As Arsenal’s search for a new manager continues, the Telegraph are now reporting that the club are interested in finding a cheaper, younger option with a more modern style of coaching.
The transfer budget, not counting sales income, for the new man in the post this summer would be £50 million as the ability to get the best out of the players already here and to promote youthful talent will be a key feature of whoever is appointed.
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.
After Arsene Wenger announced his departure after 22 years at the club, the most intriguing question is, naturally, who his replacement will be. There have been plenty of speculations from reliable journalists and those less reliable alike, but the truth is – nobody knows. Nobody outside the club, that is.
As for those on the inside, former Manchester United defender Gary Neville believes they do. The Sky Sports pundit is adamant that the Arsenal board and the likes of Ivan Gazidis know exactly who will take the reins that steer the Arsenal team from Wenger.
According to the BBC, veteran Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger will step down as the north London clubs boss at the end of the season after more than two decades in charge.
Wenger is quoted by the BBC as saying: “I am grateful for having had the privilege to serve the club for so many memorable years,” said Wenger. “I managed the club with full commitment and integrity.
“To all the Arsenal lovers, take care of the values of the club.”
Premier League rivals Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur are looking to prize Spanish midfielder Mikel Arteta away from the Emirates at the end of the season, according to the Daily Mirror.
Before you start wondering why on earth would the title contenders want the 34-year-old in their midfield department, we should note that the two clubs want the Spaniard to take up a coaching role.
Namely, the veteran midfielder could decide to retire from football at the end of the current campaign, with his contract at Arsenal set to expire and the injury problems still very much present.
Arsenal have never adequately replaced former midfielder Patrick Vieira since the Frenchman left the club in 2005/06 to join Juventus (£14M approx.), with the likes of Alex Song and Lassana Diarra failing to replicate the antics of the Gunners’ ex midfield general, and many feel it’s why the Londoners continue to fall short in the title race.
Francis Coquelin has attempted to take on the destroyer role for Arsenal in the last year, but is at times guilty of being lightweight, while struggling to drive forward with the ball at his feet. Supporters have cried out for a new face to come into the midfield as a result, but manager Arsene Wenger seems content with what he has this campaign.