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.
Vieira is considered an Arsenal legend, as he played a major part in Wenger’s most successful period at the club, including playing being part of the Invincibles team.
Arteta won a bit less acclaim and trophies while at the club. However, he was a decent servant before moving on to be part of Pep Guardiola’s backup staff, most recently as his assistant.
Both are inexperienced in the managerial game. In fact, Arteta has never managed a first-team, only been an assistant coach to Guardiola. His appointment would be a gamble. No doubt he will have learned a lot from his proximity to Guardiola.
Vieira has slightly more experience and his New York team certainly play with a certain style of play, close to that of the successful sides under Wenger. Vieira likes his teams to pass the ball, retain possession and press high up the pitch. The Frenchman has enjoyed varying success so far in the Big Apple.
The high-profile winners
The other more experienced options seem to be the likes of Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri and former Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti. In fact, Allegri is the current favourite for the job at odds of 2/1.
Allegri has the sort pedigree that would make him a hard candidate to ignore for any top club. Ancelotti meanwhile has won every European trophy going and reportedly recently turned down the chance to manage his national side, as he wanted to return to club management.
The new boss announcement may be pretty soon
With the World Cup and the prospect of a shorter transfer window, it seems sensible that Arsenal are likely to act quickly in appointing Arsene Wenger’s successor. The new man will need time to bed into his new role.
Whether the new boss can do any better than Wenger did in the role in the last decade remains to be seen. The Gunners are heading into the unknown this summer with a managerial appointment for the first time in over a decade. It will be fascinating to see the outcome of the clubs decision.
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