According to the Daily Star, former Barcelona boss Luis Enrique is stalling on agreeing on a deal to become Chelsea boss because he would prefer a move to north London with Arsenal.
Speculation has continued over the future of Arsenal’s veteran boss Arsene Wenger. However, with the Gunners now in the last eight of the Europa League, it remains to be seen if the veteran Frenchman will leave the north London giants this summer.
Enrique an outsider for the job
According to the same report, Enrique has been discussed as a possible replacement for Wenger, if of course, the veteran boss does leave.
Luis Enrique is an outsider at odds of 16/1 to be the next Gunners boss. Those odds may reflect the fact that he is one of the favourites to replace Antonio Conte as Chelsea boss.
However, it appears that the Spaniard is wary of joining the Blues due to their habit of sacking bosses. It seems he would prefer the more secure hot seat in north London.
Enrique a good option for Arsenal
Enrique would be a good option for the Arsenal job this summer. He is the sort of progressive young coach that the Gunners need. The former Roma boss decided to take a rest after three years at Barcelona but fancies trying his hand in the Premier League.
Enrique has always tried to play attractive, attacking football. Granted he had some help at Barcelona with the likes of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar being his squad, but he still produced decent results with Los Cules.
The 46-year-old won two La Liga titles and the Champions League with the Catalan giants. He has experience of winning the big trophies, despite only enjoying a relatively short managerial career.
The pressure of being Arsenal boss would not be anything like that of managing Barcelona, especially as the Gunners have fallen so far off the pace of the top-four this season.
This is all theoretical
I do believe that talk about a new Arsenal boss is all theoretical and I can see Wenger still being in charge of the Gunners next season. The Gunners board seem unwilling to part company with the veteran French boss.
Wenger is also too stubborn to quit his role after over 20 years in the job. I would be highly surprised to see any other boss other than veteran Frenchman in charge at Arsenal next season.
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