According to Metro, former Manchester City manager and current Hebei China Fortune boss Manuel Pellegrini is on the shortlist to replace Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger when he finally leaves the club.
The Gunners continue to fall down the ranks this season both domestically and in Europe, having lost four consecutive games since 2002. Many fans are wondering just how low things can go throughout the remainder of the campaign, as the calls for Wenger to walk away or be sacked grow stronger and stronger.
The search begins
It’s no surprise to see that names are being mentioned when it comes to replacing the Frenchman because at this stage, he could go tomorrow and very few people would think it’s the wrong decision.
With that being said, the introduction of someone like Pellegrini would likely come at the end of the current season in order to give him more time over the summer to build the squad ahead of the kick-off in August.
“The Arsenal thing is a certain possibility,” a source close to Pellegrini told Chilean newspaper La Cuarta.
“Manuel is a respected name in the Premier League since he won the title with Manchester City. Arsenal are aware of their options.”
Pellegrini’s strong case
While Pellegrini may not be a name which automatically jumps off the page when it comes to selecting Wenger’s successor, nobody can deny that his time in England was relatively successful. Not only did he lift the Premier League title with City in his first year with the club, but he also the first man from outside Europe to guide a team to the EPL crown.
Plus, and perhaps most importantly, the Chilean’s City squad scored an outrageous 151 goals in all competitions which is still an English football record to this day. By all accounts, it seems like it’d be a good fit, but there are still a few question marks surrounding the whole thing.
Firstly, it would’ve seemed like a smart idea for Arsenal to go after a fresh young English manager after over two decades of having Wenger in charge. Pellegrini isn’t exactly getting any younger at the age of 64, and he’s spent the last two years hidden away in China.
A challenge of this magnitude is going to require someone special, and it remains to be seen as to whether or not Pellegrini can provide Arsenal with the injection of life which they require.
Is Manuel Pellegrini the right man to lead Arsenal forward?