Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is the longest serving manager in the Premier League.
With a reign nearly two decades long it appears that the Frenchman is finally closing in on the end of his time with the Gunners.
Having failed to guide his team into the Champions League places last season Arsene Wenger survived the pressure only to sign a new two-year contract with the London-based club but he is once again feeling the heat.
Arsenal’s poor display in the Carabao Cup final against Manchester City appears to have been the biggest blow this season and with another showdown against the Citizens in place for tonight, all eyes are back on Wenger again.
The latest result, together with the most recent financial report which claims that Arsenal’s incomes were affected significantly by the lack of Champions League football, ratcheted up the pressure which resulted in Arsene Wenger holding a series of meetings with Arsenal board and players this week.
Another season without the Champions League would come as a devastating blow for the Gunners and Arsene Wenger made sure to remind his players that drastic changes could occur during summer if such a scenario plays out.
Arsenal are currently 10 points behind fourth-placed Tottenham, with a game in hand, and will need a miracle to beat Citizens and boost their confidence in the top-four race.
The Gunners still have a chance of securing the Champions League football through Europa League – the way Manchester United did it last term – by winning the competition.
In the meantime, Arsenal board is preparing a list of potential candidates to replace Arsene Wenger and among top favourites – Carlo Ancelotti, Joachim Loew, Thomas Tuchel and Leonardo Jardim – a surprising name popped up.
Former Arsenal striker and legend Thierry Henry is currently an 8/1 price to be handed an opportunity to succeed his mentor.
Jamie Redknapp asked Thierry Henry whether he would take over on LiveTV and the former French striker did not say NO, which prompted backing from a wider audience and – most notably – Pep Guardiola’s former associate Joan Laporta.
“I gambled with Pep Guardiola at Barcelona, Arsenal should do the same with Thierry Henry. The same requirements we were appreciating in Pep Guardiola when we decided to put him as a coach of the first team, Thierry has many of them.”
“He knows Arsenal, the supporters, the club and he’s a guy that deserves everything he would like to achieve. I believe he could be a very good coach. For him, with his reputation, it’s not acceptable to fail.”, Laporta told the Telegraph.