There had been rumours doing the rounds over the past 24 hours that Arsenal have made an approach for Thomas Tuchel to replace Arsene Wenger. However, according to the Daily Mail, the club have denied those claims quickly and the Frenchman’s future remains unclear. The Borussia Dortmund manager is highly rated in the game and it would be difficult for the Gunners to convince him to leave the German club, but it is encouraging that they are being linked to this calibre of coach. With the news that Wenger is set to decide on his future in the immediate future, the speculation about his possible replacement will ramp up.
The project at Dortmund is beginning to take off as they have put together one of the most exciting squads in the world. There is a lot of room for growth and they believe that Tuchel is the right man to lead the club for the coming years. Although he is a coach that will be attracting interest from other clubs, it is difficult to see him leaving Signal Iduna Park this summer. That said, Arsenal are clearly putting serious time into putting together a list of managerial targets, which suggests that they expect a vacancy at the end of the season.
If there is going to be a managerial vacancy at the Emirates Stadium, former player Alan Smith believes that some of Europe’s top managers will be queuing up to succeed Arsene Wenger. He has been speaking about the Frenchman’s situation and isn’t surprised that the board are starting to consider possible replacements.
“If Arsenal are not sounding out managers at this stage there is something badly wrong, they are not doing their job. If Wenger said tomorrow ‘right, I’m leaving’ then Arsenal would be left high and dry because they would have to scramble to see who might be out there and who might be available.
“They have got to sound people out. That would only be natural. Whether that is through a third party or whatever – that happens all the time.”
The Premier League is a draw and the top six clubs have the ability to appoint some of Europe’s best coaches. This has been evident by the appointments made by Manchester City, Chelsea, and Liverpool in recent seasons. There have been some exciting names linked to the post such as Thomas Tuchel and Max Allegri. They need to appoint a manager with the mental strength to take over from Wenger and the ability to rebuild the club. It is an important decision and one that they can’t afford to rush.
It has been an incredibly disappointing few weeks for Arsenal as they have been humiliated in the Champions League and fallen to sixth position in the league. They now face an uphill battle to qualify got next season’s Champions League and that will be a major blow as they look to become a team capable of challenging for the title. As published in The Sun, Alan Shearer has been discussing the Gunners’ recent plight and suggested that it shows that Arsene Wenger has lost the dressing room.
“Arsenal’s players made it blatantly obvious at West Brom that they do not want Arsene Wenger to stay,”
The performances haven’t been great and there does appear to be a lack of passion on the field, with several players going through the motions on the pitch. It is a huge statement that the players don’t want him to stay, but it is obvious that something isn’t quite right at the Emirates Stadium. The team have regressed in recent seasons and there is an air of inevitability every season that they will fail to push on to challenge for major honours. It is the right time for him to leave and that seems to be generally agreed across the media.
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