With the pressure intensifying on Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger after another season without the Premier League title; or even a concerted assault on the trophy in truth, and his contract running out next May with yet no clear indication of when; or if, a new deal will be signed, it is fair to say there is a distinct possibility Arsenal could soon have a new man at the helm.
As with all big Champions League clubs, it is hard to see who exactly is ready for the job, especially as all of the world’s best managers; such as Pep Guardiola, Jürgen Klopp and Carlo Ancelotti, have recently taken jobs at rival clubs.
Over the next few pages. here are five managers who could be available, willing, and experienced/good enough to take the job and the club to the next level. Let us know your thoughts on the selection in the comments below, and suggest any names who we may have missed.
The Atlético Madrid manager since 2011, Diego Simeone has lifted the Spanish club to new heights. A league title, a Europa league title, a UEFA Super Cup, a Copa Del Rey and two Champions League final appearances against rivals Real Madrid has seen the Argentine cement himself as one of the best modern managers around, able to pit his wits against the best.
Clearly capable of taking Arsenal into a more modern, fresh era, it could be said that Simeone would see staying at Atlético as a more exciting proposition for himself, at least for the next few years. A move to Arsenal would mean having to alter the Gunners’ playing style, and probably alter the whole philosophy of the club, including bringing in fresh players and staff, which could take a while to get going.
More importantly, it seems unlikely at this moment in time that the hierarchy at Arsenal would want a manager who seemingly plays in such a way that is the opposite of what Arsene Wenger plays, despite being more successful, not even considering the vast differences in personality and way that the two men conduct themselves in the technical area.