The rumours about Arsene Wenger’s future refuse to go away and the Mirror report that Arsenal have a four-man shortlist of possible replacements if the Frenchman does go. The club have been criticised for their lack of forward planning, but it appears that they are doing their research into their next managerial appointment and that will put them in the best position when the time comes to replace Wenger. The names mentioned in the article are Thomas Tuchel, Max Allegri, Roger Schmidt and Leonardo Jardim.
All four are seen as good managers on the continent, but Tuchel and Allegri would be the standout names for Arsenal supporters. They both have experience of managing big clubs, but Allegri has won major honours and reached a Champions League final. This is the kind of manager that Arsenal needs to be targeting. The advantages of Tuchel, Schmidt, and Jardim is that all three play entertaining brands of football and they would be able to carry on Wenger’s good work, albeit with more modern tactics. It is going to be interesting to see who is selected as Wenger’s successor and it is an appointment that Arsenal needs to get right. If not, they could end up falling down the table in a similar fashion to Manchester United after Sir Alex Ferguson.
Another positive story for Arsenal fans is that Bayern Munich aren’t playing their best football at the moment ahead of the Champions League tie between the two clubs, at least that is the view of Mats Hummels. The Gunners have had to face Munich on a few occasions in recent seasons, but many believe that this is their best chance of defeating the German side over two legs and Hummel’s comments will increase confidence in North London.
“For me personally, everything is great this season. I’m very happy with how I’m doing as a player. As a team, our results and our position in the table is okay.
“Even though on the pitch we aren’t always playing at the level we expected. That’s one thing we see, but it it’s something you can change immediately simply because you’ve noticed it.”
It was always going to be a transition year of sorts for the European giants as Carlo Ancelotti took over from Pep Guardiola. The two managers have different styles and it was always likely to take time for the players to move away from the in-depth tactical instructions given by Guardiola. Arsenal aren’t in great shape themselves, but they have the players to cause problems and they need to go into this tie with the belief they can triumph.
Finally, Carl Jenkinson has been discussing why his January move to Crystal Palace didn’t go through to the Mirror. He refuses that it was due to greed, despite numerous reports stating that to be the case. The reason the move fell through was due to a relegation clause that would have decreased his wages by 40% if Palace had been relegated. At this stage of his career, Jenkinson didn’t think that he could accept such a deal.
“It’s a culmination of things. When you do leave a club like Arsenal, things need to be right for you. Everything needs to be right.
“It needs to be the right manager and financially – don’t get me wrong, I don’t want silly money – but it needs to be something that’s right for me. I’m 25 years of age.”
It is interesting to hear why the move didn’t go through as it was one that made sense, but Jenkinson provides great insight into his career plans. He probably doesn’t have a future with Arsenal as he has failed to develop as was once expected, but he is good enough to be a Premier League player. This is why the move to Palace would have been a risk, as they may not be a top-flight team next season. Although it seemed greedy for him to turn down a January move, a transfer in the summer could be better for him in the long term.
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