Arsene Wenger hasn’t long signed a three-year deal to stay at Arsenal FC. Taking the iconic manager into his second decade at the cub. Yet many are calling for change and and they want it now. But who could be the Arsene Wenger replacement?
Leaving the Emirates stadium behind will most likely be known as Wenger’s greatest achievement when combined with achieving top four finishes throughout, but slightly soured with that small trophy drought. All will be forgotten in the years to come – trust that gut feeling.
Who Could Dare To Be The Wenger Replacement?
He also leaves behind lucrative sponsor ship deals with numerous global companies, most notably Puma. At the time of announcement, January 2013, Arsenal signed a £150 million five-year kit deal with Puma, which was the largest in British football history at the time. Ensuring progression is at the forefront of any Arsenal motive. After all, this isn’t just about football anymore it’s a business, an extremely lucrative business.
Fans in general aren’t as obsessed with business side of things as they are with trophies and star players. It’s hard to say what the squad will look like in 2017 right now but one look at the current squad and their current contracts gives a helping hand. There’s a lot to be excited about, namely Alexis Sanchez. A chunk of Arsenals players will be entering their prime. Wojciech Szczesny and Kieran Gibbs will be 27, Carl Jenkinson and Jack Wilshere, 25, Mesut Özil 29, Theo Walcott, 28, Aaron Ramsey will be 26 and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain a young 23 years old. These are only a few of the core yet if they stick with the club plus other top signings the club would only go from strength to strength. Worst case scenario is a lot of money would be made off of these players should they decide to move on. As we all have seen, being English or British can really stump up the valuation of a footballer.
The next chapter?
Who comes in for Arsenal? With such high amount of supporter unrest, which is well documented on all platforms, even to the point of disgraceful abuse at a train station in Stoke and one fan running to the dug out during a 2-0 loss at Southampton New Years Day to hurl abuse at the French man. The board should have a draft or short list in mind of who’s to be the next manager of Arsenal, no doubts Wenger will have a huge say in this, as he does most topics of business. The club should also be carrying out rolling assessments of numerous coaches from around Europe, and even further afield till the time comes. A lot of people have their own suggestions. Jürgen Klopp, Roberto Martinez and Pep Guardiola are constantly linked. For me it’s Carlo Ancelotti.
The 55-year-old Italian manager, currently at Real Madrid, can boast a decorated CV from top clubs all over Europe. One that even Wenger could go green with envy about.
3x Champions League Trophies
3x UEFA Super Cups
3x League Titles
FIFA Club World Cup, FA Cup, Coppa Del Rey, Coppa Italia & more.
Carlo Ancelotti would bring progression on the field to Arsenal. A demanding yet calming personality. Concentrating on winning trophies & titles as opposed to balancing the books or worrying about FFP, which the majority of big clubs across Europe are just laughing at. He’s a winner, a leader & a great manager.
His current contract ends in June 2016. Arsenal would be naive to not enquire with Real Madrid the managers availability for this summer. It may be possible to tempt him with a move back to England’s capital because in 2011, while on sabbatical, the Italian declared he would want to manage Arsenal if Wenger was sacked. Especially if Wengers £8million a year salary is matched, with Ancelotti surprisingly earning less at Madrid. The Italian was recently quoted saying, “The day I leave Madrid there are two solutions. Either I quit football or I come back to England.”
As we all know, Real Madrid is a very fashionable club in terms of employment and may go for the flavour of the month come July 2015. So why not leave before being pushed?
If you follow the bookmakers, they favour Ancelotti’s right hand man, Paul Clement. Although a big risk, the pro ‘Wenger Out’ supporters are pleading for anyone except the tired, monotonous success Wenger has been perceived to deliver since 2005.
Some say, “be careful what you wish for” and “look at Manchester United with Moyes”. Yet Man United fans look very happy with Louis Van Gaal currently, maybe change is good?
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