Arsene Wenger has been a fixture at Arsenal for over two decades now. Not many managers can boast of such a long, consistent and successful career at one club.
The North London club have been disappointing, over the last ten years, despite the club sealing the Champions League spot on each occasion, without fail. The Frenchman is definitely responsible for the lack of silverware at the Emirates but the Arsenal hierarchy should also take the blame for sanctioning the sale of their best players to their rivals. The Gunners could’ve won more league titles if they could’ve retained their best players and not relied on young talent.
Arsenal board must surely be on a look-out for a long-term replacement for their 67-year-old manager. The Londoners would be vary of the disastrous transition that happened at Manchester United following Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement in 2013. The board might pursue a young manager with the credentials to fill Wenger’s shoes and also compete against an array of great managers in Guardiola, Mourinho, Conte, Klopp and Pochettino.
At present, Barcelona are the only other big club looking for a top-rated coach and as the Blaugrana giants are used to a certain brand of football, the set of potential candidates to become the next Barcelona manager is quite different than that of Arsenal. Hence there will be lesser competition for the Premier League outfit. Here are a few names who might fit the profile:
Thomas Tuchel, 43
The Borussia Dortmund manager is one of the brightest young minds in football management and he has been at the Signal Iduna Park since the summer of 2015. Before landing the coveted post at the Black and Yellows, he guided Mainz for five seasons with relative success. He was expected to do great things at the Ruhr outfit but so far trophies have eluded him.
However, a lack of silverware cannot be counted against him as he has a pretty young side at his disposal and they are likely to become title contenders with a little more maturity. Nevertheless, his tactical ideas and attacking approach to the game would enthuse Arsenal supporters.
Leonardo Jardim, 42
Jardim has guided his youthful Monaco side to an unforeseen domestic title despite competing against the seemingly endless riches of Paris Saint-Germain. It has been a remarkable season for Jardim and his team as they have made the world sit up and take notice of their relentless attacking football.
Monaco also made it to the semi-final of the Champions League, dispatching the likes of Villarreal, Borussia Dortmund and Manchester City along the way. Jardim has proven himself to be a tactically sound manager who Arsenal will do well to hire before some other big club swoops.
Massimiliano Allegri, 49
The Juventus manager took charge of the Old Lady in rather tumultuous times as Antonio Conte left suddenly. However, Allegri steadied the ship admiringly and was on course for a treble in his first season in charge before being undone by Luis Enrique’s Barcelona in the Champions League final.
Although the former AC Milan boss was handed a strong side, he has almost completely re-built the midfield with the departures of Alessandro Pirlo and Paul Pogba while bringing in the likes of Sami Khedira and Miralem Pjanic. Allegri’s three seasons at Juventus have elevated his standing among elite managers.
Diego Simeone, 47
There are few managers on the touchline as feisty as Simeone. He has completed rebooted Atletico Madrid from a struggling outfit into title challengers and European regulars during his six years at the club.
Simeone’s playing style may be antithetical to what the Arsenal supporters have become used to under Wenger but they need a manager of the Argentine’s gravitas, passion and ideas to get the players – most of whom seem unbothered by the state of the affairs at the club – going.
Unai Emery, 45
The Paris Saint-Germain boss wouldn’t have anticipated the season he is having in his first season in the French league. With the resources at their disposal PSG looked set to clinch their fifth successive league title but they are on course to lose it to Monaco. The Parisians also endured a humiliating exit from the Champions League after losing 6-1 to Barcelona in the second leg of their round of 16 clash, having won the first leg 4-0 at home.
But it would be disingenuous to judge Emery on the basis of his performance at PSG when he has had successful stints at Valencia and Sevilla, winning three successive Europa Leagues at the latter.