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Three replacements for Wenger after Gazidis speaks out

| 14.10.2014

Arsenal, 20/1 to win the Premier League this season know they will have to face the inevitable decision eventually. Rivals Manchester United have recently gone through the same transition, having failed initially. It is, of course, headache they will have to go through when replacing long-time servant Arsene Wenger.

The club’s chief executive Ivan Gazidis has even has acknowledged his manager’s sensational success while he has been in charge of the north London outfit.

“So much of the attention on a football club is around an individual and that’s very understandable at Arsenal because we have a giant who’s managing us,” Gazidis said.

“Arsene has been a fantastic driver and has put the club in a great, great position. The biggest challenge we’re going to face as a club is that, when that transition from Arsene to the next manager of our football club happens – and I don’t know when that’s going to be – that we come through that strongly.”

The club won their first major trophy for nine years last season, when they lifted the FA Cup, following a barren period, during which they curbed their transfer spending to plough resources into a new stadium.

“Winning the FA Cup was a fantastic moment,” said Gazidis. “In my life, that’s one of my greatest moments. The moment you get away from that euphoria of the moment, the next question is, ‘How do we have more of that?’

“We want this football club to be at the top of the world’s game. If the manager believes in someone like Mesut Ozil, he can buy him. It’s the same with Alexis Sanchez. Underneath that tip of the iceberg, those star signings that we talk a lot about, there’s an awful lot else going on. Our youth development, for example, is going to be the foundation of this football club going forward,” Gazidis continued.

“Where we are currently is off the shoulder of the world’s top teams. I don’t think we’re at that level yet but that’s where we’re aiming to get to. We want Arsenal to be in that elite group of football clubs around the world.”

With all this in mind, Coral suggest three names who could adequately take over from Wenger, with the Frenchman widely predicted to ‘go upstairs’ into a director role, or similar.

Jurgen Klopp
The talented German manager worked wonders with Borussia Dortmund, 25/1 to win the title this term, turning them into a force to be reckoned with once more, winning two Bundesliga titles and one German Cup in the last three years, plus a Champions League final appearance which they lost to rivals Bayern Munich. Like Wenger, he also has an eye for talent scouting, cherry picking the likes of Robert Lewandowski and Marco Reus, as well as developing youngsters such as Mario Gotze.

Pep Guardiola
The man who won everything with Barcelona, and is close to doing so with current club Bayern, 7/2 to win the Champions League, may jump at the chance to take over from Wenger at such a historic club. He is a fanatic of the game and has travelled to many countries from Mexico to Japan to learn the different footballing cultures. Should he decide on a new challenge in the Premier League, he could do much worse than Arsenal, who would back him in the transfer market.

Dennis Bergkamp
It is highly unlikely that there would be any opposition to the appointment of this man as Wenger’s replacement. The Ajax assistant manager is a student of the game, and is currently doing his coaching badges, as well as enhancing the careers’ of players on one of the most efficient production lines in world football. Having played for Arsenal, he would be welcomed back with open arms, though he is sure to have options.



Matt Haynes

A long-suffering Leeds fan, Matt studied Sports Journalism at university, and has a plethora of multi-industry experience. Having worked on behalf of multiple hedge funds and top-tier investment banks in executive search, he has also had a stint with the BBC and the Press Association. Outside of work, he pursues entrepreneurial activities and likes to keep fit.
Although he has interviewed current England manager Roy Hodgson as well as Rafa Benitez and a number of other names, he is honoured to have spent time in the company of Gordon Banks. Matt enjoys cultivating long-lasting professional and personal relationships, is solution orientated, and supports Coral’s sports content provision.