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Next Arsenal manager: Who will replace Arsene Wenger? All the information you need on next Arsenal manager odds

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger acknowledges Arsenal fans in California.

Next Arsenal manager: Arsene Wenger could be set to leave Arsenal at the end of the season but who will replace the legendary Frenchman? We provide information on all of the likely candidates, including next Arsenal manager odds, right here.


Club Status


Arsenal have been a consistent top four club in England, a regular outside bet for the Premier League title and a side with a strong chance to achieve cup success. Their extensive experience in the Champions League is yet to yield top honours in Europe, but their impressive stadium, global brand and financial firepower have a clear appeal when it comes to attracting top talent.

Despite this consistency and appeal to players, some supporters are starting to lose patience with their long-serving manager Arsene Wenger. The club have now gone 12 years without a title and have struggled to reach the final eight stage of the Champions League in that time and supporters are now hankering for a chance in the club.

Last season proved to be perhaps the most difficult for these supporters to stomach. Despite winning the FA Cup, the Gunners failed to earn a top four finish and as such will return to Europa League football next season for the first time in quite a while and it came as a surprise to some that Wenger has been given the chance to turn things around once more at the Emirates Stadium.

It's fair to say historically though, that the Gunners are one of Europe's and England's biggest clubs. They've been incredibly successful throughout history, racking up no fewer than 13 top tier titles in England including three under Wenger, although they're yet to earn their first ever Champions League win and it doesn't look like coming any time soon.

Current manager


Arsene Wenger

At 67-years-old, Wenger is deserving of his status as one of football management's greats. 

The Frenchman was a relative unknown when Arsenal acquired his services from Japanese side Nagoya Grampus Eight, yet he won Ligue 1 as both a player and manager with Strasbourg (1979) and AS Monaco (1988), respectively. It was with the Riviera club where he picked up a Coupe de France, before securing cup successes in Japan, also. 

However, it was to be in North London where Wenger would enjoy his greatest years as he lifted the Premier League three times and the FA Cup a joint record six times (an honour he shares with George Ramsey, Aston Villa's legendary boss from the Victorian era).

Wenger is revered for his developmental work and is regarded as a significant player in the rise of football legends like Thierry Henry, Patrick Vieira and Cesc Fabregas. Even at Monaco he was noted for the astute acquisitions of Glenn Hoddle and George Weah.

Arsene Wenger enjoyed his best years alongside fellow icon and club legend, Thierry Henry, Arsenal's all-time leading goalscorer in their 130 year history. (Getty)


Praise
  • The Invincible team Wenger put together in 2003-04 remains one of the greatest teams to have competed in England. Featuring superstars from front to back, the Gunners swashbuckled their way through the division and won the title with 26 wins, 12 draws and zero losses. It was the first time a side had won the English title undefeated for 115 years and is a record that will not likely be matched for another century.
  • Wenger was a key figure in Arsenal’s move from the iconic Highbury into the modern Ashburton Grove stadium in 2006, as the club’s match-day capacity increased by 22,000. Though Wenger was financially encumbered by the move (and had to rely on a youth policy rather than transfer market acumen), the new stadium has already begun to bear fruit as it regularly sells out. Indeed, now that the bulk of the stadium loan has been paid off, the club have begun to sign extraordinary talent like Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez and Granit Xhaka.
  • The style of football – possession-play, sharp and intricate passes and goals scored from within the penalty box – that Arsene attempts to instill in his players is so unique that when it is at it’s most aesthetically-pleasing, it is dubbed ‘Wengerball’.
  • Wenger is renowned for his youth policy but his ability to nurture young talent is not a strictly Arsenal phenomenon as he gave Lilian Thuram his debut at Monaco. At N5, the jewel in Wenger’s youth crown is undoubtedly Jack Wilshere, yet he will also benefit from the promotion of Dan Crowley, a technically adept 18-year-old midfielder currently on loan at Oxford United.
The sight of players like Abou Diaby or Jack Wilshere receiving treatment has become an all too familiar scene at Ashburton Grove. (Getty)


Criticism
  • Arsene Wenger takes a back-seat during training sessions. Though he leads day-to-day duties on the training ground, he delegates much responsibility onto his first team coaches. In a potentially damaging comment, Fabregas contrasted Wenger’s lack of tactical nous to the copious amounts of preparatory training undertaken at Barcelona. Wenger, it is argued, rarely does any preparation for the specific opponent at the weekend, instead adhering to a Plan A only approach but such a method has been lambasted as flawed for over a decade now.
  • While the manager’s transfer policy has yielded elite-level signings, Wenger rarely enjoys the luxury of a complete squad – something rival managers like Jose Mourinho or Sir Alex Ferguson have benefitted from. Currently, Arsenal are in desperate need of a 25 goal a season striker and a tough centre back akin to Tony Adams, but Wenger is not expected to sign both in one summer.
  • Wenger’s Arsenal sides have oft been cursed with injuries. The appointment of performance director and renowned physio Shad Forsythe has helped alleviate injury crises but the Gunners roster still succumb to an unrelenting torrent of hamstring or calf problems, something Wenger’s critics – notably Raymond Domenech – claim can be prevented.

Next Arsenal manager odds


Arsenal next manager odds

ManagerOdds
Eddie Howe2/1
Ralph Hasaenhuttl8/1
Joachim Low12/1
Diego Simeone12/1
Roger Schmidt18/1
Patrick Viera18/1
Thierry Henry22/1
Luis Enrique22/1
Antoine Kombouare25/1




Main Coaching Staff

NameRole
Steve BouldAssistant Manager
Boro PrimoracFirst Team Coach
Shad ForsytheHead of Performance
Tony ColbertFitness Coach
Colin LewinHead Physio


Owner and Manager Relationship


Gazidis and Wenger talk football prior to a Champions League game against Olympiacos. (Getty)
Wenger enjoys a strong relationship with the club’s owners and directors. 

Under intense scrutiny from the media for failing to land a Premier League title for over 12 years, the upper brass instead have given Wenger a two year contract despite the club's failure to finish in the top four in the 2016/2017 season.

When it comes to the Arsenal owners, it is not a question of relieving Wenger of his managerial duties, but instead rewarding his 20 years of service with the option of controlling his own destiny.

With another two years expected for Wenger at Arsenal with a sacking unexpected in that time providing the Gunners don't slip too far away from their rivals at the top of the table Before that time there won’t be genuine talk of Allegri, Simeone or Howe becoming the next Arsenal manager at board level.

Fan and Manager Relationship


Resentment against the Arsenal management has been building within the stands for a number of years. (Getty)

Wenger’s relationship with the fans is in stark contrast to the one he enjoys with the board. 

Here, fans are split into two camps – the AKs (Arsene Knows) and the WOs (Wenger Out).The WOs focus on the aforementioned criticisms and regard his main achievements to have been in the past, rather than in the present or, indeed, the future. 

The AKs on the other hand believe Wenger is the man to turn the club’s fortunes around and that any available replacements would be a step sideways at best and a step down at worst.

Key Influences - Who helps decide on the manager's future?


CEO Ivan Gazidis and majority shareholder Stan Kroenke would have a clear say on if/when Wenger goes and who would replace him as the next Arsenal manager.

Significant Previous Managers

NameTenure
Herbert Chapman1925-1934
George Allison1934-1947
Bertie Mee1966-1976
George Graham1986-1995
Arsene Wenger1996-present

Potential Future Arsenal Managers and next Arsenal Manager Betting Advice


Which path Arsenal will take when it does come to finding Arsene Wenger’s replacement remains to be seen. After all, the club could elect to promote assistant manager Steve Bould or appoint another Gunners alumni Dennis Bergkamp as the next Arsenal manager.

Although some supporters are looking at the likes of Carlo Ancelotti and Diego Simeone, it may be unrealistic to look at these managers as they're unlikely to leave comfortable positions with their own illustrious clubs.

Massimiliano Allegri is enjoying success with another of Europe's giants in Juventus, but we've seen in the past that managers and players can be tempted away from the Old Lady, perhaps due to the lack of competitiveness in Serie A at the moment. He seems to be the fan's favourite to take the job.

If Arsenal are looking to bring a more homegrown approach in future years, perhaps Eddie Howe deserves a shot at the big time. The 39 year old has done an incredible job in taking Bournemouth from the brink of relegation out of the Football League to the Premier League and his development of players has been well documented.

Elsewhere in the running is ex-Borussia Dortmund boss Thomas Tuchel who may be tempted to the Premier League following a relatively successful couple of years in charge of BVB whilst another former AFC stalwart Patrick Vieira, who is currently coaching New York City FC in Major League Soccer.


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