A few outside hopefuls to be the new Gunner boss.
19 consecutive years in the Champions League, 3 Premier League trophies, 7 FA Cups, 7 Community Shields are a list of honours won by the outgoing Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, during a 22-year spell at the club.
A new style, vision, and approach were brought to the English top flight in 1996 by a Frenchman nicknamed the Professor. Wenger immediately crafted an Arsenal side challenging for honours and winning them from time to time.
After 22 years of service, the Frenchman decided to call time on his career with the club. To replace the great man will be no easy feat and here we take a look at three outside candidates to take over from the French manager.
#3 Eddie Howe
Bournemouth’s current manager Eddie Howe began his coaching career as a youth coach in 2007 after he retired from football at the age of 28, after picking up a nasty knee injury. He then took on the mantle as a youth coach for a year, after which Howe was promoted to manager in 2008, after the dismissal of Jimmy Quinn.
The Englishman secured promotion to the Championship in his first season back at the club and then in two years guided Bournemouth to the top-flight of English football, by winning the Championship. Earning the club its first ever promotion to the Premier League, Howe and Bournemouth continue to fight to keep their place in England’s elite footballing league. A fantastic young manager with a bright future, Arsenal could tempt Howe to make the switch.
Offers like these could come only once in a lifetime and if Howe does receive a call from Arsenal it could be enough to push the manager into accepting the challenge at managing one of the biggest clubs in England.
#2 Marcelo Bielsa
Former Argentina, Chile, and Athletic Bilbao manager Marcelo Bielsa is known the world over for his coaching prowess and is widely regarded as one of the best managers in the game. A veteran manager with over 20 years of experience, the Argentinian has managed in Spain, Italy and most recently in France with Lille.
Arsenal is an English club steeped in history and tradition with core values that fit the profile of Marcelo Bielsa perfectly. Having never managed in England before, Bielsa could bring stability and excitement to the club with attacking, fluent football.
The highly experienced manager Bielsa guided Athletic Bilbao to the Europa League final a couple of years back playing a brand of football that caught the eye. Arsenal would be getting one of the most experienced coaches in world football, with great ability to mould and shape teams to achieve big things and have a bit of fun in the process
#1 Laurent Blanc
Former PSG, Bordeaux and France manager Laurent Blanc is another candidate for the vacant Arsenal job at the end of the season. The World Cup-winning Frenchman is a highly experienced manager and astute tactician who has taken charge of some the biggest games at the highest level.
The Frenchman began his coaching career with Bordeaux in 2007 and won the French league title and two French cups in his three years at the club, before taking over the reigns of the national team for 2 years.
PSG appointed the Frenchman and though he guided the club to domestic glory, continental success still eluded PSG. Before he could stay on and complete his project Blanc was removed. With great knowledge and expertise on the game, Blanc could fit well at Arsenal and bring back the glory days.
The Frenchman is a serial winner capable of competing against the biggest clubs in the world and will continue to play the Arsenal way.