Next Arsenal Manager: Who will replace Wenger?
After 22 years, Arsene Wenger is leaving the stage. Now we’ve had all the eulogies, the speculation has gone into overdrive – just who will be stepping into the Emirates hotseat this summer?
Marathonbet are here to help you assess the runners and riders…
Next Arsenal Manager odds
Luis Enrique – 5/2 (current price with Marathonbet)
Pros: Proven winner with Champions League and La Liga titles, and still has youth on his side.
Cons: The Messi conundrum – was it more an outstanding Barcelona team or Enrique’s managerial prowess that saw him walk away with several trophies at Barca? A relatively unforgettable spell at Roma doesn’t breed confidence.
Verdict: The jury is still very much out on whether Enrique has the credentials to lift Arsenal out of their current malaise. A risk, but one that could be worth taking.
Mikel Arteta – 5/1
Pros: Former Arsenal player; learning from the best under Pep Guardiola at Man City.
Cons: Extremely inexperienced, looked like a rabbit in the headlights when left manning the sidelines after Guardiola was sent to the stands in the Champions League quarter final against Liverpool.
Verdict: It would be an extremely brave Arsenal board to take a leap of faith with Arteta.
Joachim Low – 6/1
Pros: World Cup winner; surely itching for a new challenge after a 12-year stint with the German national team.
Cons: Limited experience at club level – would his motivational skills work on a day-to-day basis?
Verdict: Probably the most intriguing selection in the market given the success of his spell with Germany, but national team managers don’t necessarily transition seamlessly to elite club level – just look at Big Phil Scolari.
Massimiliano Allegri – 7/1
Pros: A proven Serie A winner; would surely be tempted by a fresh challenge in a new league to underline his managerial credentials.
Cons: His star may be waning at Juve with the Serie A title race wide open this season; may not want to give up the lure of Champions League football.
Verdict: Allegri could be a good fit if he feels like he needs a fresh challenge away from Italy.
Carlo Ancelotti – 7/1
Pros: Experience in spades, by far the most decorated manager in the field. Previous Premier League pedigree with Chelsea.
Cons: Does Ancelotti still have the hunger after various glamour jobs? Arsenal would be his first role in some time that would be viewed as a rebuilding project.
Verdict: The perfect transitional candidate if Arsenal want to wait before making a leftfield appointment.
Patrick Viera – 10/1
Pros: An Arsenal legend who will enjoy instant affinity with the fans and will be given plenty of time to settle at the Emirates. New York City FC currently lead the way in the MLS Eastern Conference, suggesting his management skills are developing.
Cons: Up until this campaign, his win ratio at New York City doesn’t exactly jump off the page – even parent club Man City’s supposed interested in Viera succeeding Guardiola has supposedly cooled.
Verdict: Viera’s appointment would undoubtedly be popular but it’s surely far too soon for the Frenchman. He still has plenty to prove before deserving a shot at elite level.
Brendan Rodgers – 10/1
Pros: Plays exciting attacking football in the Wenger mould; has undoubtedly taken Celtic up another level since his appointment; proven elite club experience at Liverpool.
Cons: Being sacked by Liverpool will always be a blot on his copy book and may make things difficult at the Emirates if his Arsenal career got off to a sluggish start.
Verdict: Rodgers could be a natural fit if the Arsenal board are looking for someone to continue in the Wenger tradition, but memories of his last season at Liverpool may still be too fresh in the memory.
Diego Simeone – 11/1
Pros: European experience at the highest level; could bring the tough-as-nails underdog mentality he has developed at Atetico to the Emirates. The Argentinian may just be the tonic Arsenal need to return to the top floor.
Cons: Simeone may view the job as a step down at this stage and few would blame him if he plays a waiting game for a bigger job down the line.
Verdict: The feisty Atleti coach would be the perfect candidate to remedy Wenger’s weak spots but seems settled on Spanish soil.
Thierry Henry – 11/1
Pros: As with Viera, his legendary status would instantly bring excitement to the demoralised Emirates punters.
Cons: As with Viera, the charismatic Frenchman hasn’t yet done the hard yards to really merit such a fast track promotion.
Verdict: A fantasy appointment, but pragmatism from the Arsenal board will surely mean Henry’s punditry career isn’t set for a premature ending any time soon.
Thomas Tuchel – 12/1
Pros: Youthful, ambitious and hungry. The opposite of Wenger if the board are looking for a clean slate?
Cons: Increasingly looking likely to take the more attractive PSG job; reportedly not close to Arsenal’s new head of recruitment Sven Mislintat.
Verdict: Would undoubtedly be an attractive option for Arsenal fans looking for a complete shake-up of the club but the vacancy may have appeared at just the wrong time.
Rafa Benitez – 16/1
Pros: Premier League nous in abundance; his spell at Newcastle proves he knows how to get the best out of a squad’s limitations.
Cons: Spells with Liverpool and Chelsea will put some noses out of joint. Is Rafa exciting enough to re-energise the Gunners fanbase? The Spaniard also seems genuinely content on Tyneside even if he remains frustrated with Mike Ashley.
Verdict: Many outside observers would see plenty of merit in appointing Benitez given his track record, but Gazidis and the Arsenal board will be aware of his reputation as a ‘Marmite’ figure in the world of football.
Eddie Howe – 16/1
Pros: The Bournemouth manager plays exciting football and has performed miracles in helping the Cherries regularly punch above their weight.
Cons: Defensive fragility has been a hallmark of Wenger’s frustrating final few years at Arsenal and Bournemouth are renowned for their leaky defence. A step too far at this stage?
Verdict: Many neutrals would be in favour of a young British manager being given a chance, but it seems doubtful the Arsenal board would head in that direction.
Maurizio Sarri – 33/1
Pros: A leftfield choice slowly making a name for himself on the continent, Sarri could be about to upset all the odds and snatch the Serie A title from Juve.
Cons: No record of sustained success or inclination he wants to leave his comfort zone of Italian football.
Verdict: A move to North London looks unlikely, but Sarri could be a great wildcard option.
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(* please note – the market is regularly reviewed at different intervals so may not appear at certain times of day; prices correct as of 12:00 BST, 24 April)
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