It’s now a massive understatement to say time is running out for Arsene Wenger at Arsenal. Speaking after another embarrassing Premier League defeat at West Brom at the weekend, the frustrated Frenchman cut a rather forlorn figure. He says he has made up his mind and a decision is on his future is only a matter of time. Arsenal fans await his decision with baited breath. It does seem highly unlikely that Wenger will opt to stay on after this season comes to a stuttering halt in May. How much more abuse can the Frenchman take from a huge majority of the Arsenal fan base?
With this in mind, attention is starting to crank up on who fits the bill to succeed Wenger.
Massimiliano Allegri is the standout candidate and bookies favourite for the huge job of following in Wenger’s footsteps. The Italian is a proven winner with Juventus, carrying off the domestic double in both full seasons with the Old Lady of Turin. He also won the Serie A title with AC Milan in 2010/11. Allegri knows his way around the Champions League too, taking Juventus to the Champions League final in his debut season.
With former Juve manager Antonio Conte, cruising to the Premier League title with Chelsea at his first crack, the links with Allegri do make sense. Moreover, if you believe Calcio Mercato, the 49-year-old could be heading to the Emirates. If Juve do go all the way in the Champions League this time around, this could be a go-er at 4-1 with Bet Victor.
Thomas Tuchel of Borussia Dortmund was available at 14-1, but has plummeted to a best priced 5-1 with netbet after Bild newspaper in Germany, suggested that he had been approached to take over at the Emirates. Arsenal soon refuted these claims…the Gunners have to with Wenger’s future still very much up in the air.
One thing is for certain, Dortmund play some fantastic football and Tuchel is a highly-regarded coach, especially in England. With Bundesliga coaches Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola already installed in the Premier League, Tuchel is the next cab off the rank. Whether it is this summer, or at a later juncture, that remains to be seen.
The progressive Eddie Howe also has his admirers at Bournemouth. But at 12-1 with betfair, with limited top-flight experience and absolutely zero CL expertise, it’s difficult to see how exactly Howe can manage to fill Wenger’s boots.