Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has admitted that Pep Guardiola could be the right man to take over the managerial reigns of the club.
The Spaniard is expected to leave Bayern Munich at the end of the current season after explaining that he would likely to coach in the Premier League, putting a number of top sides on alert.
Manchester City have emerged as favourites to sign Guardiola next summer, while United and Chelsea have also reportedly expressed an interest in acquiring his services.
With Wenger’s contract not running out until 2017, it’s unlikely the board would ask the Frenchman to step down in a bid to chase Guardiola, whose preferred choice is reportedly the Gunners.
Speaking on Guardiola, Wenger admitted his ‘three-year model’ could suit Arsenal, while claiming he wants to be heavily involved in the selection process of the next boss.
Anything is suitable. Every manager has his own way to run and model his career. There’s not only one way as long as they give their best to the club where they are. What I think is most important is that anybody who works for a football club gives full commitment. How long does it last? Nobody knows. I didn’t plan to stay here for 20 years.
I’m very pleased that you care about our club and my succession but it’s not my job to talk about that [Guardiola being the right man] and not your job to make this decision. I can only make sure of one thing, that the guy who comes after me finds the club in a very strong position with very good players in a very good, strong financial situation. I hope I can convince you that I can do that.
Arsenal face Sunderland on Saturday afternoon as they bid to defend their FA Cup for the third season in a row.