Arsene Wenger has announced that he will resign as manager of Arsenal Football Club at the end of the season.
The Frenchman joined Arsenal in 1996 and in his time in charge, he won three Premier League titles and seven FA Cups. He also has the chance to add the Europa League to his list of honours before he leaves in the summer.
For the first time in over two decades, Arsenal will be looking for a new manager this summer, but who is in line to take over at the Emirates?
We’ve taken a look at some possible candidates.
Arsenal’s record goalscorer spoke a few weeks ago, confirming his interest in potentially becoming Arsenal manager in the future. Coaching under Roberto Martinez with the Belgium international squad, Henry has no managerial experience but there aren’t many men who know the ins and outs of the club better than their record goalscorer.
Tuchel made a huge impression at Borussia Dortmund during his two seasons at the club, winning the German Cup in his final season. After leaving Dortmund last summer to take some time out of the game, Tuchel wants a return to management next season and Arsenal could be an option. However, he’s known for not being on good terms with with former Dortmund man Sven Mislintat, who’s now heading up the Gunners’ recruitment.
Tuchel has been heavily linked with the PSG job but now Wenger is resigning, a move to a top Premier League club could interest him.
Ancelotti is a vastly experienced coach, winning league titles with Milan, Chelsea, PSG and Bayern Munich as well as winning one of his three Champions League titles with Real Madrid – he has the pedigree to be the next Arsenal manager. Currently out of work and eager to return to the Premier League, he could be targeted.
Vieira is an Arsenal legend, spending nine years at the club, winning three Premier League titles during that spell. Not a vastly experienced coach, Vieira has been taken under the City Football Group’s wing after finishing his career at Manchester City, spending two years in charge of their EDS side before taking the reigns at New York City FC, where he’s enjoyed an impressive couple of years.
Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe is being touted as the next great English manager. His team plays attractive football and he’s clearly an impressive man but his lack of experience when it comes to winning big trophies could count against him.
Diego Simeone has reinvented Atletico Madrid as a perennial challenger in La Liga and has even achieved a great deal of European success, guiding Atletico to the Europa League crown in his first season at the club while also reaching two Champions League finals in the last seven years. There’s always talk of a rift between Simeone and the powers that be at Atletico and the opportunity to take control of Arsenal may be too good to turn down.
Allegri was touted to replace Wenger after last season but he decided to stay put at Juventus after winning a third successive Serie A title. The Italian has also reached the Champions League final twice with Juventus, illustrating his top managerial pedigree which makes him a fine candidate. He recently confirmed he is looking at other roles so Arsenal could be the perfect landing spot for him
The former Barcelona manager is unattached after taking a year out of the game following a successful three years at the Nou Camp where he won nine major honours including two La Liga titles and the Champions League. Linked with the Chelsea job also, Enrique looks set to return to management next season and Arsenal should look to recruit him.
Antonio Conte has been a successful manager wherever he’s been, winning the Serie A three times with Juventus before securing the Premier League title in his first season as Chelsea manager last season. Enduring a rough spell with the Blues this time around, Conte is looking increasingly likely to leave the club in the summer and Arsenal should look at the serial winner.
Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers is reportedly on Arsenal’s shortlist of candidates. He took Liverpool as close as they’ve ever been to a Premier League title and his Celtic side have dominated Scottish football since the day he arrived. He has quashed the rumours, but you’d expect that with football still to play this season.
Mikel Arteta is being nurtured by Pep Guardiola to become the next great manager. If Arsenal can’t beat Pep, they might as well look for the next best thing, right?