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Arsenal should avoid appointing shrewd tactician despite admission by former pro

The Arsenal fans in the Transfer Tavern all have their own ideas about who should succeed Arsene Wenger at the Emirates Stadium next season, and a left-field suggestion from Chris Sutton has caught their attention this week.

During an interview with BBC Radio 5 live, Sutton argued the case that Sean Dyche has proven his credentials to manage a club of Arsenal’s stature during his career at Burnley. Sutton cites Dyche’s ability to turn Burnley into a well-established Premier League club despite having limited resources to work with as his main justification for his candidacy, but he fails to appreciate that managing Arsenal and Burnley are two completely different jobs altogether.

There is no doubt that Dyche deserves an opportunity with a top-six club in English football, but it’s not the right time for him to step into the Emirates Stadium. Replacing Arsene Wenger will certainly represent a difficult challenge for whoever eventually replaces the Frenchman, especially for a manager who has no prior experience dealing with the pressure of managing a top club where failure to meet expectation is met with strong criticism from both inside and outside the club.

At Burnley, Dyche has managed a team of players who are on relatively low wages, who are self-aware of their own capabilities and have no expectation of doing much more than avoiding relegation, whereas the reality at Arsenal is very different. Dyche commands respect from his players at Burnley because he has found a successful formula which focuses on the importance of the team’s shape and solidity above all else, but it will be impossible to replicate that philosophy within a squad full of egotistical players who have been handed an easy ride by Wenger in recent years.

Dyche would be far better suited to taking over at Chelsea – a club who are typically well-organised and thorough in their tactical approach. With all due respect to Dyche, his philosophy is not well-aligned with Arsenal’s aesthetically appealing brand of football which they have become notorious for in the Premier League era, so the Gunners hierarchy would be foolish to take a gamble on the affectionately dubbed ‘ginger Mourinho’ this summer.

Arsenal fans – thoughts? Let us know below!

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