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Arsenal identify Barcelona legend as potential Wenger replacement as frustration mounts

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The tide appears to have almost fully turned on Arsene Wenger (within the raucous halls of the Transfer Tavern anyway) as Arsenal fans become increasingly discontent at his failure to see through a title challenge.

Though the Frenchman is rightly considered a legend at the club, the manner in which this season has tanked has led to growing calls for his head after almost two decades in charge of the Gunners.

Clearly, the departure of a figurehead at your club is by no means a small matter. Just ask Manchester United. Still, the reluctance to spend in the transfer market as well as inability to win big games has seen Wenger lose a lot of support recently.

Protests are expected prior to Saturday’s home game against Norwich after seeing their side slip from title contention to holding onto a place in the top four.

As fans wax lyrical as to who on earth could replace the French tactician, a rather surprising name has emerged.

According to the Sun, Southampton boss Ronald Koeman has impressed movers, shakers and decision makers at the Emirates following his exploits down on the South Coast.

A free-flowing footballing philosophy has been a staple of his Saints side over the past two years and the Dutchman has had to deal with a number of high profile departures.

Though Diego Simeone and Laurent Blanc of Atletico Madrid and PSG respectively have been touted as potential candidates, those two may well be harder to attract to North London.

Koeman, meanwhile, has just a year to run on his deal at St. Mary’s Stadium and has proved to be an excellent Premier League manager.

Would Koeman represent the ideal candidate to replace Wenger, should he depart? 

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