The Arsenal fans have been feeling relatively optimistic in the Transfer Tavern since their side put an end to a desperately poor run of form for the club, but that has not prevented them from discussing Wenger’s future.
Arsene Wenger’s future at Arsenal has been a dominant topic of conversation amongst the resident Gunners faithful lining up our bar for a number of years now, and Arsenal’s form so far this season has done nothing to prevent that topic from continuously emerging.
After qualifying for the Champions League in every season throughout the first 2o years of Wenger’s reign, it seems that the club are set to finish outside the top-four for the second successive season, although the supporters are still hoping of qualifying for the competition by winning the Europa League.
Speculation regarding Wenger’s future was prominent even when the club were regularly finishing inside the top-four, so it’s no surprise that the ‘Wenger out’ contingent of the Arsenal support has grown significantly during the past two seasons.
Plenty of experts and pundits have delivered their personal verdict on what’s happening at The Emirates Stadium right now, and the former England manager Steve McClaren has been the latest man to offer his thoughts the situation in North-London.
According to The Daily Star, McClaren expressed his admiration for Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe this week whilst discussing the lack of English representation in managerial positions within the Premier League. McClaren went on to admit that he “could be an Arsenal manager”, and although he is unproven with a top-quality club, replacing Wenger with Howe this summer could be a stroke of genius from the Arsenal hierarchy.
Howe has worked wonders with his side since he took charge of the club in 2012 when they were in the third-tier of English football. Throughout his time at the club, Howe has sworn by a possession-based high-pressing philosophy, even when his side are pitted against a side who are vastly superior on paper.
So far, the commitment Howe has shown to playing football in an aesthetically pleasing manner and not solely focusing on results has paid off for him, and the fact that Bournemouth look set to embark on a 4th straight campaign in the top-flight next season serves to illuminate his success in this regard.
Considering Howe’s philosophy is closely aligned with what Arsenal have been globally renowned for throughout Wenger’s era at the club, it would make perfect sense for the up and coming English manager to replace the French veteran this summer.
Howe has earned an opportunity to prove himself at the highest level, so Arsenal should take note of McClaren’s comments and offer him that opportunity once the season reaches its conclusion.