The Arsenal fans here in the Transfer Tavern have fallen out of love with Arsene Wenger. Indeed, Le Prof has failed to deliver a Premier League title in well over a decade and many of our resident Gunners believe it’s been far too long.
Though he signed a new two-year deal last summer, the punters propping up our bar hope the Frenchman departs at the end of the campaign, with qualification for the Champions League once again looking out of reach. With that in mind, a few of the more hopeful regulars are starting to try and identify potential replacements.
While former Barcelona boss Luis Enrique has been touted, Ivan Gazidis and the Arsenal board should avoid a move for the Spaniard. There remain question marks as to how good a coach he actually is, considering he had one of the best ever attacking lines at his disposal in Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez and the 47-year-old would represent a risk.
With that in mind, movers and shakers in north London could do a lot worse than moving for Napoli boss, Maurizio Sarri. The Italian has been linked with bitter rivals Chelsea, though would be a hugely exciting appointment at the Emirates.
Indeed, Sarri has turned Napoli into one of the best teams in Europe, one playing a wonderfully vibrant brand of football, somewhat comparable to Manchester City. The likes of Dries Mertens, Lorenzo Isigne and Jose Callejon have all flourished under his watch and the idea of Sarri working with the attacking talent on offer at Arsenal is seriously exciting.
Under Wenger, Arsenal have become boring. A move for Sarri – who seems to prefer hard coaching to messing about in the transfer market – would certainly change that and perhaps maximise the ridiculous amount of talent the club have, rather than waste it.