Arsenal supporters in the Transfer Tavern are digesting the surprise news that broke on Friday regarding manager Arsene Wenger, who will step down as the club’s manager in the summer after 22 years in charge of the North London giants.
The Frenchman took over back in September 1996 and he has since gone on to lead the Gunners to three Premier League titles, seven FA Cup crowns, and indeed seven Community Shields, as well as regularly guiding the club to a top four place and thus Champions League qualification. However, the Arsenal boss has struggled to inspire a title challenge in recent years and the North London outfit have now fallen some way off the division’s top four places, although Wenger could still leave on a high were he to lead the club to the Europa League this season.
As such, there have been many surprised Arsenal fans in the Tavern in recent times, several of whom are already thinking about who could replace the Frenchman in the Emirates Stadium hotseat.
And one man who many of our resident Gunners supporters are hoping to see replace Wenger is former Barcelona boss Luis Enrique.
Ultimately, the 47-year-old is most well known for his time in charge of Barcelona between 2014 and 2017, in which the Spaniard led the club to back-to-back La Liga titles in 2015 and 2016, as well as the Champions League title in 2015.
Thus, it’s pretty evident that Enrique has huge trophy-winning pedigree that can help Arsenal in their quest to return to Europe’s elite in the coming years.
Enrique won 138 of his 181 matches in charge of Barca, and with 519 goals scored in that time, and just 147 goals against, the Spaniard helped mastermind a side clinical and lethal in attack yet strong and resilient at the back.
And the latter of those is sure to delight Arsenal fans, who have seen their team struggle defensively in the last few seasons, and ultimately ship more goals than their top six rivals.
And with the amount of attacking talent in the Gunners ranks, Enrique will have plenty to work with going forward to try and make the North London giants play the sort of football that was synonymous with Wenger’s 22-year reign in charge.
Ultimately, it will be a difficult job for anybody to replace Wenger after so long in charge, and as such demands a manager successful at the top level, having worked with top players, and knowing exactly how to get best out of his squad – Enrique has done that.
As such, the 47-year-old Spaniard is the man Arsenal should turn to when Wenger leaves this summer.
Arsenal fans… what do you think? Let us know!
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