Arsenal fans in the Transfer Tavern are excited to see who the club will announce as Arsene Wenger’s successor with plenty of names linked with the role.
The favourite to take the reins is former Arsenal captain and current Manchester City coach – Mikel Arteta. The former Everton midfielder has never taken a senior job before but has been learning under Pep Guardiola with the Citizens. A move for Arteta would be extremely risky at a time the club cannot afford to make a mistake.
Club legends Thierry Henry and Patrick Vieira have also been linked with the job but again have limited experience in club management. The Gunners should forget about hiring a former player and instead seek to appoint someone with Premier League experience. The ideal candidate is current Newcastle boss – Rafael Benitez.
The Spaniard has worked wonders at Newcastle, almost saving them from relegation after taking over before winning the Championship. With limited resources, the former Real Madrid boss has guided the Magpies to 10th in the Premier League. If he is not backed by Mike Ashley, he could leave the club.
Benitez is one of the most experienced managers in world football and would add some much-needed stability at the club. He masterminded one of the greatest comebacks in history to lift the Champions League with Liverpool in 2005 and also helped Chelsea lift the Europa League in 2013.
With the resources on offer at the Emirates, the two-time La Liga winner would be the perfect appointment to help Arsenal challenge for the Premier League.
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