The Arsenal supporters in the Transfer Tavern have been reacting with a mixture of shock, delight and despair to the news that Arsene Wenger will leave the club at the end of the season since it broke on Friday morning.
The day that has been discussed amongst the Gunners faithful for what feels like an eternity has finally arrived. Arsenal have confirmed that Wenger is set to complete a 22nd and final season with the club this year following one of the most successful eras in the history of the Premier League.
The post-Wenger era will certainly take some time to adapt to for the supporters who have grown so accustomed to his presence, but they are also excited to see their side begin a new chapter in their history. Discussion regarding Wenger’s replacement is bound to be rife until the club officially confirm the identity of his successor, and the likes of Patrick Vieira, Carlo Ancelotti and Brendan Rodgers are all being touted as early favourites for the job.
The latter’s experience with Liverpool and Celtic make him an ideal candidate for the role, but the manner in which Liverpool crumbled under his leadership during the 2013/14 season suggests that the club should avoid a move for his services. Although it’s certainly a riskier appointment, Arsenal should instead move for Bournemouth’s Eddie Howe this summer, as the progress he has made with a club of the Cherries stature suggests he possesses a special talent for management.
Howe has taken Bournemouth from League One into the Premier League and done an excellent job of turning them into a solid top-flight side with relatively limited resources, but He has not yet been given a chance to prove himself with a side competing for honours at the top end of the table.
Howe needs a top club to give him that chance at some point and, considering what has achieved in his career so far, it’s fair to say he’s earned his opportunity.
The 40-year-old is a manager with great potential, a proven track-record and a philosophy which matches Arsenal’s identity, so the club would be foolish not to strongly consider bringing him to the Emirates Stadium this summer.
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