The Arsenal fans in the Transfer Tavern have been reacting to the news that Arsene Wenger will leave the club this week, with discussions regarding his potential successor dominating the pub-talk so far.
Considering Arsenal’s announcement that Wenger is to leave the club at the end of the season arrived as a bolt out of the blue, it’s difficult to know when to expect an announcement regarding his replacement. However, that has no prevented the supporters from discussing the credentials of a whole host of candidates at length since the news regarding Wenger’s future broke last week.
Plenty of names have been thrown into the mix, but according to Sky Sports Arsenal’s chief executive Ivan Gazidis is keen on installing the former Gunner Mikel Arteta into the hot seat at the end of the season. Murmurs emerging this season suggest that Arteta has a natural talent for coaching and has the potential to become a great manager in the future, but the fact he is yet to foray into management should be a notable concern for the club.
Arteta is currently working as an assistant coach at Manchester City and working alongside Pep Guardiola on a daily basis. The Spaniard could hardly ask for a better footballing education than the one he is currently receiving, so there’s no doubt that he will be able to take the reins at the Emirates Stadium at some point in the future.
However, replacing Wenger will be a fundamentally challenging task for a vastly experienced manager to undertake, never mind one who has no first-hand experience of management. Two experienced managers, namely Louis Van Gaal and David Moyes struggled to fill the void left by Sir Alex Ferguson after he retired in 2013, and even Jose Mourinho has failed to win over the majority of the supporters at United just yet.
Stepping into a football club on the back of a legacy as rich as Wenger’s is one of, if not the most difficult jobs to take on in management, so Arsenal must ensure they base their decision on more than just sentiment and potential, otherwise the club could be set for a lengthy stint away from the Champions League in the seasons to come.
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