5 possible replacements for Arsene Wenger at Arsenal, and their accompanying issues
Wenger's contract lasts until the end of next season but Arsenal are reportedly looking for the replacement. Who fits the bill?
For over 20 years, when all other Premier League clubs saw managers going in and out every season, Arsenal did not yet chang their manager. During his tenure, Arsenal have reached UEFA Champions League for the last 21 years. At the end of last season, Wenger's team saw that historical feat come to an end after they failed to make it into the top four of the Premier League. For the second year running, Arsenal looks unlikely to make it through, with their only hope left by winning the Europa League.
In Wenger's glamorous days, he led Arsenal to win the Premier League trophy, producing the Invincibles run in the 2003/04 season. Fast forward 10 years, the club's standards have visibly dropped. Many disgruntled fans are calling for Wenger to be sacked as they see no future for the club under the Frenchman, who should have left a while ago.
However, if Wenger were to leave in the near future, who will be the man to replace him at the Emirates? Will that man be able to live up to the expectations set for him?
On that note, here is a look at 5 contenders being named by the media, and the issues that are bound to accompany them:
#5 Massimiliano Allegri
The Italian coach has been coaching Juventus since 2014. Allegri has led the Serie A leaders to the Champions League final and a great deal of other silverware. This is exactly what Arsenal fans desire.
Emirates' die-hards have been longing to see the team get their hands on the Premier League trophy. His prolific accomplishments at Juventus has certainly caught the eye of Arsenal fans who desperately want him to replace Wenger.
Most recently, Allegri pulled a tactical masterclass against Tottenham Hotspur, forcing the latter out of the UEFA Champions League competition. As a result, he has won the hearts of many fans at the Emirates who believe that he is the right man to replace Arsene Wenger.
Although he will be a new face in the Premier League if he were to join Arsenal, his performance at Juventus has adequately prepared him for the possible challenges which he might have to face in the Premier League.
Allegri had been linked to the job of Arsenal's manager before Wenger confirmed that he signed a new two-year deal last summer. As such, there is a high possibility that the owners of Arsenal FC are not giving up that easily on getting him to replace Wenger.
Something similar he shares with Wenger is that both enjoy using a back four. If Allegri can build a squad around the current players and get a few reinforcements, he will certainly do a great job for the Gunners.
Allegri has been known to be a daring and determined person. Too often, Arsenal finds their manager not taking the risk to make a tactical shift or changes to the team. The Italian plays a 4-2-3-1 system at Juventus which suits Arsenal perfectly.
The strength of this formation comes from the midfield. With the attacking force at Arsenal strengthened, if Allegri were to arrive, he would look to provide more support in the Arsenal midfield.