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5 realistic replacements for Arsene Wenger

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AS Monaco FC v Bayer 04 Leverkusen - UEFA Champions League
Roger Schmidt won 62/125 games at Bayer Leverkusen

The man that best embodies Arsenal football club is undoubtedly experiencing his worst time ever in his 21-year tenure at the club. Humiliating back to back defeats at the hands of Stoke City and Liverpool have left the Gunners 16th in the league, already 6 points off Manchester United. On top of that, the club is plagued with players who don’t see their futures at Arsenal anymore. The club is in turmoil and all the fans are pointing their fingers at one man, Arsène Wenger.

After signing a new 2-year deal in July, the talk of Arsène Wenger going has quietened but it's best for the club to engage in succession planning for once. It’s all well and good calling for the likes of Pep Guardiola, Massimiliano Allegri and Jose Mourinho to replace Arsène Wenger, but we all know they won’t.

It’s time for Arsenal fans to realistically analyse the possible options out there to replace Arsène Wenger next season.

Here are 5 realistic replacements for Arsène Wenger. 

#5 Roger Schmidt

At Bayer Leverkusen, Roger Schmidt became renowned for his aggressive high-pressing style. Schmidt announced himself to the world when his Leverkusen side were able to beat Tottenham at Wembley last year.

They simply out-pressed and out ran the team notorious for pressing in the Premier League. Such an infectious work rate would not only transform Arsenal, it’d improve the current level of performance from the players today.

Not everyone is technically gifted but there is no excuse for not putting the effort in, and in a Roger Schmidt team, there would be no place for such.

Roger Schmidt was rewarded for his tireless work at Leverkusen by landing a move to former Chinese Super League champions Beijing Guoan.

The club owner stated that he believes the German has an advanced knowledge of the game, commendable work ethic and fantastic approach towards youth players.

Coincidently Roger Schmidt’s contract at Beijing Guoan expires the same time Arsène Wenger’s new deal comes to an end, could it be a match made in heaven? 

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