Arsenal have been the major subject of the rumour mills since Arsene Wenger’s recent decision to step down was made public. The Frenchman will end his 22-year association with the club on Sunday away at Huddersfield Town.
Several names have been put forward as his potential replacement, ex-Arsenal players Patrick Vieira and Mikel Arteta, Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri and former Barcelona coach Luis Enrique are all on the shortlist according to the media.
Some reports had suggested Arsenal had reached an agreement with the man they want to succeed Wenger and that an announcement is imminent. Sources believe that the race is between Arteta and Allegri, with Chief Executive Ivan Gazidis and Josh Kroenke, son of majority shareholder Stan, now weighing up who to approach.
Allegri’s management CV with Juventus makes him a strong contender, but there is a growing feeling that Arteta may fit Arsenal’s structure better and that his knowledge of the club and the Premier League makes up for his relative inexperience.
Wenger claimed in his final press conference said as quoted by Express that he’d move out of his office next Thursday, meaning a big announcement could follow.
“I have some work to do in France (next week) on Monday, Tuesday. On Thursday, I will come back and clear my office…”
It might be wishful thinking, but the Italian Serie A season ends next week, meaning Wenger could be leaving his office just in time for Allegri to take over. Another highlight from the Frenchman’s briefing was where he revealed that:
“I would like him to bring his own ideas, it’s a chance for the players to see something different…”