Time to Stake on the Next Arsenal Manager after Their Surrender to Bayern Munich?
Source: Arsene Wenger via Facebook
Calls for Arsene Wenger’s head at Arsenal have grown a lot louder in the last few weeks as Arsenal’s chances of lifting the Premier League trophy this season have diminished into non-existence. And after the calamitous 5-1 capitulation to Bayern Munich in the Champions League at the Allianz Arena, the Frenchman’s time looks well and truly up. This summer should see wholesale changes in North London, and it is extremely likely that the Emirates club will seek out a fresh and ambitious new manager. So which hungry tacticians have the credentials to take the Gunners forward?
Source: Massimiliano Allegri via Facebook
After Antonio Conte’s instant success at Chelsea it wouldn’t be surprising to see Arsenal try and swoop for his successor at Juventus. Conte led the Juve renaissance but it was Allegri that took the side to even greater heights. In his first season with the Old Lady the former AC Milan manager won the double and reached the Champions League final. His side are currently head and shoulders above the competition in Serie A, and are odds on at 1/13 with 888sport
to win the title for the sixth season in a row. Allegri is currently the favourite to take over from Wenger with the best odds at 3/1, but would the Italian want to leave such a dominant force in world football to manage an out-of-sorts Gunners?
Source: Patrick Viera via Facebook
Sometimes calling in one of the club’s all-time greats is key to success regardless of whether they have the managerial experience. Think Pep Guardiola at Barcelona or Zinedine Zidane at Real Madrid. Other times it doesn’t go as well as the club hopes, take Billy Bremner’s brief reign at Leeds United for example. There is no doubt that Viera is one of Arsenal’s greatest players
of all time, but he is thus far an unproven manager. His record at New York City isn’t too impressive, with a win ratio of 40.54% over the course of his first season in charge. The formidable Frenchman can be backed at 16/1 to take the reins at Arsenal in the summer, but he would be a serious gamble that may not be worth the risk.
Source: Eddie Howe via Facebook
Eddie Howe represents possibly the most exciting choice for Arsenal fans. The man who took Bournemouth all the way to the Premier League and then managed to keep them there last season is generally considered to be one of the brightest young managers in the game. He plays an attacking brand of football, knows how to get the best out of his players, but above all is incredibly ambitious
. At 39 years old, he could be a long-term option to build a strong and successful future for Arsenal in a new mould. The Cherries boss would find it difficult to say goodbye to the south coast side but would surely pounce on the opportunity to take charge of one of the greatest clubs in England. He can be backed at 5/1.
The chances that Wenger will leave Arsenal before the season ends are slim, but expect the club to already be making preparations for his succession. Betting on any of these contenders now is certainly worth a punt.