Arsenal are fresh off the back of a somewhat underwhelming 2-0 away win at non-league Sutton United in the FA Cup, but they still have work to do after damaging defeats to Chelsea and the 5-1 humiliation away at Bayern Munich. The media is circling around Wenger and never before has speculation been more intense on whether or not the Frenchman will leave the Gunners this summer.
Until very recently it was Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe who was tipped to be the man to replace Wenger, but a run of poor form and the Cherries now embroiled in a relegation battle has seen Howe’s odds lengthen to 10/1 (11.0) to fall into fourth place in the betting according to Sky Bet.
The new favourite for the post of Juventus chief Massimiliano Allegri who has led the Old Lady to Serie A domination (two titles) and a Champions League final defeat to Barcelona back in 2015, since being appointed in 2014. Now the suave 49-year old is seen by the bookmakers as the top favourite at the Emirates with pretty short odds of 4/1 (5.00). Allegri has achieved everything domestically in Italy so a new challenge to take Arsenal to a league title or European glory could be too appealing to turn down.
No doubt his style of football would match that of Arsenal, but with ‘bigger’ names potentially available, it would be hard to imagine Brendan Rodgers commanding the Arsenal dugout anytime soon, but who knows?
Unsurprisingly though is the name of Thomas Tuchel at Borussia Dortmund also in at 7/1 (8.00) to succeed Arsene Wenger. The brand and style of football would suit Arsenal fans and the young German manager would certainly know how to deal with the expectation, the pressures of the Champions League and a league title chasing campaign. However, his Dortmund side has slipped somewhat this season and currently sits behind newly promoted RB Leipzig - so if you’re to judge it on how hot the manager’s stock is right now, it’s not a surprise to see him behind the likes of an Allegri or Rodgers.
Several familiar faces are in the running to replace Wenger (albeit far out options), including former Gunners stars Dennis Bergkamp and Thierry Henry, who are listed at 20/1 (21.0) and 25/1 (26.0) to take the position next, despite a stark lack in managerial experience in both ex-players’ cases.
Current assistant manager Steve Bould is a big outsider to replace Wenger at 40/1 (41.0), while Bayern Munich boss Carlo Ancelotti sits at the back of the order as a 50/1 (51.0) outsider.
Former Tottenham Hotspur chief Harry Redknapp is also a near-impossible option at 100/1 (101.0), as is Louis van Gaal following a miserable two years in charge of Manchester United.
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