Arsenal are fresh off the back of a somewhat underwhelming 3-1 defeat to Premier League rivals Liverpool, and this week host Bayern Munich with the Gunners all but eliminated after a 5-1 drubbing in the first leg of their Champions League tie. The media is circling around Wenger like never before and What Are The Odds looks at who is likely to replace the legendary French boss at the Emirates.
Until very recently it was Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe who was being tipped to be the man to replace Wenger, but a run of poor form and with the Cherries now embroiled in a relegation battle, Howe’s odds have grown to 14/1 (15.0) to fall into fifth place in the betting according to Sky Bet.
The favourite for the post is the 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.
Over the weekend, and even more so after Arsenal’s 3-1 drubbing at the hands of Liverpool, talk of Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri ‘agreeing in principle’ to become the next Arsenal manager was making headlines and gossip columns. However, this morning quotes have come out from Italy from the man himself saying, “I repeat what I have already said before – it’s not true” (regarding agreeing to join the Gunners). Sky Bet and many other bookmakers don’t seem too deterred and odds of 13/8 (2.63) are currently on-offer for the Italian to succeed Arsene Wenger.
Talk may just go up another level should they be on the back of another heavy defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League this week.
The biggest mover in the race to the hotseat at the Emirates is the current, but soon to be ex-boss of Barcelona Luis Enrique. The 46-year old has masterminded Barcelona’s recent dominance domestically and internationally, but the Enrique will step down as manager at the end of the season leaving the door open to a switch to Arsenal, should Mr Wenger step aside of course.
In a revealing interview with Four Four Two Enrique admitted he’d like to manage in England one day and if Arsenal is to be his next club then you can currently get odds of 11/1 (12.0) on it happening, a pretty decent price considering his availability and his incredible trophy-laden CV.
A bit of an outsider at 16/1 (17.0) is Everton boss Ronald Koeman, but talk has intensified on his future this summer, with The Independent and Daily Mirror reporting that Arsenal are indeed interested in the Dutchman. Apparently members of the Arsenal board hold Koeman in high-regard following his recent work at the Toffees and Southampton, however this is where the managerial merry-go-round may kick. Barcelona are also interested and he’s shorter odds of 8/1 (9.00) to return to the Nou Camp, after a successful time there as a player.
Unsurprisingly though is the name of Thomas Tuchel at Borussia Dortmund who is second favourite at 9/1 (10.0) 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.
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 both listed at 25/1 (26.0) to take the job, 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 is also priced at 40/1 (41.0).
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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