10 potential Wenger replacements

The pros and cons

Bergkamp. Can he handle sponsorship commitments?

Jürgen Klopp: Borussia Dortmund

Pros: Will greatly suit the young, attacking style Arsenal fans got used to. More tactically aware than Wenger. and will probably bring Mario Götze with him.

Cons: Is not familiar with the English Premier League, and it might take him some time to get used to the football culture. It might even take him a lot of time.

Ralf Rangnick: Former Schalke & Hoffenheim manager

Pros: The anglophile former Schalke coach is an avid Arsenal fan, and has a good understanding of English football. His teams are always competitive and easy on the eye.

Cons: Had to quit Schalke because of health reasons connected to pressure. He also hasn’t won anything important in his career.

Rémi Garde: Lyon

Pros: In France they say that the former Arsenal midfielder is a better version of Arsene Wenger. Thoughtful and classy, he might ease the transition period following Wenger’s eventual departure.

Cons: He still needs to prove himself as Lyon’s coach – currently 4th in Ligue 1.

Steve Bould: Arsenal U18 coach

Pros: He knows Arsenal from A to Z and is a Gunner through and through. He is also doing very well with the Arsenal U-18 side, and brings the best of what he learned from playing for George Graham and working with Arsene Wenger.

Cons:  He has never coached a senior side (although Pep Guardiola also never coached a senior side before taking the reins in Barcelona). Bould will probably need a lot of help on the transfer market.

Rudi Garcia: Lille OSC

Pros: Has made Lille one of the best attacking sides in France and Europe ,and led the team to its first Ligue 1 title in 57 years, winning the Coupe de France along the way too. Has an impressive eye for youngsters alongside a creative, incisive attacking approach.

Cons: Will bring a French culture to the most French club outside France. I’m not sure that’s what Arsenal need right now.

Brendan Rodgers: Swansea

Pros: His Swansea is an attacking unit that is more accurate with their passing than any other team in England, and it’s all done with Championship-level players. Learned his football from the best in the business – The Dutch and the Spanish. Oh, and Jose Mourinho, too.

Cons: He is young and has hardly any experience in top level coaching.

Paul Lambert: Norwich

Pros: A Martin O’Neill-esque coach that connects well with his players, but has also learned a lot from the tactical genius Ottmar Hitzfeld. His team is doing relatively well in the Premier League, even though most of its players are Championship, or even League One material.

Cons: Can he handle a London-based club that needs to get to the Champions League every season? It might be too much to ask from him.

Dennis Bergkamp: Ajax, assistant manager 

Pros: An Arsenal legend who is loved by the fans, Bergkamp has a solid grasp of how a team should play. His arrival will bring a breath of fresh air to the club.

Cons: He was never a head coach, and his determination to be one is questionable. Plus, there’s also the flight issue.

Jose Mourinho: Real Madrid

Pros: He’s a winner, and he’ll install a winning mentality that Arsenal is oh-so-lacking.

Cons: He’ll probably think he’s bigger than the club itself, and he’ll bring a lot of bad press. He might also not really like playing attacking football with all these cheap youngsters. Oh, and he’s also on €13.5 million per season wages.

 Pep Guardiola: Barcelona

Pros: Well, he is the best coach in the world right now.

Cons: Can he succeed outside Barcelona? 

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