It doesn’t appear Wenger will eventually serve all the days of that three-year contract he signed in May. Not if Pep Guardiola is been already approached by club officials over the possibility of taking over from Le Prof in 2016.
This is according to the Evening Standard who report that the former Barcelona gaffer looks set to leave the Allianz Arena within the next couple of seasons, making him available for other clubs. Guardiola is believed to have set his sights at working in the Premier League when he leaves Bayern and while both Manchester clubs have been rumoured to have sounded him out even before moving to Germany, the men at the Emirates board room know better than to wait for either of them to beat us to the coveted Spaniard.
Guardiola is undoubtedly the most esteemed coach in world football over the past half decade as his masterpiece in Barcelona still stands as a model and envy of many clubs. Though he has not exactly replicated that at Bayern by winning 6 out of 6 trophies within a year, he still managed to walk away with the BundesLiga title last season with a record point haul, while keeping to his manuscript of playing beautiful football based on keeping possession.
As the rumours continue to gain momentum that Wenger could decide to call it a day on his illustrious coaching career at the end of this current campaign, there has been no shortage of names linked with the successorship of the revered Frenchman. Wenger’s eighteen year helm as Arsenal manager has witnessed many glorious moments, the crown of which is the Invincibles season of 2003/2004 when he led his team to the League title undefeated. Having recently broken a 9 year duck during which the club failed to land no silverware, Wenger’s stock has reared its neck again after seemingly suffering a slump over the period of the drought.
Amongst the other names already linked to the Arsenal managerial seat are former Wenger protégé Dragan Stojkovic and Real Madrid’s assistant Paul Clement. While the former is a relatively unknown quantity in Europe as a manager having only had success in the J-League with Nagoya Grampus (from where Wenger joined Arsenal), Clement has never had any previous experience as a full team manager, serving currently as Number 2 to Carlo Ancelotti.
The modern game seems to have evolved somewhat from 1996 when Wenger was appointed but that is not to say that Wenger has failed to keep with the times. However, it could be in the best interest of the club that, going forward, we get a manager who is of the same school of thought as Wenger, and what better man could that be than Pep Guardiola.
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