Wednesday 22 November 2017

Who could the next manager of Arsenal be? We look at 10 possibilities

Mauricio Pochettino has Southampton playing a very attractive and effective brand of football.
Mauricio Pochettino has Southampton playing a very attractive and effective brand of football.

Arsene Wenger is out of contract in the summer at Arsenal and while he is expected to sign on the dotted line, here are the 10 men who could replace him if an extension doesn't materialise.

1. Roberto Mancini

His time at Manchester City ended with an acrimonious departure and FA Cup final defeat.

However, that shouldn't overshadow the fact he delivered a Premier League title and FA Cup during his spell at the Etihad.

The Italian is now at Galatasaray where he steered the club through a Champions League group containing Juventus and Real Madrid before exiting to Chelsea.

2. Jurgen Klopp

Having led Borussia Dortmund to back-to-back Bundesliga titles and a Champions League final during his time in charge of the German side, Klopp is considered one of the most exciting managers in football.

His successes have been achieved despite his club being in the financial shadow of Bayern Munich and achieved with a style of football pleasing to the eye. The 46-year-old has been at Dortmund since 2008 and could conceivably be tempted to leave.

Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp could soon get a chance to prove his worth in the Premier League

3. Roberto Martinez

Perhaps the most ideal fit to replace Wenger would be the current Everton manager.

With a limited budget Martinez managed to keep Wigan in the Premier League year after year and also brought them an FA Cup triumph. Despite handling players of limited ability, the Spaniard managed to get the Latics playing pretty football.

With a better squad at his disposal at Everton, Martinez has seamlessly taken over from David Moyes and has Everton competing at the right end of the table.

Roberto Martinez expects Crystal Palace to be difficult to break down

4. Dragan Stojkovic

Wenger has named Stojkovic as an ideal replacement having worked with him in Japan at Nagoya Grampus.

The Serbian continues to work at the Japanese club and has a philosophy identical to that of Wenger. Would be something of a leftfield choice - much like Wenger was when he arrived.

5. Louis Van Gaal

The current manager of the Netherlands will leave the national side after this summer's World Cup.

The former boss of Ajax, Barcelona and Bayern Munich has made no secret of his desire to manage in the Premier League and has been most readily linked with Tottenham.

With seven league titles to his name and a Champions League medal from his time with Ajax, there's no doubting the 62-year-old's credentials.

Louis van Gaal is eager to manage in the Barclays Premier League

6. Mauricio Pochettino

After replacing Nigel Adkins as manager of Southampton, few knew much about the Argentinean.

But in the year-and-a-bit since, he's managed to turn the south coast club from relegation contenders to an expansive side with ambition.

Blessed with an array of young talents at St Mary's, Pochettino appears to have utilised them to their potential with five Saints in the last England squad.

7. Michael Laudrup

While he might have been unceremoniously dumped by Swansea by text message, the Dane showed he has the potential to not just be remembered for being a great player.

In his time in south Wales he delivered the first major trophy in the club's history through the League Cup and had the side playing an exciting brand of football.

8. Dennis Bergkamp

With a statue already outside the stadium, Bergkamp would risk tainting his legendary status if he were to return as manager.

Despite insisting he wouldn't go into management after his retirement in 2006, the Dutchman has been slowly moving up the coaching ranks at Ajax and is currently the assistant to Frank De Boer. Would be a risk - but would certainly be popular with fans.

Denis Bergkamp alongside his bronze statue at the Emirates today

9. Fabio Capello

An impeccable record at club level was somewhat tainted on these shores by a difficult time in charge of England.

Putting failures with the Three Lions aside, the Italian won seven league titles covering three different teams, plus the Champions League during his spell at AC Milan.

The authoritarian is currently managing Russia who he guided to this summer's World Cup in Brazil.

10. Rafael Benitez

For whatever reason, the Spaniard has never been particularly popular among fans - aside from supporters of Liverpool.

Delivering the Champions League against all-odds while at Anfield was the highlight of a hugely successful managerial career in which he also won two La Liga titles with Valencia and the Europa League with Chelsea.

Now at Napoli, Benitez has the Italian team on course for Champions League qualification.

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