3 reputable contenders to replace Arsene Wenger at Arsenal
The footballing world was shocked to its core on Friday as Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger announced he will leave at the season's end. The curtain will come down on the Frenchman's 22-year reign a year before his contract was set to expire.
Wenger has tasted innumerable success in North London. His influence transformed Arsenal into one of the world's biggest clubs. Having delivered three Premier League titles and seven FA Cups, the French manager will forever be highly regarded in English football.
With Arsenal currently searching for a new boss, here are three worthy candidates to succeed Wenger.
Ancelotti has achieved success at every club managed. He guided AC Milan to two Champions League triumphs, won Ligue 1 while in charge of Paris Saint-Germain, lifted his third European crown with Real Madrid before securing the Bundesliga title at Bayern Munich last season. The Italian also has Premier League experience, having coached the 2009/10 champions, Chelsea.
Arsenal must revamp once Wenger departs. They need the new manager to reignite the squad's competitiveness. The Gunners should be challenging for the Premier League trophy. Having claimed four domestic titles in different countries, Ancelotti is the safest option to take over at the Emirates next season.
An experienced and shrewd coach, Ancelotti's impressive CV alone makes him the perfect man for Arsenal.
An aggressive, masterly tactician, Tuchel came to prominence during his reign at Bundesliga side Mainz. He then left for Borussia Dortmund in 2015 to succeed Jurgen Klopp.
Tuchel has recorded some success as a manager, including winning the German Cup last season. However, doubts still hang over his credentials having been axed by Dortmund eleven months ago.
In the Bundesliga, Tuchel is renowned for his tactical brilliance. He often drew praise for his versatility, regularly modifying formations to suit the game in hand. Among his strong suits is the ability to counter the opposition's set-up.
If Arsenal wish to appoint a young manager, Tuchel's name is firmly in the frame. At 44, he could have a long reign at the Emirates.
Allegri possesses ample experience. He's considered an astute coach throughout Europe. Since joining Juventus in 2014, the Italian has delivered three consecutive domestic doubles, as well as propelling the Old Lady to the Champions League final on two occasions.
Allegri has reputable man-management skills along with an ability to create diverse systems. His formations allow Juve to maintain possession and gain terrortorial advantage, then capitalize on the opposition's errors.
Allegri’s teams are revered for defensive solidity. It's been a feature of his tenure in Turin. En Route to the 2017 Champions League final, Juventus conceded only three goals. The current Arsenal team can only dream of such numbers.
Allegri offers strong ideas. Tuchel can provide longevity. Ancelotti has an exceptional trophy haul. Which of the three managers is the best choice to replace Wenger at Arsenal?