With the Premier League season reaching its conclusion, there’s only one major topic of discussion surrounding Arsenal right now:
Arsene Wenger – should he stay or should he go?
If recent reports are anything to go by, most fans are ready to show Wenger the door.
On the one hand, there’s a certain sadness about all this.
This is the man that led the Gunners to one of their most successful runs in the club’s history, taking them to their first Premier League title only a year after he joined the club in October, 1996.
From there, a slew of trophies followed, creating a compelling argument that the recent poor form may just be a phase and that -given enough time- the Frenchman could once again lead Arsenal to glory.
That argument alone however may not be enough to prevent Wenger from moving on. If anything, it seems that the writing is already on the wall, with everyone from the BBC and Sky sports to the top bookmakers naming their odds on favourites to become the new Arsenal manager next season.
Here’s a look at just some of the big names tipped to replace Arsene Wenger, with their odds, as you may want to get in on the action. Coral betting by Freebets.uk may have several offers and promotions for punters, if they like any of the following names to actually be the next Arsenal manager.
Thierry Henry (20/1)
The Arsenal legend has always been on the list to take the helm at his old club, but he became a firm favourite after subtly hinting in an interview with French television station Canal+ that he would be interested in the role if it became available.
Ronald Koeman (20/1)
Tying neck and neck with Henry is current Everton boss, Ronald Koeman has been heavily tipped to take over from Wenger following an impressive run since joining the Toffees last summer.
According to The Independent, Koeman’s form at Goodison Park has not gone unnoticed by Arsenal officials, who apparently see him as the “perfect candidate” to lead the club back to prominence.
Rafa Benitez (16/1)
Currently plying his trade at Championship side Newcastle United, the former Liverpool manager has been linked with a move to the Emirates for some time now, though most reports claim that this would be a “shock” move given who else is in the running for the job.
Luis Enrique (16/1)
On March 1st, Luis Enrique announced that he would not be staying on at Barcelona once his contract expired in June.
Almost immediately, the Spaniard’s name was put forward as a viable contender for the potentially vacant Arsenal manager’s job.
Enrique has enjoyed mixed success since starting his managerial career in his runs with Roma and Barcelona, but his experience in high level European football could make him an attractive prospect for the role.
Patrick Vieira (12/1)
The rumour mill has been running rampant as of late with talks that former Arsenal star Patrick Vieira could leave his current managerial role at New York FC and head “home.
After being such a pivotal part of the Gunners’ success in the early 2000s, Vieira certainly knows a thing or two about what it takes to get Arsenal on top, and would likely be welcomed by the fans with open arms.