Arsenal v Southampton - Capital One Cup Third Round

The 66-year-old French handler enters into his last year in charge of the North London side and hasn’t agreed to a contract extension yet. One might not come as the club too is looking to experience life under a new tactician having seen Wenger take charge of the side for 20 years. Recent performances haven’t really been impressive, with the club boasting of only F.A Cups and Community Shield successes in the past decade. A section of the fans turned against the coach last season and such fans will be glad to see him go as soon as possible, especially if next season ends without the EPL title. So given the dearth of many top quality and vacant coaches in the game, who has got what it takes to take charge the reigns of power at Arsenal F.C?

According to The Daily Star, the club has set eyes on Bournemouth coach, Eddie Howe as a viable replacement for Wenger in case he leaves next summer after seeing out his current contract. The 38 year-old was said to have been considered by the F.A for the England job before choosing Sam Allardyce. Since taking charge of the Cherries in 2008 at 31 years of age, and briefly having a stint with Burnley in the 2nd division, the young English coach has shown his quality, guiding Bournemouth to the top flight from League Two and helping them regain their Premier League status upon the club’s promotion last season. A Championship winner and a lover of attractive style of play, Arsene Wenger is said to be a fan of Howe, and the club tips him as as the Frenchman’s successor.

The club’s chief executive,Ivan Gazidis recently insisted the need for top results from Wenger despite the rich past the club enjoyed under him

“ We need to win the major titles, and we feel that pressure every day. And so for us, there is a sense of disappointment and frustration that last season we finished in second place. Second place isn’t what we’re aiming for. We’re aiming to win it. Our objective is to win the major trophies, and to put the club in a position where it can consistently compete for the major trophies. And I would add, very importantly for us, to do it in a way that’s consistent with our club values.”

At the death, Arsenal overtook Tottenham to the 2nd spot, 10 points behind surprise leaders, Leicester City at the end of last season. Many questioned the club’s recent transfer policy, especially after the coach signed only Petr Cech during last summer’s transfer window. That hasn’t improved much this season, with only Xhaka and former Boston defender, Rob Holding as the major arrivals this summer. Following Per Mertesacker’s injury last Friday, a need for a new central defender has risen as the former Germany international will miss the earlier periods of the season. However, after it was revealed that Francis Coquelin has been training as a defender, it looks like the club won’t be pursuing the signing of a new defender. Such decisions are what makes letting go of Wenger a possible option. It was revealed that the club wouldn’t have stayed in his way if he chose to receive the F.A offer for the England coaching position last month.

Arsenal are preparing for life without the former Monaco handler and Howe could be the next man to lead the club. His C.V makes him a great choice. With 48.4% win rate in his games overseen for Bournemouth and being an Englishman, he has a higher chances of securing the position.

Paul Koroma

I learned all about life with a ball at my feet. Soccer allows me to push the limitation of creativity and express myself without saying a word. Soccer is my addiction. I train. I play, and I repeat every single day.

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