Archive for May, 2013

31
May
13

Top 10 Best Wenger Signings

Following on from my previous article “Wenger’s worst 10 signings” I have been asked to scribe an article profiling Arsene Wenger’s Top 10 Best signings. The choice was not really that hard as a lot of choices come from the Invincibles side, this seems like an absolute lifetime ago when for a short time Arsenal had set the benchmark for the style of football that was played. 

1. Thierry Henry

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Hailed as nothing short as a god during his 8 years at the club, his performances were scintillating and inspirational. One specific memory was Henry’s amazing hat-trick in the Stadio Olympico against AS Roma from the 2002-03 season which will live long in the memory for me. Henry remains the top goalscorer with 228 goals from 377 games which is a sensational record. Not forgetting his 93 assists in his Arsenal career which I am sure many would agree would have to see him as Arsene Wenger’s best ever signing I am not sure the club will ever see the likes of another Thierry Henry. He proved all his doubters that were aplenty after his move from Juventus where it just did not work out for him bought as a winger and molded as a deadly Centre forward a lot of credit has to go to Wenger for this.

2. Robert Pires

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Robert Pires will more than likely go down as one of the most creative players ever to grace the club. Definiteily one of the most gifted midfielders I have ever seen in my lifetime. An integral part of the invincibles side one of the few professionals that was equally as good with both feet much like Santi Cazorla. Pires was bought for what now seems an absolute snip at £6 million beating the likes of Real madrid and Juventus to his signature. He had a slow start to his Arsenal career but after he took a season to settle he started to put in some sensational displays and showed he was capable of the spectacular. One specific moment I recall was in the 2001-02 campaign where he latched onto a long range pass from Freddie Ljungberg chipped the ball over Villa midfielder Boateng then lobbed the on rushing Schmeichel. Pires much like henry scooped many awards in his time at the club he won 2 league titles and 3 FA Cups he would have to go down as one of the best ever Wenger signings.

3. Freddie Ljungberg

Signed for a cut price £3 million from Swedish side Halmstads BK back in 1998 he had 9 impressive seasons at the club scoring 46 goals in 216 appearances. He became known for his late runs from Midfield and scoring very vital goals especially when Pires picked up a serious injury that saw him missing for the last 2 months of the 2001-02 season. His performances late on that season helped clinched that title in a very impressive campaign.

4. Patrick Vieira

Vieira was Wenger’s first signing along with fellow Frenchman Remi Garde. Signed for £3.5 million from AC Milan where he never seemed to get much of an opportunity. Vieira was the complete midfielder screening the back four but was a typical old style box to box midfielder. He could definitely put his foot in but he offered so much more than that. He chipped in with some incredibly important goals and had scored some absolute gems. Vieira was captain material from day one. He was great at motivating his team and taking charge. He became renowned for taking the game by the scruff of the neck and making something happen. His passion also came with a bit of a temper though and found himself in several flash points with authority in his 9 years at the club. That a side he was and will always be an Arsenal stalwart 

5. Emmanuel Petit

Petit signed for £2.5 Million the season after Vieira arrived at Highbury and they formed a formiddable partnership in Midfield. At the time they were a million miles ahead of any other Midfield partnership in the Premier League. He won the League and Cup double within his first season and was an instant success. He provided stability to the Midfield and brought a lot more creativity. However his Arsenal career was quite short lived and was moved on to Barcelona in 2000 along with Arsenal favourite Marc Overmars.

6. Marc Overmars

Signed from Ajax in the summer of 1997 he became an instant hit linking up very impressively with fellow Dutchman Dennis Bergkamp. He scored some very important goals for the club included one against Newcastle in the FA Cup and the only goal in a close fought game at Old Trafford. These goals helped Arsenal clinch the League and Cup double in his first season. Overmars played over 100 games in his 3 years at the club scoring 25 goals. He was moved on along with Petit to Barcelona for £25 million. 

7. Sol Campbell

Sol was signed on a free transfer from bitter and local rivals Tottenham, he was labelled as a “Judas” by their faithful. He always remained adamant that he did not leave for financial reasons and left to win trophies. This is a point that is hard to argue as he won a League and cup double in his first season. He sustained a serious injury the following season and Arsenal missed out on the League that season and had to make do with an FA Cup. Sol was partnered with Kolo Toure in 2003-04 and this proved to be a great fit and Sol won his second league and cup double with the club. He was to add a further FA cup to his name in 2004-05.

8. Laureano Bisan-Etame Mayer (Lauren)

Lauren was signed in the summer of 2000 for a fee of around £7.2 million and proved to be a very versatile acquisition. In his 6 years at the club he had played Right back, Left back, Centre Back. on both wings too as well as deployed in a holding midfield role. It did not take long for Lauren to settle scoring his first goal in only his second competitive game for the club against Liverpool. He was far from prolific only scoring a further 6 goals for the club but they were all goals scored at very important times. he is probably the most underrated player in this list, like most of the list he won 2 League and cup doubles as well as a further FA cup in 2005.

9. Cesc Fabregas

Cesc was signed from Barcelona in 2003 and joined the Arsenal academy where he impressed almost straight away. He was used in the 2003-04 mainly in the League cup and as a sub in this campaign. It was not until the 2004-05 campaign where he figured a lot more in the first team on a regular basis. After the departure of Patrick Vieira he was handed his Number 4 shirt and featured heavily alongside Gilberto Silva. Throughout his Arsenal career there had always been speculation of his return to Spain but this did not happen for several seasons. Fabregas was made captain in the 2008-09 season and made it clear that he felt this to be a great honour and he took the responsibility on very well. However he sustained a knee injury against Liverpool which kept him out of action for 4 months in this time Arsenal dropped points and could only finish fourth and with no silverware. Fabregas only won the FA cup in 2005 I have to admit he should have won more with the club he had several near misses with the club as a runner up with the Champions league in 2006 and the Premier league in the previous year. The inevitable happened in 2011 when he departed for his boyhood team Barcelona in a fee to be reported at around £30 million included add-ons for trophies won and appearances.

10. Robin Van Persie

I did toy with whether to include Robin van Persie in this top ten but I thought to myself he had to be included. Putting aside whether you still hate him for “betraying” the club. You would have to agree in his time at Arsenal he had proved himself to be a world class striker and worthy of his place in the list. Signed from Feyenoord for a fee of £2.75 Million on a four year deal. He had some problems at Feyenoord and Wenger saw the opportunity to bring him to Arsenal and mold him into the player he is today. He had a very inconsistent start to his Arsenal career and seemed very injury prone indeed. Taking that into consideration he still had a very impressive goals record for the club scoring 132 goals in 277 appearances in all competitions. His final season was his most prolific with 37 goals in 48 games and seeing him pick up two footballer of the year awards and the golden boot. Every Arsenal fan does not need to be reminded what followed but i do believe he is worthy of this place in this list. lets not forget he single handed dragged Arsenal into the Champions league places last season.

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There were a few that did not quite make it into this top ten the likes of Kolo Toure, Aleksander Hleb, matthieu Flamini, Gael Clichy, Samir nasri to name just a few. I truly believe this is Wenger’s top 10 signings it is no coincidence the majority of this list come from the two double winning sides this was a golden era for the club. 

 

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28
May
13

Top 10 Worst Wenger Signings

In a week that has seen Arsenal linked with many mediocre players for next season from home and abroad, I feel it is time to finally disprove the myth that he has bought more than his fair share of gems to the club. Here are my ten worst Wenger signings in no particular order.

1. Pascal Cygan

Now for someone I can say with huge certainty is Arsene Wenger’s worst ever signing. There are some footballers you wonder how they became professional footballers this would sum Cygan up perfectly. He could also go down as one of the worst players to ever receive a Premier League winners medal which he won for season 2003-04. Pascal was somewhat a fringe player and was eventually moved onto Spain in 2006 to Villarreal for the same fee that was paid for him £2 million.

2. Francis Jeffers

Signed from Everton for a staggering £8 million a lot at the time for such an unproven quantity and it turned out to be disastrous for both parties. Jeffers was constantly injured at the club and even when fit which was an incredibly rare occasion he flattered to deceive. Surely will go down as one of the biggest underachievers in the game after so much expectation was thrust upon his shoulders in his Everton days. Scoring just 9 goals in 40 games over a two season period before being loaned back to Everton, then was moved on to Charlton Athletic for £2.6 Million and the rest as they say is history.

3. Oleg Luzhny

In the summer of 1999 he was signed after somehow impressing Wenger with his performances as part of Champions League opponents Dynamo Kyiv. Luzhny’s nickname “the horse” from memory I can only imagine fans shortened this from “Cart Horse” as he was not very impressive one bit. Signed as back up for Lee Dixon he never managed to displace Dixon. Luzhny only made 75 Appearances for the club in 4 seasons most of these coming as substitute or in domestic cup games. He was eventually palmed off on newly promoted Wolverhampton Wanderers in the summer of 2003.

4. sebastien squillaci

Squillaci has been described as a Centre half who is “strong in the air” and “reads the game well” I can only imagine these quotes are coming from a very sarcastic person as I have seen not much if any evidence of this since he was signed by the club back  in the summer of 2010 for a fee of around £4 Million. I have never been impressed by him. He is slow seems to have very low concentration and is bullied to easily. To my dismay he still finds himself with a squad number I am sure I am not the only member of the Arsenal Faithful to be hoping this all changes next season.

5. Philippe Senderos

  Robert Koren of West Bromwich Albion (L) gets past a challenge from Philippe Senderos of Arsenal during the Carling Cup match between Arsenal and West Bromwich Albion at Emirates Stadium on September 22, 2009 in London, England

You could be forgiven for thinking that looking at the picture of Senderos that he was taking a break or maybe he was posing in a Michael jackson-esque style for photo opportunities. Unfortunately neither of them are true he had just been out-skilled by West Brom’s Robert Koren who left him on his backside. This is a view that many fans got used to from the 2004-05 season up to when he permanently left the club in 2010. He had loan spells at incredibly AC Milan and Everton in  2008 and 2010 respectively just before he was sold to Fulham at the end of 2010. 

6. Nicklas Bendtner

If Bendtner plays as well is he talks himself up he would be world class however he does not, He is not short of a few things to say regarding his ability. He famously described himself as one of the most talented players in world football not sure whether this was before or after he found himself playing in the championship for Birmingham but whenever it was said it may well of been a huge exaggeration. He has been on Arsenal’s books since 2005 and has had several loan spells around Europe most notably at Italian champions Juventus last season where the coach Antonio Conte called him overweight and lazy this did not go down to well with Nicklas who automatically blamed Arsenal’s health and training regime. His scoring record currently stands at 99 appearances with 22 goals, I very much doubt he will ever make it to 100 appearances for the club.

7. Marouane Chamakh

Chamakh signed on a free transfer from french side Bordeaux and he actually came with quite a good reputation as a target man some pundits actually compared him to Didier Drogba I now realise they must been paid quite a lot of money to mention Chamakh in such high regard. He did not actually start too badly in his first season. Then after he seemed to really lack any real appetite and seemed like he was more than happy to just sit on the bench and rake in his £60,000 a week. He spent last season on loan at West Ham where he made an abysmally low 3 appearances for the club. I hope he is moved on very quickly he is one of a few players that need to be moved on regardless of how much compensation it costs the club they are weighing the wage bill down quite heavily and contributing very little if anything to the club.

8. Andre Santos

  Ahmed Elmohamady of Sunderland outjumps Andre Santos of Arsenal during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Sunderland at the Emirates Stadium on October 16, 2011 in London, England

Could this be the biggest waste of a No.11 Shirt in Premier League history. He has made 23 appearances for the club scoring one goal. He is a defensive nightmare who is currently on loan at Gremio in Brazil. I shudder to think what his wages are on, The Gremio president has been quoted as saying they can not afford to kick him after his loan finishes. To say he uses his right foot to stand on would not be too far from the truth and his left is not much better. When you think of Brazilian football you can cast your mind back and think of world class marauding full backs such as Roberto Carlos and Cafu. Andre Santos is one that will last long in the memory for all the wrong reasons.

9. Mikael Silvestre

If KP wanted a mascot for their peanuts campaign then he would be your man, however if you are looking for a strong commanding centre back he is not. He signed for Arsenal in the 2008-09 season he had made a total of 43 appearances for the club scoring 3 goals and was moved on to the Bundesliga with Werder Bremen in 2010. 

10. Richard Wright

For a reported fee of £6 million Richard Wright was signed in the 2001-02 season but he only stayed for a year after a very unimpressive spell at the club he only made 12 appearances slipping to third choice behind a then youthful Stuart Taylor he was quickly moved onto Everton in 2002 where he spent a more successful time of 5 years.

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There are many contenders for this top 10 list but I did decide on these as I believe they contributed very little. Feel free to add your own opinions to this list.

 

 

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24
May
13

Ashley Williams Arsenal Bound?

 

Swansea City's English-born Welsh defender Ashley Williams celebrates with the trophy after the League Cup final football match between Bradford City and Swansea City at Wembley Stadium in London, England on February 24, 2013. Swansea City won the game 5-0. AFP PHOTO/GLYN KIRK

It is being widely reported on various Football Websites that Arsenal are very close to agreeing a deal to bring Swansea and Wales Captain Ashley Williams to the Emirates. It is firmly believed that Wenger sees the position of extreme importance this summer and he is keen to do busy very early.

So what do we know about Ashley Williams?

The Wales International has impressed many clubs in the two premier league seasons he has captained the Swansea club and is expected to command a fee of around £10 million, for this you would be getting a towering figure in the back four. he is a very good communicator and has very good organisation skills.  He has been ever present this season earning some high praise from many in the game.

What would this mean for other Defenders at the club?

With countless rumours reporting Vermaelen’s time is up and today he has been linked with a £7.5 million move to serie A side Napoli their will be a need for another experienced head in the rear guard. Koscielny is no doubt now the first name on the team sheet in respect of the back four, I can foresee Williams and Koscielny forming a very strong and impressive centre back pairing, Personally I would have to say this move would be a no brainer for Arsenal.

Not forgetting that also Sagna is constantly being linked with moves back to his homeland with PSG this would possibly open the possibility of maybe deploying a back three maybe that is a debate for another time. It is something that Wenger had dabbled with last summer in pre season, with the players that Arsene has at his disposal it is a possibility.

It would appear Wenger is looking to move quick in the transfer market which would be a welcome change to previous years for the Arsenal faithful, I am sure he will be looking to avoid any lengthy  transfer sagas this summer.

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18
May
13

Arsenal’s Make or Break Final Day

Arsenal's Make or Break Final Day. - FTBpro lineup

The end of the season is nigh I am sure I am not the only Gooner who has suffered from massive bouts of de javu this season. A solid enough looking start but not particularly potent in front of goal. Then came the end of the year defensive calamities that saw the possibility of finishing in mid-table obscurity. Then as last season Wenger seems to be able to just do enough, only time will tell tomorrow if he is good enough to get the job done but it looks 99% complete. Is it enough for him to keep his job? will it be enough to keep his job? it seems it might, although with his future as Arsenal manager in serious question this one could roll on all summer. It seems that it is written in stone that Arsenal must be embroiled in at least one transfer saga every summer. With Man United extending the dominance once again it seems like it has been normal service resumed after last season, with other teams in the top 5 or 6 a certainty to spend this summer it is imperative that Wenger (if he is indeed still there) spends big too and even more so that there is a champions league qualification place for next season at the Emirates like it is not going to be hard enough attracting the names required. With no Champions League football it would be almost impossible.

Goalkeeper

Szczesny: He has looked very capable indeed since coming back into the starting XI pulling off some very important saves recently he is certain to start at Newcastle. I can only see him improving as a player from next season providing that there is a new challenger to test him because he has looked too comfortable in the squad with no number 2 pushing him for a place.

Defence

Sagna: has had a very inconsistent season but still is the most experienced Right back at the club, whether he will be next season remains to be seen as it looks like he will possibly be applying his trade at PSG next season. I do not feel he has quite been right since the death of his brother maybe he needs a break away to pastures new. He has had some very good performances this season but unfortunately they have been very few and far between.

Mertesacker: Per has impressed me all season long, he has definitely become one of the most reliable defenders at the club and has cemented his place in the back four scoring some important goals and even more importantly making some last ditch challenges that could be season changing. 

Koscielny: Kos has been instrumental in the change of form especially for the back four, he is quick, strong and his reading of the game has improved massively. He has built a very good partnership with the aforementioned Mertesacker in recent weeks. I would not be surprised to see Europe’s best clubs come knocking this summer.

Gibbs: It is looking like Kieran could be back in as first choice in Wenger’s plans. Had a very good game on Tuesday night I am sure this is the Nacho Monreal effect, Monreal has been pushing for a start since January with a lot of success. It is no coincidence that this has improved Gibb’s game as he has risen to the challenge. His defensive play has noticeably improved, he has always been good going forward but he now seems to play the percentages a lot more.

Midfield

Arteta: Mikel has proven to be one of Wenger’s better signings in recent seasons, he has been asked to do a job he is not very familiar with, which is screening the back four and has has done it admirably. In the last few games he has built a very impressive understanding with Aaron Ramsey just adding some much needed protection especially in the away games.

Ramsey: Aaron is one player that has impressed me a lot in the last month, I did wonder if he was ever going to regain his form after his broken leg, but now i am convinced he is good enough to be at the club, he capped off a impressive performance against Wigan on Tuesday night with a very well taken goal. I can only commend him on his work rate, It is no wonder that he won the club’s Player of the month award. I know there are still a lot of supporters that feel the jury is still out on him and obviously prefer Wilshere over Aaron, but until jack regains his fitness I just do not see why you wouldn’t include Ramsey he has showed the type of work ethic Arsenal have been lacking.

Walcott: Theo has hit form at just the right time, he took a while to get going again after his much reported contract wranglings with the club, lets not forget he did also have some niggling injuries and was in and out of the team for a bit. He has scored very important goals of late QPR after just under one minute and a very important goal against Wigan and what now could be a very important point against Man United. 

Cazorla: Santi has possibly been the most underrated player of this premier league season, he has had a very impressive first premier league season, was very unlucky not to make the team of the year in my opinion. He has great vision and deservedly won Man of the Match against Wigan, I am sure he is only going to improve next season and he looks like he has settled very quickly into the English game. he has taken defenses apart this season, long may that continue. 

Chamberlain: I have championed this guy all season and have been so disappointed how often he has not been used. When he plays he has a youthful intelligence that is very rarely seen on the pitch. This lad has a bright future at the club I just hope like many others he is not shunned and looks elsewhere, he seems happy enough at the club at present but Ox needs games and he just is not getting them at the moment. I would love to see him and Theo on either flank. Ox has great pace like Theo but has a lot of upper body strength as well. 

Forwards

Podolski: Lukas has had a couple of games up top recently and against Wigan looked at home bagging two goals in the process, he had a very good game his link up play was good, he did look a little rusty at times but that is to only be expected and will change with more games. I think Wenger will more than likely recall Giroud, but I would like to see Lukas given enough chance up there to show what he can do.

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This is the team I would start with at Newcastle, I would be very confident that this lineup would get the job done. when there have been absentees like Walcott, Cazorla and even chamberlain there has not been any real speed or directness within the performances and that would be a real concern if that happened tomorrow.

I’m sure I do not have to remind fans this is the most important game in Arsenal’s recent club history could be mnake or break for next season especially with transfer business in the summer anything less than a win just will not do. having said that I am confident they will get the three points required and who knows a Chelsea draw at home to Everton. Arsenal may be sitting pretty in the top three.

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12
May
13

Arsenal Transfer Talk

  Fulham manager Martin Jol greets Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger ahead of the Barclays Premier League match between Fulham and Arsenal at Craven Cottage on April 20, 2013 in London, England

Where to start this morning? there are quite a few rumours circulating regarding players coming in for next season. One thing is for certain there is much need for investment especially with a reported 8+ Players to be part of a clear-out this summer.

Wayne Rooney

This one seems extremely unlikely, Man United have rejected his third transfer request and it seems if he does leave Old Trafford, Bayern Munich seem to be favourites and with the £30 Million plus price tag this seems doomed from the word go. The pessimistic part of me would have to suggest this is a rumour circulated by the club to try to boost season ticket sales for next season

Stevan Jovetic

This is one story that will just not go away, rumours of talks are ongoing with Fiorentina and the player’s representatives. He has been on Arsene Wenger‘s radar for quite sometime and has impressed on various scouting missions carried out by the club. The key part of negotiations seems to be Champions league qualification with Arsenal’s qualification still in the balance and Fiorentina just one point away from qualifying for the same competition.

he would most definitely improve the squad but there may well be several factors hampering this deal from going through.

Rene Adler

If there is one position that Wenger needs to strengthen next season it is in the form of a new Goalkeeper. Reports coming out of Germany have been suggesting that Adler who is now 28 fits the bill. Hamburg  claim they are still yet to receive any contact from any club for his services but they do expect the interest to be real. It is very important that there is someone to challenge Szczesny and more importantly there is an experienced head in the camp.

Julian Draxler

The Schalke and German international has repeatedly been linked with a move to the Emirates and could be available for a fee around £16 million. the very skillful winger would add a fresh dynamic to the squad and I would welcome this. Arsenal will have to move quick as it is believed that Dortmund see him as an ideal replacement for Mario Gotze who is set to complete his move to their rivals Bayern Munich this summer.

Julio Pleguezuelo Selva

This is a strange one and a story that will no doubt anger a lot of Gooners this morning. Another 16 year old for the academy when there are more pressing issues to address at the club. Although Selva is highly rated for his age it seems a strange choice to be looking at youth all the while there are bigger positions that need to be filled this summer.

These are just a pick of some of the rumours that have been doing the rounds over the last few days one thing is certain Arsenal need to strengthen in all areas of the pitch if they are to challenge for honours next season. The main worry is that Wenger looks for bargains once again which will no doubt anger the faithful as he is reportedly sitting on £70 million.

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10
May
13

Win signed Tony Adams Photo

The Gunners in Arms team are giving you the chance to win this Tony Adams photo signed by the captain himself complete with a Certificate of Authentication.

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02
May
13

Top 5 Names Who Could Replace Wenger In The Summer

Arsene Wenger has rubbished rumours of his departure to PSG this summer, but with his contract nearing its completion next summer I thought I would like to take the opportunity to recommend some names that the Arsenal Board should consider when the time comes. Wenger’s supporters are always saying that no-one can replace him, well I would have to disagree. With his tactics and team selections rightfully under scrutiny with every game you would have to think it is about time that his successor was at least scouted.

5. Carlo Ancelotti

Paris Saint-Germain's Italian coach Carlo Ancelotti gestures during the French L1 football match Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) vs Nice, on April 21, 2013 at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris

Ancellotti who is still under contract with PSG but it is widely reported that they are unhappy with his managerial style and could be shown the door in the summer. He is a very well decorated and respected manager who has one various honours over an illustrious career.  He has two league titles, two champions leagues and a World cup to his name and would surely add a new vision and new found stability at the club if he was to be given the opportunity.

4. Frank De Boer & Dennis Bergkamp

The two former Ajax players who have both had very fruitful playing careers have turned their attentions to the managerial realm and have started very impressively and appear to work very well as a team. They have implemented a very watchable playing style and have continued the good tradition that has been at Ajax for decades. Their partnership has seen Ajax regain somewhat of a stranglehold back on the Eredivisie winning two league titles since the 2010 2011 season. Recent history has shown managerial partnerships don’t have a great track record but I can see this one working very well. They both seem to share the same vision in every aspect, I would be lying to you if it would’t be a little bit romantic seeing Bergkamp back at the club in any capacity.

3. Manuel Pellegrini

  Malaga head coach Manuel Pellegrini ahead of the UEFA Champions League quarter-final second leg match between Borussia Dortmund and Malaga at Signal Iduna Park on April 9, 2013 in Dortmund, Germany

The Chilean born manager who currently manages the impressive Malaga side from La Liga, he appears to be very sought after for next season, being linked with PSG, Man City and Chelsea in recent weeks and would do a great job for any club that wishes to take him. He is known for his tactical nouse  and also adopting an attractive style of play which you would imagine will be very high on the Arsenal Board’s   criteria. He is known for integrating young players within the first team which would be an encouraging sign for the board as there have been many promising young talent leaving the Emirates in recent months to many fans dismay.

2. Joachim Low

German national soccer team coach Joachim Loew gestures during the friendly football match Netherlands vs Germany on November 14, 2012 in Amsterdam

Low who has a very impressive track record within the Bundesliga and being the Authoritarian in charge of the German National team. He encourages a style which you could compare to total football adopted by the Netherlands in the seventies. He is very strong willed and has a distinctive vision on how his team set about their business. Like the aforementioned Pelligrini he encourages the use of young talent and home grown players within his squads. He would be my realistic choice for Wenger’s predecessor. He has managed the National team since 2006 and has masterminded the resurgence of German International football and has a lot to offer a club like Arsenal.

1. Juergen Klopp

Dortmund's head coach Juergen Klopp smiles during a press conference at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on April 29, 2013, on the eve of the UEFA Champions League football match Real Madrid CF vs Borussia Dortmund

Klopp has only been in management since 2001 when after retiring from his playing career in the same year took charge of Mainz 05 and was there til 2008. He was then given his big chance at Borussia Dortmund, at the time Dortmund had huge money problems and sold off nearly all of their assets to various clubs around Europe. It was a process that took a while to get going. Klopp has given himself a name for using young talent. I would have to say Klopp is the real “special one”. He has masterminded Dortmund’s resurgence with little money and a lot of academy players. he has a good eye for a player as well. Mats Hummels was bought for £4 million from Bayern Munich, not many if any knew much about Robert Lewandowski until last season he was bought from Lech Poznan for a bargain at just over £4 million. Klopp would be the perfect fit for Arsenal. He would also sort out the soft centre in the back four once and for all. Although he has re-iterated that he is not interested in a move to the Premier league yet but you would like to think that he would be offered somewhere near to what Wenger receives for his services.

I feel that everyone of these managers would be an improvement for the club, they all have a proven track record at the highest level and would no doubt give Arsenal a bright future, something that under Arsene Wenger’s management looks a long way away.

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