It’s obvious that Arsene Wenger isn’t getting any younger, but the hunger to win titles has never left the Frenchman, contrary to what many fans and critics may think. The longtime Arsenal manager has enjoyed highs and lows since his arrival in North London, while also turning down a number of big clubs throughout his tenure in order to show loyalty to Arsenal.
In return, the board have shown loyalty to Arsene, with a number of fans against the decision.
He has led the club to two successive FA Cup titles, and the Gunners are currently top of the Premier League. With a signing or two and the return of some key injured players, Arsene Wenger has a very good chance of bringing the first Premier League title to the Emirates. A piece of silverware that has really eluded the Gunners for some time could be the ultimate cherry on top of the cake for Wenger. Or if you prefer strawberries on your cake, that’s fine too!
What a better way to go out than with the most important piece of domestic silverware, and a big Fu** You to all the haters! I don’t want to get ahead of myself, but he could even go out with the double (FA Cup & PL Title). Imagine that…!
Wenger’s contract only expires in May of 2017, but if he was to win the title, the only other silverware that could possibly motivate him to continue would be the Champions League.
Let’s just imagine that Arsenal do win the Premier League title. Arsene could go out on a high, move up to the executive offices where he will no longer need his big puffy coat, and would be able to appoint his successor. The next Arsenal manager would have a great foundation in place to succeed, it’s just a matter of making the right choice.
In this scenario, guess who could be patiently waiting in the lobby to meet Arsene for his first day on the job? None other than Pep Guardiola.
If you shook your head in disbelief, let me tell you, it’s possible.
There have been reports over the last month that Arsene Wenger has personally contacted Guardiola himself. Apart from that, Arsenal have a few good things going for them.
Financial stability is key. I understand that Manchester City, Chelsea and Manchester United might have deeper pockets, but they also have more debt. With the financial FairPlay rules in play, this could benefit Arsenal. The Gunners also play a similar possession style of football of which Guardiola prefers, so putting his methods into practice could be slightly easier. He would have to make some changes off the ball as the Gunners currently don’t press in the opposition’s half as the Spaniard loves to do. No more pies in the offseason lads, you’re going to have to be in top form.
When asked about Guardiola’s normal tenure at a club lasting only three years, Le Prof didn’t seem to phased by that.
Would Pep’s three-year blocks suit Arsenal? Anything is suitable. Every manager has his own way to run and model his career.
There’s not only one way as long as they give their best for the club where they are. What I think is most important is that anybody who works for a football club gives full commitment.
How long does it last? Nobody knows. I didn’t plan to stay here for 20 years.
Even Steve McManaman thinks Arsenal would be a better fit for the Spaniard.
Financially, I think they’re all much of muchness, they’ve all got money to spend.
I think the way the teams play football, it would probably be Arsenal. The nearest to a Barcelona or a Bayern Munich would be Arsenal.
Glen Hoddle jumped in on the conversation as well.
I think football wise, if he looked at all the teams and players he’d want to work with, there’s a Spanish inclination at Arsenal.
The truth is that Pep obviously could go pretty much anywhere he wants, maybe apart from Real Madrid, and that’s not because they don’t want him, but instead because he’s a Barcelona legend. Would it be easier for him to go to Manchester City, Manchester United or even Chelsea where he could lay in a bed covered in money every night? Of course, but if the Spaniard is really looking for a new challenge, Arsenal could be a great place to call home. Even from a transfer perspective, City and Chelsea may have deep pockets, but given Arsene’s Wenger’s ability to spend wisely over the years, with Guardiola in the hot seat, the club would have the financial power and the ability to bring in top quality to the Emirates.