Diego Simeone has been told to forget a move to Chelsea, and instead make the eventual switch to Arsenal to replace Arsene Wenger. The Secret Football believes he would be “perfect” for the Arsenal job, and suggested the rumours linking him to Chelsea were exactly that, rumours.
He claims that Simeone would add some much needed fire to a technically gifted Arsenal side, something that we miss under Wenger.
The Atletico manager has recently been tipped to take over from Jose Mourinho if he gets the sack from Chelsea (via the Daily Star), but the Secret Footballer believes this would be a mistake.
“Simeone is exactly what Arsenal need. He’s perfect,” the Secret Footballer said.
“I am Arsene Wenger’s biggest fan. I like the footballing template that he has laid down from top to bottom.
“[But] Arsenal need more hostility, more belief and, above all, more controlled aggression.
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“I woke up on Monday morning to a swathe of articles by the national newspapers that claimed that the Argentine is destined for Chelsea should Roman Abramovich part company with Jose Mourinho, which is highly unlikely.
“Simeone could galvanise Arsenal. He is accepting of technical talent but does not buy into Wenger’s philosophy that technical talent alone will always win out.
“An Arsenal team turning up at Stamford Bridge under Simeone is a far scarier prospect than an Arsenal team turning up to Stamford Bridge under Wenger.
“Arsenal need a manager who can take the shackles off them physically and show them that it’s OK to be physical and aggressive in games. It can be an attribute.”
Simeone is a top manager and it’s understandable he’s being linked to a number of top clubs, but is he the right man for Arsenal? He has a habit of not staying at one club for too long, which is something we aren’t used to at Arsenal, but he certainly has a number of positives.
The Argentine loves fluid attacking football, which would fit perfectly with our philosophy, but he also puts plenty of stock in defensive stability. Being a fiery, aggressive player during his own playing days, he knows the importance of having players of that ilk in the side.
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It’s definitely something to think about, but could we even lure him away from Atletico Madrid?