BBC pundit Trevor Sinclair believes Arsenal are in the hunt for Pep Guardiola, and if he’s available this summer then Arsene Wenger will be “moved upstairs”.
The Frenchman has been at Arsenal for nearly 20 years, and is far and away the longest serving manager in the Premier League. He is known for seeing out his contracts, but may be willing to cut his current deal with Arsenal short if it’s for the good of the club.
Wenger is not like many of the mercenaries in today’s game, as he genuinely cares a great deal about Arsenal. He is sure to play a large part in selecting his successor, and if he believes Guardiola is the man for the job then he’ll do everything to get the Spaniard through the door.
Sinclair insists that Arsenal’s interest in the Bayern Munich boss has come from a “reliable source”, and claims Wenger may well step down at the end of the campaign.
Not left my phone or a new story but reliable source @Arsenal have been chasing Pep for years and Arsen could be moved upstairs this summer
— Trevor Sinclair (@trevor8sinclair) December 27, 2015
They’ve been after Pep from when he had his sabbatical in NY — Trevor Sinclair (@trevor8sinclair) December 27, 2015
Arsenal will unquestionable be a very different club once Wenger moves on, as the club has become synonymous with the manager over the last two decades. There are very few managers who could adequately replace the 66-year-old, but Guardiola may well be one of them.
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The former Barcelona boss is unquestionably one of the best managers in the world at the moment, which is why he’s being hunted by the likes of Manchester United, Chelsea, and Manchester City (via the Express). And ever since it was confirmed that he’d be parting ways with Bayern Munich (via The Guardian), the world’s biggest clubs have been fighting to secure his signature.
His availability isn’t coming at the best of times, as Wenger would obviously prefer to see out his current contract. We may not get another chance to sign Guardiola though, so we’ll have to wait an see what happens come the end of the season.
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If Wenger were to win the Premier League in 2016, then perhaps he’d be willing to finish with a bang and step aside.
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