Southampton boss Ronald Koeman is apparently being “lined up” to replace Arsene Wenger when he eventually steps down, with the Dutchman becoming the new favourite after odds were slashed by the bookies, as reported by the Daily Star.
Arsene Wenger has been at the club for two decades, and given his service to the club more than deserves to choose when he steps aside. When he does finally vacate the position we need to find the right replacement, and the bookmakers seem to think that man is Ronald Koeman.
The odds have recently dropped to 8-1 for Koeman to become the next Arsenal manager, and the bookies often know a lot that we don’t. The fact that it may well still be another season or more until Wenger steps down means it’s incredibly hard to predict who will replace the 66-year-old, but speculation is still rife.
Pep Guardiola was obviously many people’s first choice, but the Spaniard is now Manchester City bound (via the Manchester Evening News). There aren’t actually a huge number of other decent options out there, and Koeman may not actually be a bad choice.
He’s done great things at Southampton, and has consistently had his side performing above expectations on a relatively small budget. This would suit Arsenal perfectly, although many fans would obviously love a manager to come in and spend big.
At the moment this is nothing more than speculation, and things could change drastically between now and Wenger leaving. He may sign a new contract, Koeman may move elsewhere, or a new target may emerge. Would Koeman really be a terrible choice to take control at the Emirates though?