Arsenal are currently planning for life after Arsene Wenger, and are rather surprisingly looking to replace him with former Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini, according to reports from Italy (via the Express).
Despite struggling badly at times and really failing to capitalise on excellent positions this season, Wenger doesn’t necessarily seem to be on his way out at the end of the season. He doesn’t have long left at the top though, and whether it’s this summer, the next, or the one after that, he’ll soon be gone.
Many Arsenal fans want to see the Frenchman leave the club, feeling that he’s overstayed his welcome and is no longer the right man for the job. That has led to a huge amount of speculation regarding his potential replacement, with Mancini the latest to be linked.
The Italian manager is currently with Serie A side Inter Milan, where despite an excellent start to the campaign, he and his team currently find themselves in fifth place; looking increasingly unlikely to miss out on Champions League football yet again.
Mancini is apparently keen on a return to the Premier League, and Arsenal are being touted as the most likely destination. He won the Premier League back in 2012 with Man City, but beyond that he hasn’t enjoyed too much success recently.
It’s questionable whether most Arsenal fans would be happy with the appointment of the 51-year-old, even those who are determined to see Wenger leave the club.
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Many who are demanding Wenger’s sacking/resignation may not actually be thinking too far beyond his departure, and aren’t considering who would actually replace him. There aren’t many top quality managers out there, and we don’t want to be in the same position as the likes of Manchester United.