Arsenal fans have become used to having a charismatic manager at the helm, and the club is certainly going to feel very different when Arsene Wenger’s reign comes to an end. There are few men who could adequately replace the Frenchman, but Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola may be one of them.
Gooners worldwide will therefore be pleased to hear no doubt, that the Spanish coach is interested in managing Arsenal in the future (via the Daily Mail).
The former Barcelona manager is a known admirer of the brand of football Arsenal have played for nearly 20 years under Wenger, with Arsenal arguably modelling themselves on Barcelona and Spain’s tiki taka style. The North London club has many-a-time been called a poor man’s Barcelona, in large part due to their failure to win titles using the same philosophy the Catalan giants did under Guardiola.
Moreover, Guardiola is used to managing clubs with heritage, having gone from Barcelona to Bayern Munich. Both clubs have a rich history and culture, with former players and managers connected to their respective clubs long after having left. This is exactly the sort of atmosphere Arsenal have been building under Wenger and is something that needs to continue.
Current club captain Mikel Arteta and eternal Gunners legend Thierry Henry are both completing their UEFA coaching badges with the Arsenal academy (via the Daily Mail), and former players have lauded Arsenal’s heritage and ethos for creating a positive environment at the club. This would suit Guardiola well, as he himself has been brought up through the ranks in the educational environs of Camp Nou at a time when Louis Van Gaal was at Barcelona.
If Guardiola were to take another sabbatical from football after the 2015/16 season, his comeback would coincide exactly with the end of the 66-year-old’s current contract at the club (via Arsenal.com). With his many achievements and undying love for the club, Wenger has already sealed his place in Arsenal lore. And after all he’s done for the club, Wenger deserves to choose his own last day at Arsenal, and if he wins the league this season he might even be tempted to leave gracefully and let Guardiola take over.
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Wenger may potentially move into the boardroom or the director of football position at Arsenal sometime in the future, as it’s hard to see him having no connection to the club once he retires from management. Famed for his forward thinking and planning mentality, this would be the ultimate gift from Wenger to the fans and to Arsenal’s future.