With the 22-year reign of Arsene Wenger now over, Arsenal are left seeking a new manager for the first time in over two decades. After missing out on Champions League football for a second consecutive season and a number of players needing replacing, there’s quite a job on the hands of the next Arsenal manager. If recent reports are led to be true then a new appointment could be made sometime this week.
All Arsenal looks at the next Arsenal manager odds – who will replace the longest-serving Premier League manager of all time?
Unai Emery favourite according to next Arsenal manager odds
Unai Emery, the former Paris Saint-Germain and Sevilla manager has emerged as the leading contender to be the next Arsenal manager, and could even be paraded as Wenger’s successor sometime this week in north London.
The markets have all closed on the next Arsenal manager odds after a number of news outlets revealed that the Spanish boss has ‘agreed’ to be the new man in at the Emirates Stadium.
Unai Emery will be best remembered for his three Europa League wins in a row with Sevilla, one of which came against Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool. With PSG he achieved complete domestic domination with one of the most expensively assembled squads of all-time, but failed to show progress in PSG’s main target – the Champions League.
At the age of 46, Emery could well be considered the perfect long-term appointment to be next Arsenal manager. However, the pressure will be on from the get go on a manager that speaks little English and notoriously failed to get to grips with controlling the world’s most expensive player Neymar, while in Paris.
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Frontrunners to be next Arsenal manager post-Wenger
For the last couple of weeks it had appeared that Mikel Arteta, former player and captain of Arsenal, would be named the new manager until Unai Emery came right into contention – and has seemingly beaten Pep Guardiola’s assistant to the post. His odds had tumbled to 7/2 (4.50) before the markets closed on the new boss.
Arteta’s appointment was splitting opinion between Gunners faithful, mainly over his inexperience at a key juncture for the club in terms of recruitment and getting more out of the current crop of players.
Thierry Henry, another former player (and legend of the club) was also said to have had conversations over the vacancy, but with odds of 14/1 (15.0) was always an outsider to take the job after Wenger. The Frenchman is the current assistant to the Belgian national side and a potential World Cup winning summer could set him up as as the next ‘next’ Arsenal manager.
If Arsenal decide to go for a ‘bigger’ name appointment and someone who could potentially take the club back to the upper echelons of European football, then it’s not a surprise to the available Luis Enrique in the conversation.
As a manager from 2014 to 2017 with Barcelona he achieved La Liga and European success, but that has been his only spell as a manager, and having had no links to English football even during his playing career – some Gunners fans be concerned that he may not be the man to rebuild and create a winning mentality at Arsenal.
A former favourite in the next Arsenal manager odds market, the Spaniard’s wage and transfer budget demands have apparently not lined-up with the Gunners board and as such has fallen way out of contention.
Juventus’s manager Massimiliano Allegri is much further back at 20/1 (21.0) – the 50-year old has a winning pedigree with five Serie A titles and multiple domestic trophies including the Coppa Italia. Many believe he may well have taken the Old Lady as far they can go, all be it going close and coming up short in the Champions League.
Despite the links, it appears Allegri is committed to another season in Turin and looks to be going nowhere this summer.
The outsiders to replace Arsene Wenger
Some interesting outsiders in this next Arsenal manager odds market are former captain and midfielder Patrick Vieira who is currently managing New York FC in the MLS. The big questions is Gunners legend considered by fans ready to be the next Arsenal manager? The MLS side under his guidance haven’t won any silverware in his two seasons at the club and didn’t make the MLS Cup final last season either. The Sun, along with multiple news sources, write that Vieira will instead be appointed the manager of Ligue 1 club Nice, after non-fruitful talks with Arsenal.
Eddie Howe who is considered one of the brightest young English managers has long been considered a natural successor to Arsene Wenger, and got the better of Arsenal in the Premier League back in January winning 2-1. However, Bournemouth’s Eddie Howe is way back in the next Arsenal manager odds at 33/1 (34.0).