The Gunners may be on the lookout for a new manager come the summer, Arsene Wenger’s deal is set to expire at the end of the campaign and although there’s an offer on the table for the veteran Frenchman – much will depend on how the season ends.
There have been several names ushered for the Arsenal job should Wenger depart, Roberto Martinez is one (although after just one season with Everton it’s unlikely he’d leave) and another, perhaps the most exciting, is Jurgen Klopp.
The 46-year-old hipster Borussia Dortmund boss is the perfect candidate. He has transformed the Bundesliga side into a top club, competing at the highest level and has given Bayern Munich a real run for their money in recent seasons including a historic Champions League final. He’s also on the brink of securing qualification into Europe’s prestigious competition for the fourth consecutive season – the first time in the clubs history.
He’s proven his ability to be tactically astute, hungry for results and can develop players into world class stars. There’s no wonder he’s attracted interest from Arsenal but also Barcelona and Manchester United.
Over the weekend Klopp had dismissed suggestions he could leave Dortmund, and BVB director of communication Sascha Fligge has reiterated the clubs desire to hold onto the German.
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Fligge told ESPN FC:
Juergen Klopp already dismissed rumours linking him to Barcelona on our official homepage on Saturday.
We’ve already had this last year, but it’s final, even if some people don’t want to believe it.
Klopp extended his contract until 2018 last year, making him a difficult manager to lure away from Germany. He still has unfinished business with BVB and has brushed off any suggestions he could be in line to take up the now-vacant Manchester United post.
Klopp told The Guardian:
Man Utd is a great club and I feel very familiar with their wonderful fans, but my commitment to Borussia Dortmund and the people is not breakable.
The news will be a blow for Gooners who had hoped Klopp could be Wenger’s successor. Arsenal need a manager of his calibre and age with fresh ideas and a proven record.
It appears Wenger is still highly regarded by Arsenal’s hierarchy and he is more likely to remain then leave especially with a cup final in sight and being back in the driving seat for fourth place.
Of course everything could go sour and frustrate fans even further, a large basis of the Gunners faithful already feel Le Professeur is past it and does not have the ability to push the club forward next season. However it appears unlikely there will be many managers available this summer. Perhaps another contract for Wenger could tie us through to a move for Klopp in a couple years?
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