Germany’s Joachim Low is reportedly the favourite to replace Arsene Wenger according to a Rob Draper exclusive in the Mail on Sunday.
Low is under contract with the German FA for another two years and will lead their national side in Russia this summer as they defend the World Cup they won back in 2014.
That, of course, makes this a complicated move.
The World Cup does not end until 15 July and it’s safe to assume Germany will be there until the latter stages of the competition. The Premier League gets underway less than four weeks later leaving Low little time to get acquainted with his new squad and even less time to buy players with the window shutting on 9 August for incomings.
The appointment of Low, or the removal of Arsene Wenger is, however, far from a certainty this summer with Stan Kroenke the man who will ultimately have to ask the Frenchman to leave.
Wenger is still showing no signs that he is ready to walk away.
In fact, he still feels like he can turn things around, despite all evidence to the contrary over recent seasons.
Is Joachim Low the right man for the job?
by Dan Critchlow
For the last 12 years, Low has been in charge of the German national team. The team have had a lot of success during that period, most notably winning the World Cup in 2014.
They also won the Confederations Cup in 2017, as well as finishing as runners up in the European Championship in 2008.
Their third-placed finishes in the World Cup and European Championships in 2010, 2012 and 2016 mean the country have finished in the top-three at the last five major international tournaments.
The main concern is that the 58-year-old would struggle to adapt to club management.
His last job as a club coach ended in 2004, and a massive amount has changed since then.
Plus, he was managing the likes of Austria Wien, Fenerbahce and VfB Stuttgart in those days. Not exactly the top teams in Europe.
Nonetheless, if Low can transfer his international success to Arsenal, he’d make a great appointment.