Ahead of this weekend’s FA Cup Final clash with Chelsea, former midfielder Emmanuel Petit had his say on who he’d like to win, what Arsenal need to do to challenge for honours once more and who should replace Wenger when he does eventually depart.
Petit was questioned about who he’d look to recruit if Wenger was to leave the club.
“Massimo Allegri and Diego Simeone would both be good and there are also rumours in France about the Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim, who is very highly-rated,” he stated.
“He has done well in the Champions League and in bringing through the young talent, whilst still winning titles. Allegri has set records at Juventus and I am a big fan of Simeone for what he has done at Atletico over the past four years but I really like Jardim as well. A lot of managers will come and be able to manage Arsenal, but I really want Arsene to stay.”
Jardim lead Monaco to their first Ligue 1 triumph since 2000 this season, prompting further suggestions that Europe’s elite are monitoring his situation in France.
Allegri has been linked with a Premier League move in recent seasons, but agreed a contract extension to remain at Juve until 2020, with an option for an additional year.
Simeone meanwhile, agreed a two-year contract reduction which is set to expire next summer. It’s been made clear that despite his comments at the time, the Argentine’s long-term future will not be at Atletico.
Among all of the Premier League’s top sides, Arsenal are the only one with a manager whose job security is increasingly vulnerable, so it’s likely that all three managers would have to assess their options before deciding their next move in future.