Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger still has two years left on his current deal, but that hasn’t stopped speculation over who could eventually replace him.
The Express looked at the favourites to succeed Arsène according to bookmakers, putting together a top-10 list.
10. Massimiliano Allegri
A popular choice with many of the ‘Wenger Out’ crowd, Allegri is last on this list, as the manager has committed his future to Juventus and signed a new deal until 2020.
9. Leonardo Jardim
The man who put together one of the most exciting young teams in world football at Monaco, Jardim was another popular choice to replace Wenger this summer. Now that his team has been dismantled, it remains to be seen how he’ll fare with the remnants and replacements.
8. Luis Enrique
Former Barcelona player and manager Luis Enrique is currently out of the job, but whether this will be the case in 2019 when Wenger’s current deal runs out is another matter.
7. Ronald Koeman
A man who has had some success in the Premier League on limited budgets, and who has done particularly well in head-to-heads against Wenger, Koeman could be another option. The Dutch manager will likely be judged on how he performs this season given the large amount Everton spent this summer.
6. Brendan Rogers
The next couple of options are a bit more bizarre, but are clearly bringing in some sort of money from punters to rank this highly on the list. Brendan Rogers has just completed an invincible season with Celtic, but had very limited success in England with Liverpool. He did impress with Swansea upon their initial promotion to the Premier League.
5. Rafa Benitez
Meanwhile, Benitez had some more success with Liverpool, winning the Champions League and FA Cup between 2004 and 2006, but then winning nothing for the next four years. Currently at Newcastle, the ex-Real Madrid boss is reportedly ‘open to offers’ from clubs.
4. Eddie Howe
Howe is considered an exciting young manager but so far has only had the chance to prove himself at Bournemouth, so Arsenal may be unwilling to take a big risk on him.
3. Diego Simeone
Simeone is another favourite choice of the folks who want Wenger gone, as he is seen as someone who could take the group of attacking players and provide them with the defensive stability to balance things out. He’s certainly done that at Atletico.
2. Thomas Tuchel
The young Dortmund coach has just one German Cup to his name in management so far but is turning heads. So far in two years with Borussia Dortmund, he has finished second and third in the league, made two cup finals, winning one, and reached the quarter finals of the Europa League and Champions League.
1. Patrick Vieira
The number one pick is former Arsenal midfielder Patrick Vieira. The ex-midfielder has some experience in the English game, managing the Manchester City reserves for a couple of years before becoming the head coach of MLS side New York City FC. As one of the only invincible era former Arsenal players currently in management, he’d probably be a popular choice with fans.