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As reported by The Daily Mirror, Arsenal have drawn up a four-man shortlist to replace Arsene Wenger should the legendary manager decide to leave the club this summer.
What’s the story?
Wenger is under fire this week after seeing Arsenal’s title challenge go off the rails last weekend at Stamford Bridge and should the furore result in him leaving the club, Arsenal will be ready for life after the Frenchman.
The Mirror reports that Gunners bosses don’t want Wenger to leave the club and are still hoping he signs a contract extension when his current deal runs out this summer.
With growing fears he could decide to walk away however, they’ve already put plans in motion to land his successor quickly.
Top of their list is said to be Borussia Dortmund boss Thomas Tuchel, but Max Allegri of Juventus, Roger Scmidt of Bayer Leverkusen and Leonardo Jardim are all also on their radar, according to the to the paper.
Is it time to go?
Wenger is undoubtedly an Arsenal legend, having won nine major honours since joining the club in 1996. However, over the last decade the club have hit a plateau and have failed to effectively challenge for the Premier League.
Year after year Arsenal fans find themselves frustrated as their challenge for trophies falls apart, for the most part. There has been the odd cup success but generally the feeling is that Arsenal should be achieving much more than they are.
There’s factors of course, a new stadium build and financial considerations among them, but perhaps a change is what is required to bring the Gunners back to where they want to be.
At the very least, exploring the reported shortlist makes perfect sense, especially if the decision to replace Wenger is taken out of Arsenal’s hands by the man himself. Getting caught short could lead to a turbulent season in his wake.