Arsenal unveil new manager plan, appointment is imminent
By Richard Parks
Arsenal will look to swiftly appoint a new manager after Arsene Wenger revealed he is to leave the club at the end of the season.
The Frenchman departs a year before his latest contract was due to expire with the club placed sixth in the league and set to miss out on a top-four spot for the second straight season, with their hopes of reaching the Champions League resting on winning the Europa League.
Wenger, 68, has won three Premier League titles and seven FA Cups, including the Double in 1998 and 2002 during his 22-year reign.
Arsenal announced in a statement on their official website that Wenger will stay on until the end of the season but the process of finding a replacement is underway.
Among those who have been touted for the job are Juventus manager Max Allegri, former Borussia Dortmund boss Thomas Tuchel, ex-Barcelona manager Luis Enrique and club legend Patrick Vieira, who currently manages New York City.
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Football Insider verdict:
There is no obvious successor to Wenger, either inside or out of Arsenal, although it would be a shock if the club do not appoint someone with experience at an elite club in one of Europe’s major leagues. There have been reports in Germany, denied by Arsenal, that Tuchel has already signed a pre-contract agreement, while Allegri has his supporters after indicating he is keen to manage in England next season following his great success in Italy. Whoever gets the job has a major rebuilding job on their hands as the squad looks short of genuine quality in a number of positions.