Arsene Wenger, after 22 years, will leave Arsenal, as the London club announced.
After the farewell announcement of the French coach, a list of possible replacements is commented in different medias, including three Spanish managers: Mikel Arteta, Luis Enrique and Rafa Benítez.
A few weeks ago, the “Telegraph” newspaper compiled a list of the most serious candidates that can sit on Wenger’s bench, in which the names of Luis Enrique were added after his break and after leaving Barcelona last season and also Rafa Benitez, who is currently on Newcastle’s bench.
Here are 9 candidates:
Mikel Arteta: Spaniard, who spent five years as Arsenal player (two of them as captain), is one of the mos serious candidates. He knows the club and maintains a good relationship with Raul Sanllehí, the new director of team sports. Ficharle will also hit Manchester City as Arteta currently serves as Pep Guardiola’s assistant.
Thierry Henry: The legend of Arsenal, who also works as a sports commentator, voluntarily on television, is seen as a favorite to train his former team. “It would be a dream,” said the Frenchman. However, he warned he still has a contract as an assistant with the national team of Belgium.
Carlo Ancelotti: After Bayern Munich, the Italian is still waiting for a good offer and Arsenal is interested, as the Daily Star explained a few days ago. According to the information, the parties have already been contacted.
Luis Enrique: He enjoys a good reputation after three seasons in Barcelona, in which he won 9 out of 13 possible titles. He is also recently mentioned for Chelsea’s bench as Conte’s replacement, also for PSG’s bench.
Rafa Benítez: He has a great respect in England after his success with Liverpool and good work with Newcastle. He may be ready to make another big step in the Premier League.
Leonardo Jardim: Monaco coach is another candidate, although he is linked to the French club by 2020 and the leaders do not plan to let him leave because of his excellent results during the last few seasons.
Joachim Löw: Of all the alternatives, the German coach seems more complicated, having won the last World Cup with Germany and does not seem to improve his position by going to England.
Brendan Rodgers: Former Liverpool coach will not stop at Celtic, but lack of competition in Scotland can lead him to new challenges, as might be the return to the Premier League.
Paulo Fonseca: It’s the most extravagant option. The Portuguese is currently training Shaktar Donetsk. The contract ends this summer, though he is awaiting renewal.