Next Arsenal Manager: Odds suggest substance to Eddie Howe links

Eddie Howe has achieved three promotions during his time as Bournemouth manager

Eddie Howe leads the likes of Joachim Low and Patrick Vieira as the frontrunner to be next Arsenal boss...

"The Cherries boss is the 8/1 favourite to be Wenger’s successor, in front of the likes of Joachim Low (10/1), Roberto Mancini (12/1), Frank de Boer (14/1) and Arsenal legends Dennis Bergkamp and Patrick Vieira (16/1)."

The past week has been a rarity: an international break where the football has been the main source of intrigue, owing to fascination over what a Sam Allardyce England side would like that and whether the likes of Wales and Northern Ireland could build on their excellent Euro 2016 showings.

However, there were still countless newspaper pages to fill and one of the main club topics to command column inches was the prospect of Eddie Howe moving to Arsenal if Arsene Wenger doesn't renew his contract at the end of the season.

It was first speculated over after Jack Wilshere's deadline-day loan move to Bournemouth, with Daily Mirror journalist and Gunners fan John Cross interpreting it as a chance for the 38-year-old to flaunt his ability to work with elite players by managing an England international back to top form.

After sliding down the news agenda again over the weekend to allow the Home Nations to do their thing, The Sun revived the idea on Wednesday by claiming in their back-page story that "the highly-regarded Bournemouth chief's name is being discussed in the corridors of power at the Emirates".

The odds hint that there is more to the link than mere tabloid tittle-tattle, with the Cherries boss the 8/1 favourite to be Wenger's successor, in front of the likes of Joachim Low (10/1), Roberto Mancini (12/1), Frank de Boer (14/1) and Arsenal legends Dennis Bergkamp and Patrick Vieira (16/1).

The job that Howe has done on the south coast is unquestionably outstanding, taking charge in 2009 as a 31-year-old novice and guiding them from 21st in League Two to 16th in the Premier League in seven years, despite taking 21 months off - during which they dipped - midway through the ascent.

Whether it is enough to earn him one of the five most prestigious jobs in the Premier League is debatable though, especially when those sides have the resources and allure to recruit any coach on the planet, as the recent arrivals of Pep Guardiola, Antonio Conte and Jurgen Klopp highlight.

There have been several occasions this decade where those teams have prioritised growing the domestic game over hiring one of the proven best managers in the business - Liverpool with Roy Hodgson and Brendan Rodgers, Manchester United with David Moyes - and it has proven shortlived.

Additionally, similar to how Klopp was being projected as an upgrade on Wenger two seasons ago despite the Frenchman being in the top four while Borussia Dortmund briefly flirted with relegation, Bournemouth haven't started 2016/17 too smoothly, collecting a single point thus far.

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