Premier League: Five managers Arsenal need to be looking at

Arsene Wenger is 28/1 to be the next Premier League manager to leave.  If it happens, who should replace him?
Arsene Wenger is 28/1 to be the next Premier League manager to leave his post. If it happens, who should replace him?

With Arsene Wenger 'speechless', Gooners dumbfounded, and Arsenal 15 points adrift off the title race, has the time come for Le Professeur to depart north London? Stephen Tudor looks at the five best alternatives to herald in a new era at the Emirates...

"His achievements at Atletico Madrid in such a short time have been mind-blowing and it is inconceivable that Arsenal's weak belly would not at least be turned into a six-pack with Diego at the helm."

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Roberto Martinez (12/1)

A sensible fit for a club that likes to do things a certain way. The likeable Spaniard is erudite, preaches passing, attractive football, and conducts himself impeccably at all times.

Evertonians may bridle at the suggestion but Arsenal represent a further step up the managerial ladder and it's one Martinez has earned.

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Jurgen Klopp (4/1)

The fans' choice but the bearded German has seen his stock dip in recent months with Dortmund's alarming plummet down the Bundesliga creating doubt in the minds of his British legion of Kloppites. Even so his track record of forging a talented group of players all willing to work their socks off for the cause is a desirable prospect for Gooners who are tired of seeing their attacking brilliance undone by fragility.

Better yet the 47-year-old has recently showed a bit of leg to his queue of admirers - that includes Liverpool - by stating England is his preferred next port of call.

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Diego Simeone (16/1)

Half miracle worker, half lunatic, Simeone would certainly provide Jose Mourinho with stiffer competition in the war of words that has developed between Arsenal and Chelsea in recent years. Try calling him a voyeur Jose, we dare you.

The Argentine may be the storm to Wenger's calm but we shouldn't let his touchline passion detract from his unerring ability to make good players great and great players graft. His achievements at Atletico Madrid in such a short time have been mind-blowing and it is inconceivable that Arsenal's weak belly would not at least be turned into a six-pack with Diego at the helm.

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Patrick Vieira (50/1)

A thoughtful, highly-respected candidate well-versed in the 'Arsenal way' the Big V has quietly impressed in his coaching role with Manchester City's Elite Development Squad.

Vieira has recently expressed frustration at the glass ceiling for management opportunities at City and, while it's probably wiser for him to seek out a lower league club to earn his coaching stripes, picture this scenario - Wenger takes a role 'upstairs' and mentors his former leader of the Invincibles. Excited much Gooners?

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Garry Monk (50/1)

The Arsenal board aren't exactly known to be knee-jerk in their decision making so it's unlikely they'll plump for a 'flavour of the month' gaffer. Even so Monk has widely impressed at Swansea since taking over from Michael Laudrup, a seamless transition that has seen the Welsh side continue with their vibrant, stylish brand of football and even threaten a European spot.

Should Monk achieve the impossible and snag a Europa place consider him a firm favourite for the Emirates. Wenger, after all, has been kept in employment for squeezing into Europe for the past 10 years.

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What do you think? Do you agree with Stephen that one of the five people mentioned here would make a good Arsenal manager should Wenger be shown the door? Let us know by commenting below or tweeting @Betfair


Next Arsenal Manager Odds

Jurgen Klopp 4/1
Paul Clement 10/1
Roberto Martinez 12/1
Ronald Koeman 12/1
Dennis Bergkamp 16/1
Diego Simeone 16/1
Pep Guardiola 16/1
Roberto Mancini 16/1
Steve Bould 16/1
Dragan Stojkovic 20/1
Frank de Boer 20/1
Michael Laudrup 20/1
Remi Garde 20/1


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