On Wednesday evening, links emerged amongst the media that Arsenal were lining up Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe to take over from Arsene Wenger at the end of next season.
With the Frenchman having just 12 months remaining on his current contract, a number of names have been thrown around as to who could take over the managerial reigns from the longest serving manager in the club’s history.
Having been linked to both the Arsenal and England job in the last couple of months and on the back of a fantastic season which saw Howe keep Bournemouth in the Premier League, many have expressed their delight over the news that he could become the Gunners’ next permanent manager.
But is he the man Arsenal should consider for the role?
Here are five alternative options.
Slaven Bilic (West Ham United)
Bilic has a footballing brain. West Ham supporters were happy with Sam Allardyce as manager because he stabilised them in the Premier League but he didn’t play the brand of football that made them happy.
So, they got Bilic in – and a shrewd move it proved. He made West Ham play some fantastic football while being tactically astute in their first season and has made them into the sort of team that others are scared to play against – a side that can genuinely put in a challenge on the top four.
Bilic isn’t just a ‘one trick pony’, he has had success from club level all the way up to managing Croatia at the 2008 European Championships, losing out in the quarter-finals to Turkey.
Joachim Low (Germany)
The Germany boss has a record that speaks for itself.
He has relationships with players that speak for themselves.
Low is amongst the best managers in the world and is a World Cup winner, is young enough to take the Arsenal job and stay in it for the long-term and would be able to get the best out of the likes of Mesut Ozil and Serge Gnabry.
He seems the natural successor to Arsene.
Diego Simeone (Atletico Madrid)
Simeone has recently expressed a genuine interest in managing a Premier League side and while he recently signed a new, long-term deal with Atletico, Arsenal could certainly convince him to manage them.
While he would introduce a completely different brand of football, he’s quite clearly a fantastic manager and has achieved amazing things during his time in charge of the club – winning La Liga and taking his side to two UEFA Champions League finals in two seasons.
Thomas Tuchel (Borussia Dortmund)
The 42-year-old has been hugely impressive during his time at Dortmund and despite losing some of his best players, he has managed to replace them fantastically and has got the best out of the likes of Julian Weigl, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
What is so impressive about Tuchel is his ruthlessness in the transfer window – if a player wants to leave, they can leave. He just makes sure they’re replaced immediately, the German doesn’t allow his players to have any sort of mindset other than they are going to give their all for Dortmund.
Tuchel is a boss who doesn’t shy away from the tactical side of things and has shown that he can develop players to be their best and most effective.
Steve Bould (Arsenal)
Bould, on the Betfair mobile app, appears to be amongst the leading favourites to become Arsenal manager after Wenger leaves and that’s because he has been his assistant manager for quite a while now.
He seems to be a man with a lot of passion and understanding of the game, having featured in arguably the club’s greatest ever defence alongside Tony Adams.
The experienced Arsenal legend is just 53-years-old, understands the club better than anyone and has already established relationships with players, staff and everyone involved with the north London side.
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