Brazil soccer star Neymar

World-class soccer player Neymar leads the Brazil team at the Olympics.

The French champions have maintained that the star Brazilian will stay, but Nasser Al-Khelaifi's latest comments suggest a move could happen
'Nobody is bigger than the club' - PSG president fuels Neymar transfer speculation
The French champions have maintained that the star Brazilian will stay, but Nasser Al-Khelaifi's latest comments suggest a move could happen
The prospect of the Brazilian moving to the Spanish capital suggests transfer fees will continue to rise, but Bayern are not worried about the trend
'Real Madrid can buy Neymar' - Salihamidzic warns Bayern won't be doing 'crazy' transfers
The prospect of the Brazilian moving to the Spanish capital suggests transfer fees will continue to rise, but Bayern are not worried about the trend
The teenager has enjoyed a sparkling season at the Ligue 1 champions, and will hope to thrive at the World Cup in Russia this summer
'He can be number one' - Henry & Neymar laud PSG wonderkid Mbappe
The teenager has enjoyed a sparkling season at the Ligue 1 champions, and will hope to thrive at the World Cup in Russia this summer
The Brazil star has been linked with a sensational return to Spain, but matches against Villarreal and Liverpool are Zidane's only concerns right now
Zidane: I'll talk about Neymar-Real Madrid reports after the Champions League final
The Brazil star has been linked with a sensational return to Spain, but matches against Villarreal and Liverpool are Zidane's only concerns right now
Zinedine Zidane wants to finish Real Madrid's season before he starts speaking in concrete terms about the possible signing of Neymar.
Zidane: I'll talk about Neymar in 10 days
Zinedine Zidane wants to finish Real Madrid's season before he starts speaking in concrete terms about the possible signing of Neymar.
Barcelona director Javier Bordas says he is not concerned about the prospect of PSG star Neymar signing for Real Madrid.
Neymar regrets PSG move, Barcelona director Bordas claims
Barcelona director Javier Bordas says he is not concerned about the prospect of PSG star Neymar signing for Real Madrid.
Each of the 31 qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup, plus the hosts, have named their provisional 35-man squads for the tournament in Russia and now have until June 4 to cull the numbers down to 23. Some, like England and Brazil, have already named their final 23-man squads. Those who do not make the cut are placed on standby in case they are needed to replace any injured players. Replacements can be made at any point until 24 hours before each team's first World Cup game. Here is what we know so far about each squad: Group A Egypt 29-man preliminary squad: Essam El Hadary, Mohamed El-Shennawy, Sherif Ekramy, Mohamed Awad; Ahmed Fathi, Saad Samir, Ayman Ashraf, Mahmoud Hamdy, Mohamed Abdel-Shafy, Ahmed Hegazi and Ali Gabr, Ahmed Elmohamady, Karim Hafez, Omar Gaber, Amro Tarek; Tarek Hamed, Mahmoud Abdel Aziz, Shikabala, Abdallah Said, Sam Morsy, Mohamed Elneny, Kahraba, Ramadan Sobhi, Trezeguet, Amr Warda; Marwan Mohsen, Ahmed Gomaa, Kouka, Mohamed Salah Russia 28-man preliminary squad: Igor Akinfeev, Vladimir Gabulov, Soslan Dzhanaev, Andrey Lunev; Vladimir Granat, Sergei Ignashevich, Fedor Kudryashov, Ilya Kutepov, Roman Neustadter, Konstantin Rausch, Andrey Semenov, Igor Smolnikov, Mario Fernandes; Yuri Gazinskiy, Alexsandr Golovin, Alan Dzagoev, Alexsandr Erokhin, Yuri Zhirkov, Daler Kuzyaev , Roman Zobnin, Alexsandr Samedov, Anton Miranchuk, Alexsandr Tashaev, Denis Cheryshev; Artem Dzyuba, Aleksey Miranchuk, Fedor Smolov, Fedor Chalov. Saudi Arabia TBC Uruguay 26-man preliminary squad: Fernando Muslera, Martin Silva, Martin Campana, Diego Godin, Sebastian Coates, Jose Maria Gimenez, Maximiliano Pereira, Gaston Silva, Martin Caceres, Guillermo Varela, Nahitan Nandez, Lucas Torreira, Matias Vecino, Federico Valverde, Rodrigo Bentancur, Carlos Sanchez, Giorgian De Arrascaeta, Diego Laxalt, Cristian Rodriguez, Jonathan Urretaviscaya, Nicolas Lodeiro, Gaston Ramirez, Cristhian Stuani, Maximiliano Gomez, Edinson Cavani, Luis Suarez World Cup predictor Group B Iran 35-man preliminary squad: Alireza Beiranvand, Seyed Hossein Hosseini, Rashid Mazaheri, Amir Abedzadeh; Ramin Rezaeian, Voria Ghafouri, Steven Beitashour, Seyed Jalal Hosseini, Mohammad Reza Khanzadeh, Morteza Pouraliganji, Mohammad Ansari, Pejman Montazeri, Seyed Majid Hosseini, Milad Mohammadi, Omid Norafkan, Saeid AGhaei, Roozbeh Cheshmi; Saeid Ezatolahi, Masoud Shojaei, Ahmad Abdolahzadeh, Saman Ghoddos, Mahdi Torabi, Ashkan Dejagah, Omid Ebrahimi, Ehsan Hajsafi, Ali Karimi, Soroush Rafiei, Ali Gholizadeh, Vahid Amiri; Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Karim Ansarifard, Mahdi Taremi, Sardar Azmoun, Reza Ghoochannejhad, Kaveh Rezaei Morocco 23-man final squad: Yassine Bounou, Mounir El Kajoui, Ahmad Reda Tagnaouti, Badr Banoun, Mehdi Benatia, Manuel da Costa, Nabil Dirar, Achraf Hakimi, Hamza Mendyl, Romain Saiss, Youssef Ait-Bennasser, Sofyan Amrabat, Nordin Amrabat, Younes Belhanda, Mbark Boussoufa, Karim El Ahmadi, Faycal Fajr, Amine Harit, Hakim Ziyech, Aziz Bouhaddouz, Khalid Boutaib, Mehdi Carcela, Ayoub El Kaabi Portugal 23-man final squad: Anthony Lopes, Beto, Rui Patricio, Bruno Alves, Cedric Soares, Jose Fonte, Mario Rui, Pepe, Raphael Guerreiro, Ricardo Pereira, Ruben Dias, Adrien Silva, Bruno Fernandes, Joao Mario, Joao Moutinho, Manuel Fernandes, William Carvalho, Andre Silva, Bernardo Silva, Cristiano Ronaldo, Gelson Martins, Goncalo Guedes, Ricardo Quaresma Spain Squad to be announced on May 21. Group C Australia 26-man preliminary squad: Brad Jones, Mat Ryan, Danny Vukovic; Aziz Behich, Milos Degenek, Matthew Jurman, Fran Karacic, James Meredith, Josh Risdon, Trent Sainsbury; Josh Brillante, Jackson Irvine, Mile Jedinak, Robbie Kruse, Massimo Luongo, Mark Milligan, Aaron Mooy, Tom Rogic, James Troisi; Daniel Arzani, Tim Cahill, Tomi Juric, Mathew Leckie, Andrew Nabbout, Dimitri Petratos, Nikita Rukavytsya Denmark 35-man preliminary squad: Kasper Schmeichel, Jonas Lossl, Frederik Ronow, Jesper Hansen; Simon Kjaer, Andreas Christensen, Mathias Jorgensen, Jannik Vestergaard, Andreas Bjelland, Henrik Dalsgaard, Peter Ankersen, Jens Stryger, Riza Durmisi, Jonas Knudsen, Nicolai Boilesen; William Kvist, Thomas Delaney, Lukas Lerager , Lasse Schone, Mike Jensen, Christian Eriksen, Daniel Wass, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Mathias Jensen, Michael Krohn-Dehli, Robert Skov; Pione Sisto , Martin Braithwaite, Andreas Cornelius, Viktor Fischer, Yussuf Poulsen, Nicolai Jorgensen, Nicklas Bendtner, Kasper Dolberg, Kenneth Zohore World Cup 2018 stadiums France 23-man final squad: Alphonse Areola, Hugo Lloris, Steve Mandanda, Lucas Hernandez, Presnel Kimpembe, Benjamin Mendy, Benjamin Pavard, Adil Rami, Djibril Sidibe, Samuel Umtiti, Raphael Varane, N'Golo Kante, Blaise Matuidi, Steven N'Zonzi, Paul Pogba, Corentin Tolisso, Ousmane Dembele, Nabil Fekir, Olivier Giroud, Antoine Griezmann, Thomas Lemar, Kylian Mbappe, Florian Thauvin Peru 24-man preliminary squad: Carlos Caceda, Jose Carvallo, Pedro Gallese, Luis Abram, Luis Advincula, Pedro Aquino, Miguel Araujo, Andre Carrillo, Wilder Cartagena, Aldo Corzo, Christian Cueva, Jefferson Farfan, Edison Flores, Paolo Hurtado, Nilson Loyola, Sergio Pena, Andy Polo, Christian Ramos, Alberto Rodriguez, Raul Ruidiaz, Anderson Santamaria, Renato Tapia, Miguel Trauco, Yoshimar Yotun Group D Argentina 35-man preliminary squad: Sergio Romero, Nahuel Guzman, Willy Caballero, Franco Armani; Gabriel Mercado, Nicolas Otamendi, Federico Fazio, Nicolas Tagliafico, Marcos Rojo, Marcos Acuna, Ramiro Funes Mori, Cristian Ansaldi, Eduardo Salvio, German Pezzella; Javier Mascherano, Angel Di Maria, Ever Banega, Lucas Biglia, Manuel Lanzini, Gio Lo Celso, Ricardo Centurion, Guido Pizarro, Leandro Paredes, Maximiliano Meza, Enzo Perez, Pablo Perez, Rodrigo Battaglia; Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero, Gonzalo Higuain, Paulo Dybala, Mauro Icardi Cristian Pavon, Lautaro Martinez, Diego Perotti World Cup Russian host cities you've never heard of Croatia 32-man preliminary squad: Danijel Subasic, Lovre Kalinic, Dominik Livakovic, Karlo Letica; Vedran Corluka, Domagoj Vida, Ivan Strinic, Dejan Lovren, Sime Vrsaljko, Josip Pivaric, Tin Jedvaj, Matej Mitrovic, Borna Barisic, Zoran Nizic, Duje Caleta-Car, Borna Sosa; Luka Modric, Ivan Rakitic, Mateo Kovacic, Milan Badelj, Marcelo Brozovic, Marko Rog, Mario Pasalic, Filip Bradaric; Mario Mandzukic, Ivan Perisic, Nikola Kalinic, Andrej Kramaric, Marko Pjaca, Ante Rebic, Duje Cop, Ivan Santini Iceland 23-man preliminary squad: Hannes Thor Halldorsson, Runar Alex Runarsson, Frederik Schram; Kari Arnason, Ari Freyr Skulason, Birkir Mar Saevarsson, Sverrir Ingi Ingason, Hordur Magnusson, Holmar Orn Eyjolfsson, Ragnar Sigurdsson; Johann Berg Gudmundsson, Birkir Bjarnason, Arnor Ingvi Traustason, Emil Hallfredsson, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Olafur Ingi Skulason, Rurik Gislason, Samuel Fridjonsson, Aron Gunnarsson; Alfred Finnbogason, Bjorn Bergmann Sigurdarson, Jon Dadi Bodvarsson, Albert Gudmundsson Nigeria 30-man preliminary squad: Ikechukwu Ezenwa, Daniel Akpeyi, Francis Uzoho, Dele Ajiboye; William Troost-Ekong, Leon Balogun, Olaoluwa Aina, Kenneth Omeruo, Bryan Idowu, Chidozie Awaziem, Abdullahi Shehu, Elderson Echiejile, Tyronne Ebuehi, Stephen Eze, John Obi Mikel, Ogenyi Onazi, John Ogu, Wilfred Ndidi, Uche Agbo, Oghenekaro Etebo, Joel Obi; Mikel Agu; Odion Ighalo, Ahmed Musa, Victor Moses, Alex Iwobi, Kelechi Iheanacho, Moses Simon, Junior Lokosa, Simeon Nwankwo Group E Brazil 23-man final squad: Alisson, Ederson, Cassio; Danilo, Fagner, Marcelo, Filipe Luis, Thiago Silva, Marquinhos, Miranda, Pedro Geromel; Casemiro, Fernandinho, Paulinho, Fred, Renato Augusto, Philippe Coutinho, Willian, Douglas Costa; Neymar, Taison, Gabriel Jesus, Roberto Firmino Costa Rica 23-man final squad: Keylor Navas, Patrick Pemberton, Leonel Moreira, Cristian Gamboa, Ian Smith, Ronald Matarrita, Bryan Oviedo, Oscar Duarte, Giancarlo Gonzalez, Francisco Calvo, Kendall Waston, Johnny Acosta, David Guzman, Yeltsin Tejeda, Celso Borges, Randall Azofeifa, Rodney Wallace, Bryan Ruiz, Daniel Colindres, Christian Bolanos, Johan Venegas, Joel Campbell, Marco Urena. Switzerland TBC Serbia TBC Group F Germany 27-man preliminary squad: Bernd Leno, Manuel Neuer, Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Kevin Trapp, Jerome Boateng, Matthias Ginter, Jonas Hector, Mats Hummels, Joshua Kimmich, Marvin Plattenhardt, Antonio Rudiger, Niklas Sule, Jonathan Tah, Julian Brandt, Julian Draxler, Mario Gomez, Leon Goretzka, Ilkay Gundogan, Sami Khedira, Toni Kroos, Thomas Muller, Mesut Ozil, Nils Petersen, Marco Reus, Sebastian Rudy, Leroy Sane, Timo Werner. Mexico 28-man preliminary squad: Guillermo Ochoa, Jesus Corona, Alfredo Talavera; Diego Reyes, Héctor Moreno, Miguel Layún, Carlos Salcedo, Edson Álvarez, Néstor Araujo, Jesús Gallardo, Hugo Ayala, Rafael Márquez; Jonathan dos Santos, Andrés Guardado, Héctor Herrera, Marco Fabián, Javier Aquino, Jonathan González, Jesús Molina y Erick Gutiérrez; Tecatito Corona, Hirving Lozano, Chicharito Hernández, Raúl Jiménez, Carlos Vela, Javier Aquino, Jurgen Damm, Giovani dos Santos South Korea 28-man preliminary squad: Kim Seunggyu, Kim Jinhyeon, Cho Hyeonwoo, Kim Younggwon, Jang Hyunsoo, Jeong Seunghyeon, Yun Yeongseon, Kwon Kyungwon, Oh Bansuk, Kim Jinsu, Kim Minwoo, Park Jooho, Hong Chul, Go Yohan, Lee Yong, Ki Sungyueng, Jeong Wooyoung, Kwon Changhoon, Ju Sejong, Koo Jacheol, Lee Jaesung, Lee Seungwoo, Moon Sunmin, Lee Chungyong, Kim Shinwook, Son Heungmin, Hwang Heechan, Lee Keunho Sweden 23-man final squad: Robin Olsen, Karl-Johan Johnsson, Kristoffer Nordfeldt, Mikael Lustig, Victor Lindelof, Andreas Granqvist, Martin Olsson, Ludwig Augustinsson, Filip Helander, Emil Krafth, Pontus Jansson, Sebastian Larsson, Albin Ekdal, Emil Forsberg, Gustav Svensson, Oscar Hiljemark, Viktor Claesson, Marcus Rohden, Jimmy Durmaz, Marcus Berg, John Guidetti, Ola Toivonen, Isaac Kiese Thelin Group G Belgium Squad to be announced on May 21. England 23-man final squad: Jack Butland, Nick Pope, Jordan Pickford; Fabian Delph, Danny Rose, Eric Dier, Kyle Walker, Kieran Trippier, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Harry Maguire, John Stones, Phil Jones, Gary Cahill; Jordan Henderson, Jesse Lingard, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Ashley Young, Dele Alli, Raheem Sterling; Harry Kane, Jamie Vardy, Marcus Rashford, Danny Welbeck Panama 35-man preliminary squad: Jose Calderon, Jaime Penedo, Alex Rodríguez; Azmahar Ariano, Felipe Baloy, Harold Cummings, Eric Davis, Fidel Escobar, Adolfo Machado, Michael Murillo, Luis Ovalle, Francisco Palacios, Richard Peralta, Roman Torres; Ricardo Avila, Edgar Barcenas, Ricardo Buitrago, Miguel Camargo, Adalberto Carrasquilla, Armando Cooper, Anibal Godoy, Gabriel Gomez, Jose Gonzalez, Cristian Martinez, Valentin Pimentel, Alberto Quintero, Jose Luis Rodriguez; Abdiel Arroyo, Rolando Blackburn, Ismael Diaz, Jose Fajardo, Roberto Nurse, Blas Perez, Luis Tejada, Gabriel Torres Tunisia 29-man preliminary squad: Aymen Mathlouthi, Mouez Hassen, Farouk Ben Mustapha, Moez Ben Cherifia, Syam Ben Youssef, Yohan Benalouane, Yassine Meriah, Bilel Mohsni, Hamdi Nagguez, Ali Maaloul, Khalil Chemmam, Oussema Haddadi, Dylan Bronn, Ellyes Skhiri, Ferjani Sassi, Karim Laribi, Ahmed Khalil, Mohamed Amine Ben Amor, Ghailene Chaalali, Mohamed Larbi, Anice Bardi, Saif-Eddine Khaoui, Saber Khalifa, Naim Sliti, Fakhreddine Ben Youssef, Whabi Khazri, Bassem Srarfi, Ahmed Akaichi Group H Colombia 35-man preliminary squad: David Ospina, Camilo Vargas, Ivan Arboleda, Jose Fernando Cuadrado; Cristian Zapata, Davinson Sanchez, Santiago Arias, Oscar Murillo, Frank Fabra, Johan Mojica, Yerry Mina, William Tesillo, Bernardo Espinosa, Stefan Medina, Farid Diaz; Wilmar Barrios, Carlos Sanchez, Jefferson Lerma, Jose Izquierdo, James Rodriguez, Giovanni Moreno, Abel Aguilar, Mateus Uribe, Yimmi Chara, Juan Fernando Quintero, Edwin Cardona, Juan Guillermo Cuadrado, Gustavo Cuellar, Sebastian Perez; Radamel Falcao Garcia, Duvan Zapata, Miguel Borja, Carlos Bacca, Luis Fernando Muriel, Teofilo Gutierrez Japan Squad to be announced on May 31. World Cup 2018 venues Poland 35-man preliminary squad: Bartosz Bialkowski, Lukasz Fabianski, Lukasz Skorupski, Wojciech Szczesny; Jan Bednarek, Bartosz Bereszynski, Thiago Cionek, Kamil Glik, Artur Jedrzejczyk, Marcin Kaminski, Tomasz Kedziora, Michal Pazdan, Lukasz Piszczek; Jakub Blaszczykowski, Pawel Dawidowicz, Przemyslaw Frankowski, Jacek Goralski, Maciej Rybus, Sebastian Szymanski, Piotr Zielinski, Szymon Zurkowski; Dawid Kownacki, Robert Lewandowski, Arkadiusz Milik, Krzysztof Piatek, Lukasz Teodorczyk, Kamil Wilczek Senegal 23-man final squad: Abdoulaye Diallo, Khadim Ndiaye, Alfred Gomis, Lamine Gassama, Moussa Wague, Saliou Ciss, Youssouf Sabaly, Kalidou Kalidou, Salif Sane, Cheikhou Kouyate, Kara Mbodji, Idrisa Gana Gueye, Cheikh Ndoye, Alfred Ndiaye, Pape Alioune Ndiaye, Moussa Sow, Moussa Konate, Diafra Sakho, Sadio Mane, Ismaila Sarr, Mame Biram Diouf, Mbaye Niang, Diao Keita Balde
World Cup 2018 squad guide: Latest group news and updates
Each of the 31 qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup, plus the hosts, have named their provisional 35-man squads for the tournament in Russia and now have until June 4 to cull the numbers down to 23. Some, like England and Brazil, have already named their final 23-man squads. Those who do not make the cut are placed on standby in case they are needed to replace any injured players. Replacements can be made at any point until 24 hours before each team's first World Cup game. Here is what we know so far about each squad: Group A Egypt 29-man preliminary squad: Essam El Hadary, Mohamed El-Shennawy, Sherif Ekramy, Mohamed Awad; Ahmed Fathi, Saad Samir, Ayman Ashraf, Mahmoud Hamdy, Mohamed Abdel-Shafy, Ahmed Hegazi and Ali Gabr, Ahmed Elmohamady, Karim Hafez, Omar Gaber, Amro Tarek; Tarek Hamed, Mahmoud Abdel Aziz, Shikabala, Abdallah Said, Sam Morsy, Mohamed Elneny, Kahraba, Ramadan Sobhi, Trezeguet, Amr Warda; Marwan Mohsen, Ahmed Gomaa, Kouka, Mohamed Salah Russia 28-man preliminary squad: Igor Akinfeev, Vladimir Gabulov, Soslan Dzhanaev, Andrey Lunev; Vladimir Granat, Sergei Ignashevich, Fedor Kudryashov, Ilya Kutepov, Roman Neustadter, Konstantin Rausch, Andrey Semenov, Igor Smolnikov, Mario Fernandes; Yuri Gazinskiy, Alexsandr Golovin, Alan Dzagoev, Alexsandr Erokhin, Yuri Zhirkov, Daler Kuzyaev , Roman Zobnin, Alexsandr Samedov, Anton Miranchuk, Alexsandr Tashaev, Denis Cheryshev; Artem Dzyuba, Aleksey Miranchuk, Fedor Smolov, Fedor Chalov. Saudi Arabia TBC Uruguay 26-man preliminary squad: Fernando Muslera, Martin Silva, Martin Campana, Diego Godin, Sebastian Coates, Jose Maria Gimenez, Maximiliano Pereira, Gaston Silva, Martin Caceres, Guillermo Varela, Nahitan Nandez, Lucas Torreira, Matias Vecino, Federico Valverde, Rodrigo Bentancur, Carlos Sanchez, Giorgian De Arrascaeta, Diego Laxalt, Cristian Rodriguez, Jonathan Urretaviscaya, Nicolas Lodeiro, Gaston Ramirez, Cristhian Stuani, Maximiliano Gomez, Edinson Cavani, Luis Suarez World Cup predictor Group B Iran 35-man preliminary squad: Alireza Beiranvand, Seyed Hossein Hosseini, Rashid Mazaheri, Amir Abedzadeh; Ramin Rezaeian, Voria Ghafouri, Steven Beitashour, Seyed Jalal Hosseini, Mohammad Reza Khanzadeh, Morteza Pouraliganji, Mohammad Ansari, Pejman Montazeri, Seyed Majid Hosseini, Milad Mohammadi, Omid Norafkan, Saeid AGhaei, Roozbeh Cheshmi; Saeid Ezatolahi, Masoud Shojaei, Ahmad Abdolahzadeh, Saman Ghoddos, Mahdi Torabi, Ashkan Dejagah, Omid Ebrahimi, Ehsan Hajsafi, Ali Karimi, Soroush Rafiei, Ali Gholizadeh, Vahid Amiri; Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Karim Ansarifard, Mahdi Taremi, Sardar Azmoun, Reza Ghoochannejhad, Kaveh Rezaei Morocco 23-man final squad: Yassine Bounou, Mounir El Kajoui, Ahmad Reda Tagnaouti, Badr Banoun, Mehdi Benatia, Manuel da Costa, Nabil Dirar, Achraf Hakimi, Hamza Mendyl, Romain Saiss, Youssef Ait-Bennasser, Sofyan Amrabat, Nordin Amrabat, Younes Belhanda, Mbark Boussoufa, Karim El Ahmadi, Faycal Fajr, Amine Harit, Hakim Ziyech, Aziz Bouhaddouz, Khalid Boutaib, Mehdi Carcela, Ayoub El Kaabi Portugal 23-man final squad: Anthony Lopes, Beto, Rui Patricio, Bruno Alves, Cedric Soares, Jose Fonte, Mario Rui, Pepe, Raphael Guerreiro, Ricardo Pereira, Ruben Dias, Adrien Silva, Bruno Fernandes, Joao Mario, Joao Moutinho, Manuel Fernandes, William Carvalho, Andre Silva, Bernardo Silva, Cristiano Ronaldo, Gelson Martins, Goncalo Guedes, Ricardo Quaresma Spain Squad to be announced on May 21. Group C Australia 26-man preliminary squad: Brad Jones, Mat Ryan, Danny Vukovic; Aziz Behich, Milos Degenek, Matthew Jurman, Fran Karacic, James Meredith, Josh Risdon, Trent Sainsbury; Josh Brillante, Jackson Irvine, Mile Jedinak, Robbie Kruse, Massimo Luongo, Mark Milligan, Aaron Mooy, Tom Rogic, James Troisi; Daniel Arzani, Tim Cahill, Tomi Juric, Mathew Leckie, Andrew Nabbout, Dimitri Petratos, Nikita Rukavytsya Denmark 35-man preliminary squad: Kasper Schmeichel, Jonas Lossl, Frederik Ronow, Jesper Hansen; Simon Kjaer, Andreas Christensen, Mathias Jorgensen, Jannik Vestergaard, Andreas Bjelland, Henrik Dalsgaard, Peter Ankersen, Jens Stryger, Riza Durmisi, Jonas Knudsen, Nicolai Boilesen; William Kvist, Thomas Delaney, Lukas Lerager , Lasse Schone, Mike Jensen, Christian Eriksen, Daniel Wass, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Mathias Jensen, Michael Krohn-Dehli, Robert Skov; Pione Sisto , Martin Braithwaite, Andreas Cornelius, Viktor Fischer, Yussuf Poulsen, Nicolai Jorgensen, Nicklas Bendtner, Kasper Dolberg, Kenneth Zohore World Cup 2018 stadiums France 23-man final squad: Alphonse Areola, Hugo Lloris, Steve Mandanda, Lucas Hernandez, Presnel Kimpembe, Benjamin Mendy, Benjamin Pavard, Adil Rami, Djibril Sidibe, Samuel Umtiti, Raphael Varane, N'Golo Kante, Blaise Matuidi, Steven N'Zonzi, Paul Pogba, Corentin Tolisso, Ousmane Dembele, Nabil Fekir, Olivier Giroud, Antoine Griezmann, Thomas Lemar, Kylian Mbappe, Florian Thauvin Peru 24-man preliminary squad: Carlos Caceda, Jose Carvallo, Pedro Gallese, Luis Abram, Luis Advincula, Pedro Aquino, Miguel Araujo, Andre Carrillo, Wilder Cartagena, Aldo Corzo, Christian Cueva, Jefferson Farfan, Edison Flores, Paolo Hurtado, Nilson Loyola, Sergio Pena, Andy Polo, Christian Ramos, Alberto Rodriguez, Raul Ruidiaz, Anderson Santamaria, Renato Tapia, Miguel Trauco, Yoshimar Yotun Group D Argentina 35-man preliminary squad: Sergio Romero, Nahuel Guzman, Willy Caballero, Franco Armani; Gabriel Mercado, Nicolas Otamendi, Federico Fazio, Nicolas Tagliafico, Marcos Rojo, Marcos Acuna, Ramiro Funes Mori, Cristian Ansaldi, Eduardo Salvio, German Pezzella; Javier Mascherano, Angel Di Maria, Ever Banega, Lucas Biglia, Manuel Lanzini, Gio Lo Celso, Ricardo Centurion, Guido Pizarro, Leandro Paredes, Maximiliano Meza, Enzo Perez, Pablo Perez, Rodrigo Battaglia; Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero, Gonzalo Higuain, Paulo Dybala, Mauro Icardi Cristian Pavon, Lautaro Martinez, Diego Perotti World Cup Russian host cities you've never heard of Croatia 32-man preliminary squad: Danijel Subasic, Lovre Kalinic, Dominik Livakovic, Karlo Letica; Vedran Corluka, Domagoj Vida, Ivan Strinic, Dejan Lovren, Sime Vrsaljko, Josip Pivaric, Tin Jedvaj, Matej Mitrovic, Borna Barisic, Zoran Nizic, Duje Caleta-Car, Borna Sosa; Luka Modric, Ivan Rakitic, Mateo Kovacic, Milan Badelj, Marcelo Brozovic, Marko Rog, Mario Pasalic, Filip Bradaric; Mario Mandzukic, Ivan Perisic, Nikola Kalinic, Andrej Kramaric, Marko Pjaca, Ante Rebic, Duje Cop, Ivan Santini Iceland 23-man preliminary squad: Hannes Thor Halldorsson, Runar Alex Runarsson, Frederik Schram; Kari Arnason, Ari Freyr Skulason, Birkir Mar Saevarsson, Sverrir Ingi Ingason, Hordur Magnusson, Holmar Orn Eyjolfsson, Ragnar Sigurdsson; Johann Berg Gudmundsson, Birkir Bjarnason, Arnor Ingvi Traustason, Emil Hallfredsson, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Olafur Ingi Skulason, Rurik Gislason, Samuel Fridjonsson, Aron Gunnarsson; Alfred Finnbogason, Bjorn Bergmann Sigurdarson, Jon Dadi Bodvarsson, Albert Gudmundsson Nigeria 30-man preliminary squad: Ikechukwu Ezenwa, Daniel Akpeyi, Francis Uzoho, Dele Ajiboye; William Troost-Ekong, Leon Balogun, Olaoluwa Aina, Kenneth Omeruo, Bryan Idowu, Chidozie Awaziem, Abdullahi Shehu, Elderson Echiejile, Tyronne Ebuehi, Stephen Eze, John Obi Mikel, Ogenyi Onazi, John Ogu, Wilfred Ndidi, Uche Agbo, Oghenekaro Etebo, Joel Obi; Mikel Agu; Odion Ighalo, Ahmed Musa, Victor Moses, Alex Iwobi, Kelechi Iheanacho, Moses Simon, Junior Lokosa, Simeon Nwankwo Group E Brazil 23-man final squad: Alisson, Ederson, Cassio; Danilo, Fagner, Marcelo, Filipe Luis, Thiago Silva, Marquinhos, Miranda, Pedro Geromel; Casemiro, Fernandinho, Paulinho, Fred, Renato Augusto, Philippe Coutinho, Willian, Douglas Costa; Neymar, Taison, Gabriel Jesus, Roberto Firmino Costa Rica 23-man final squad: Keylor Navas, Patrick Pemberton, Leonel Moreira, Cristian Gamboa, Ian Smith, Ronald Matarrita, Bryan Oviedo, Oscar Duarte, Giancarlo Gonzalez, Francisco Calvo, Kendall Waston, Johnny Acosta, David Guzman, Yeltsin Tejeda, Celso Borges, Randall Azofeifa, Rodney Wallace, Bryan Ruiz, Daniel Colindres, Christian Bolanos, Johan Venegas, Joel Campbell, Marco Urena. Switzerland TBC Serbia TBC Group F Germany 27-man preliminary squad: Bernd Leno, Manuel Neuer, Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Kevin Trapp, Jerome Boateng, Matthias Ginter, Jonas Hector, Mats Hummels, Joshua Kimmich, Marvin Plattenhardt, Antonio Rudiger, Niklas Sule, Jonathan Tah, Julian Brandt, Julian Draxler, Mario Gomez, Leon Goretzka, Ilkay Gundogan, Sami Khedira, Toni Kroos, Thomas Muller, Mesut Ozil, Nils Petersen, Marco Reus, Sebastian Rudy, Leroy Sane, Timo Werner. Mexico 28-man preliminary squad: Guillermo Ochoa, Jesus Corona, Alfredo Talavera; Diego Reyes, Héctor Moreno, Miguel Layún, Carlos Salcedo, Edson Álvarez, Néstor Araujo, Jesús Gallardo, Hugo Ayala, Rafael Márquez; Jonathan dos Santos, Andrés Guardado, Héctor Herrera, Marco Fabián, Javier Aquino, Jonathan González, Jesús Molina y Erick Gutiérrez; Tecatito Corona, Hirving Lozano, Chicharito Hernández, Raúl Jiménez, Carlos Vela, Javier Aquino, Jurgen Damm, Giovani dos Santos South Korea 28-man preliminary squad: Kim Seunggyu, Kim Jinhyeon, Cho Hyeonwoo, Kim Younggwon, Jang Hyunsoo, Jeong Seunghyeon, Yun Yeongseon, Kwon Kyungwon, Oh Bansuk, Kim Jinsu, Kim Minwoo, Park Jooho, Hong Chul, Go Yohan, Lee Yong, Ki Sungyueng, Jeong Wooyoung, Kwon Changhoon, Ju Sejong, Koo Jacheol, Lee Jaesung, Lee Seungwoo, Moon Sunmin, Lee Chungyong, Kim Shinwook, Son Heungmin, Hwang Heechan, Lee Keunho Sweden 23-man final squad: Robin Olsen, Karl-Johan Johnsson, Kristoffer Nordfeldt, Mikael Lustig, Victor Lindelof, Andreas Granqvist, Martin Olsson, Ludwig Augustinsson, Filip Helander, Emil Krafth, Pontus Jansson, Sebastian Larsson, Albin Ekdal, Emil Forsberg, Gustav Svensson, Oscar Hiljemark, Viktor Claesson, Marcus Rohden, Jimmy Durmaz, Marcus Berg, John Guidetti, Ola Toivonen, Isaac Kiese Thelin Group G Belgium Squad to be announced on May 21. England 23-man final squad: Jack Butland, Nick Pope, Jordan Pickford; Fabian Delph, Danny Rose, Eric Dier, Kyle Walker, Kieran Trippier, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Harry Maguire, John Stones, Phil Jones, Gary Cahill; Jordan Henderson, Jesse Lingard, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Ashley Young, Dele Alli, Raheem Sterling; Harry Kane, Jamie Vardy, Marcus Rashford, Danny Welbeck Panama 35-man preliminary squad: Jose Calderon, Jaime Penedo, Alex Rodríguez; Azmahar Ariano, Felipe Baloy, Harold Cummings, Eric Davis, Fidel Escobar, Adolfo Machado, Michael Murillo, Luis Ovalle, Francisco Palacios, Richard Peralta, Roman Torres; Ricardo Avila, Edgar Barcenas, Ricardo Buitrago, Miguel Camargo, Adalberto Carrasquilla, Armando Cooper, Anibal Godoy, Gabriel Gomez, Jose Gonzalez, Cristian Martinez, Valentin Pimentel, Alberto Quintero, Jose Luis Rodriguez; Abdiel Arroyo, Rolando Blackburn, Ismael Diaz, Jose Fajardo, Roberto Nurse, Blas Perez, Luis Tejada, Gabriel Torres Tunisia 29-man preliminary squad: Aymen Mathlouthi, Mouez Hassen, Farouk Ben Mustapha, Moez Ben Cherifia, Syam Ben Youssef, Yohan Benalouane, Yassine Meriah, Bilel Mohsni, Hamdi Nagguez, Ali Maaloul, Khalil Chemmam, Oussema Haddadi, Dylan Bronn, Ellyes Skhiri, Ferjani Sassi, Karim Laribi, Ahmed Khalil, Mohamed Amine Ben Amor, Ghailene Chaalali, Mohamed Larbi, Anice Bardi, Saif-Eddine Khaoui, Saber Khalifa, Naim Sliti, Fakhreddine Ben Youssef, Whabi Khazri, Bassem Srarfi, Ahmed Akaichi Group H Colombia 35-man preliminary squad: David Ospina, Camilo Vargas, Ivan Arboleda, Jose Fernando Cuadrado; Cristian Zapata, Davinson Sanchez, Santiago Arias, Oscar Murillo, Frank Fabra, Johan Mojica, Yerry Mina, William Tesillo, Bernardo Espinosa, Stefan Medina, Farid Diaz; Wilmar Barrios, Carlos Sanchez, Jefferson Lerma, Jose Izquierdo, James Rodriguez, Giovanni Moreno, Abel Aguilar, Mateus Uribe, Yimmi Chara, Juan Fernando Quintero, Edwin Cardona, Juan Guillermo Cuadrado, Gustavo Cuellar, Sebastian Perez; Radamel Falcao Garcia, Duvan Zapata, Miguel Borja, Carlos Bacca, Luis Fernando Muriel, Teofilo Gutierrez Japan Squad to be announced on May 31. World Cup 2018 venues Poland 35-man preliminary squad: Bartosz Bialkowski, Lukasz Fabianski, Lukasz Skorupski, Wojciech Szczesny; Jan Bednarek, Bartosz Bereszynski, Thiago Cionek, Kamil Glik, Artur Jedrzejczyk, Marcin Kaminski, Tomasz Kedziora, Michal Pazdan, Lukasz Piszczek; Jakub Blaszczykowski, Pawel Dawidowicz, Przemyslaw Frankowski, Jacek Goralski, Maciej Rybus, Sebastian Szymanski, Piotr Zielinski, Szymon Zurkowski; Dawid Kownacki, Robert Lewandowski, Arkadiusz Milik, Krzysztof Piatek, Lukasz Teodorczyk, Kamil Wilczek Senegal 23-man final squad: Abdoulaye Diallo, Khadim Ndiaye, Alfred Gomis, Lamine Gassama, Moussa Wague, Saliou Ciss, Youssouf Sabaly, Kalidou Kalidou, Salif Sane, Cheikhou Kouyate, Kara Mbodji, Idrisa Gana Gueye, Cheikh Ndoye, Alfred Ndiaye, Pape Alioune Ndiaye, Moussa Sow, Moussa Konate, Diafra Sakho, Sadio Mane, Ismaila Sarr, Mame Biram Diouf, Mbaye Niang, Diao Keita Balde
Brazil expect Neymar to be ready for their friendly against Croatia at Anfield and the forward is back in full training with PSG.
Neymar in full training with PSG
Brazil expect Neymar to be ready for their friendly against Croatia at Anfield and the forward is back in full training with PSG.
Gianluigi Buffon's Juventus exit provides the perfect opportunity to look at football's most expensive XI, with the Italian in goal.
Buffon to leave Juventus: Ronaldo & Neymar join Italy great in most expensive XI
Gianluigi Buffon's Juventus exit provides the perfect opportunity to look at football's most expensive XI, with the Italian in goal.
Arsène Wenger's 22-year term as Arsenal manager has now officially finished with the end of his tenure marked with a win over Huddersfield. Despite Wenger only just having officially left the club, rumours surrounding who will replace him have been swirling for some weeks. There are plenty of names in the mix: legendary former players like Patrick Viera and Thierry Henry; big-name managers like Carlo Ancelotti and Max Allegri; and young coaches, like Mikel Arteta, unproven in managerial roles. According to odds from Betfair, Arteta comfortably leads the pack with Brendan Rodgers and Allegri jointly second favourite. We'll be tracking the race as it unfolds on this page until the next Arsenal manager is appointed. Who's winning the race to replace Wenger? The contenders Mikel Arteta Odds: 1/3 Pros: The emotional bond fans felt towards Wenger could be maintained with the appointment of a former player, with supporters rooting for 'one of their own'. Not many players are offered jobs by Pep Guardiola, Mauricio Pochettino and Arsenal as soon as they retire so Arteta is obviously a smart cookie. Will have learnt so much in two years under Guardiola and potentially has a very a high ceiling. A club man who will defer to the new structure and hierarchy. Cons: No managerial experience. Arteta has also played alongside several members of Arsenal's squad - how will that affect his ability to make ruthless and difficult decisions? Possible that fans will have little patience with a rookie. Brendan Rodgers Odds: 10/1 Pros:Coaches attractive and progressive football, and has an impressive history of developing young attackers. Led Liverpool to within touching distance of their first title since 1990, and has done all that could be asked of him (and a bit more) at Celtic. Cons: The teeth, the tan, the catchphrases. Arsenal became a running joke in the late-Wenger years, and Rodgers also lends himself to parody. Would be deeply unpopular with the fans, something likely to count against him. His Liverpool side were also beset by defensive weaknesses, the very area Arsenal urgently need improvement. Buvac is the leading candidate to succeed Wenger Massimiliano Allegri Odds: 10/1 Pros: A proven track record at the highest level of European football, Allegri has guided to Juventus to successive Serie A titles and two Champions League finals. Like Wenger, is a highly respected figure within football who would be a classy public face for the club. Already has experience of succeeding as a much-loved manager (Antonio Conte) and won over the Juve fans who were unhappy with his appointment. Would bring a more pragmatic approach to Arsenal's football. Cons: Liverpool and Spurs have bettered Arsenal in the past two seasons with coaches who have a clear playing identity or 'philosophy'. Allegri is not quite like that. The Italian said "You think tackling, passing & running wins in football. Footballing discussions in Italy is all about tactics and theory, you’re ruining the game. You don’t look at players or skills, but only formations. This is what damages our football." His tactical flexibility is a virtue, but there is a school of thought it is best served fine-tuning elite teams. Arsenal are more of a project at present. Carlo Ancelotti Odds: 20/1 Pros: A safe pair of hands who could steer Arsenal through what some believe could be a difficult transition. Essentially, he would ensure the club avoid a 'Moyes' situation. Has managed in England before, winning the double with Chelsea in 2010. A friendly and avuncular figure who the fans would warm too. Cons: Too similar to Wenger in his methods. Arsenal watchers have long felt their players suffer due to a lack of prescriptive coaching, with Wenger leaving them to find their own solutions. Ancelotti is also more of a manager than a coach, and a laissez-faire approach could result in more of the same. How Arsene Wenger's potential replacements would change Arsenal Luis Enrique Odds: 20/1 Pros: Has a crystal clear idea of how he wants football to be played, and won the treble at Barcelona. Enrique has a working relationship with Sanllehi, and unlike other names on this list has experience of managing a big European club. Cons:A disastrous spell at Roma is a black mark on his CV, and reports suggest he will make huge financial demands both contractually and in the transfer market. Enrique can also be a spiky and abrasive character who had frequent run-ins with the press at Barcelona. While Wenger was no stranger to the odd moan, he was also a master of charm in press conferences. Moreover, while it would be ridiculous to say managing Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar is 'easy', it does make his work at the Nou Camp difficult to assess. Julian Nagelsmann Odds: 20/1 Pros: A possible dark horse who ticks plenty of Arsenal's boxes. Was appointed Hoffenheim head coach at the age of 28 in 2015, leading them away from relegation trouble in his first season and qualifying for the Champions League in his second. Coaches a dynamic, energetic style based on fast recoveries of possession and looks a huge prospect. Would fit into Arsenal's structure seamlessly, and is another networked German. Cons: The move might be two or three years too soon for him. Nagelsmann might be better off developing elsewhere. Zeljko Buvac Odds: 50/1 Pros: Known as 'The Brain', Buvac is a highly-regarded coach with an intimate knowledge of Arsenal and the Premier League working as Jurgen Klopp's No.2 at Liverpool. Buvac would not demand a transfer warchest - his priority would be getting Arsenal training methods up to speed and extracting the most out of a talented, if unbalanced, squad. Would bring ideas and necessary organisation to Arsenal's play. Cons: Has not managed since 2001, does not speak English and has never dealt with media commitments. It seems slightly strange that a 57-year-old has not gone it alone before if he really had managerial ambitions. A significant section of the fanbase would greet him with scepticism. Who will replace Arsene Wenger at Arsenal? Eddie Howe Odds: 40/1 Pros: See Rodgers. There is no faulting his work at Bournemouth, and Arsenal just might be attracted to the idea of swimming against the stream and appointing an English manager. Cons: It would feel a bit 'Moyes-ey'. A spell at Burnley did not quite work out for Howe, raising suspicions he might be uniquely suited to Bournemouth. No big club experience. Like Rodgers, his teams also leak cheap goals. Leonardo Jardim Odds: 40/1 Pros: Some of the brightest talents in European football have passed through Jardim's hands at Monaco, and he stitched them together in a stylish team that won Ligue 1 and reached the Champions League semi-finals last season. Is used to working at a club that cuts its cloth accordingly in the transfer market, selling their best players for huge fees and reinvesting in the squad. Arsenal will not plan on losing players at the frequency of Monaco, but they also have to be realistic about their place in the financial pecking order. Only 43 years old, too. Cons:Far from a compelling personality, Arsenal might want more from their figurehead. Will Arsenal's scouting be as fruitful as Monaco's? Could Patrick Vieira be the man to succeed Arsene Wenger? Credit: AP Joachim Löw Odds: 33/1 Pros: He's a world champion, and has also built a successful team around Mesut Özil. With Per Mertesacker as head of the academy and Arsenal's recent purchases from the Bundesliga, there are obvious connections. Tactically fluid. Cons: Löw has not managed at club level since he left Austria Vienna in 2004, and the demands of a top club job are very different to guiding a team through a summer tournament. Patrick Viera Odds: 20/1 Pros: See Arteta, but with the added advantage of managing a team of his own (New York City in the MLS). A club legend who could galvanise the fan-base, and who will have the instant respect of the players. Cons: His abilities as a coach are very difficult to ascertain. While Vieira's ability as a player is undisputed, he also had a difficult relationship with the club during summer sagas that saw him push for a move, particularly when Real Madrid came calling. Would he do the same as a manager? Odds correct on May 17 and via Betfair.
Next Arsenal manager odds: how the market has changed and who is now favourite to replace Arsene Wenger
Arsène Wenger's 22-year term as Arsenal manager has now officially finished with the end of his tenure marked with a win over Huddersfield. Despite Wenger only just having officially left the club, rumours surrounding who will replace him have been swirling for some weeks. There are plenty of names in the mix: legendary former players like Patrick Viera and Thierry Henry; big-name managers like Carlo Ancelotti and Max Allegri; and young coaches, like Mikel Arteta, unproven in managerial roles. According to odds from Betfair, Arteta comfortably leads the pack with Brendan Rodgers and Allegri jointly second favourite. We'll be tracking the race as it unfolds on this page until the next Arsenal manager is appointed. Who's winning the race to replace Wenger? The contenders Mikel Arteta Odds: 1/3 Pros: The emotional bond fans felt towards Wenger could be maintained with the appointment of a former player, with supporters rooting for 'one of their own'. Not many players are offered jobs by Pep Guardiola, Mauricio Pochettino and Arsenal as soon as they retire so Arteta is obviously a smart cookie. Will have learnt so much in two years under Guardiola and potentially has a very a high ceiling. A club man who will defer to the new structure and hierarchy. Cons: No managerial experience. Arteta has also played alongside several members of Arsenal's squad - how will that affect his ability to make ruthless and difficult decisions? Possible that fans will have little patience with a rookie. Brendan Rodgers Odds: 10/1 Pros:Coaches attractive and progressive football, and has an impressive history of developing young attackers. Led Liverpool to within touching distance of their first title since 1990, and has done all that could be asked of him (and a bit more) at Celtic. Cons: The teeth, the tan, the catchphrases. Arsenal became a running joke in the late-Wenger years, and Rodgers also lends himself to parody. Would be deeply unpopular with the fans, something likely to count against him. His Liverpool side were also beset by defensive weaknesses, the very area Arsenal urgently need improvement. Buvac is the leading candidate to succeed Wenger Massimiliano Allegri Odds: 10/1 Pros: A proven track record at the highest level of European football, Allegri has guided to Juventus to successive Serie A titles and two Champions League finals. Like Wenger, is a highly respected figure within football who would be a classy public face for the club. Already has experience of succeeding as a much-loved manager (Antonio Conte) and won over the Juve fans who were unhappy with his appointment. Would bring a more pragmatic approach to Arsenal's football. Cons: Liverpool and Spurs have bettered Arsenal in the past two seasons with coaches who have a clear playing identity or 'philosophy'. Allegri is not quite like that. The Italian said "You think tackling, passing & running wins in football. Footballing discussions in Italy is all about tactics and theory, you’re ruining the game. You don’t look at players or skills, but only formations. This is what damages our football." His tactical flexibility is a virtue, but there is a school of thought it is best served fine-tuning elite teams. Arsenal are more of a project at present. Carlo Ancelotti Odds: 20/1 Pros: A safe pair of hands who could steer Arsenal through what some believe could be a difficult transition. Essentially, he would ensure the club avoid a 'Moyes' situation. Has managed in England before, winning the double with Chelsea in 2010. A friendly and avuncular figure who the fans would warm too. Cons: Too similar to Wenger in his methods. Arsenal watchers have long felt their players suffer due to a lack of prescriptive coaching, with Wenger leaving them to find their own solutions. Ancelotti is also more of a manager than a coach, and a laissez-faire approach could result in more of the same. How Arsene Wenger's potential replacements would change Arsenal Luis Enrique Odds: 20/1 Pros: Has a crystal clear idea of how he wants football to be played, and won the treble at Barcelona. Enrique has a working relationship with Sanllehi, and unlike other names on this list has experience of managing a big European club. Cons:A disastrous spell at Roma is a black mark on his CV, and reports suggest he will make huge financial demands both contractually and in the transfer market. Enrique can also be a spiky and abrasive character who had frequent run-ins with the press at Barcelona. While Wenger was no stranger to the odd moan, he was also a master of charm in press conferences. Moreover, while it would be ridiculous to say managing Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar is 'easy', it does make his work at the Nou Camp difficult to assess. Julian Nagelsmann Odds: 20/1 Pros: A possible dark horse who ticks plenty of Arsenal's boxes. Was appointed Hoffenheim head coach at the age of 28 in 2015, leading them away from relegation trouble in his first season and qualifying for the Champions League in his second. Coaches a dynamic, energetic style based on fast recoveries of possession and looks a huge prospect. Would fit into Arsenal's structure seamlessly, and is another networked German. Cons: The move might be two or three years too soon for him. Nagelsmann might be better off developing elsewhere. Zeljko Buvac Odds: 50/1 Pros: Known as 'The Brain', Buvac is a highly-regarded coach with an intimate knowledge of Arsenal and the Premier League working as Jurgen Klopp's No.2 at Liverpool. Buvac would not demand a transfer warchest - his priority would be getting Arsenal training methods up to speed and extracting the most out of a talented, if unbalanced, squad. Would bring ideas and necessary organisation to Arsenal's play. Cons: Has not managed since 2001, does not speak English and has never dealt with media commitments. It seems slightly strange that a 57-year-old has not gone it alone before if he really had managerial ambitions. A significant section of the fanbase would greet him with scepticism. Who will replace Arsene Wenger at Arsenal? Eddie Howe Odds: 40/1 Pros: See Rodgers. There is no faulting his work at Bournemouth, and Arsenal just might be attracted to the idea of swimming against the stream and appointing an English manager. Cons: It would feel a bit 'Moyes-ey'. A spell at Burnley did not quite work out for Howe, raising suspicions he might be uniquely suited to Bournemouth. No big club experience. Like Rodgers, his teams also leak cheap goals. Leonardo Jardim Odds: 40/1 Pros: Some of the brightest talents in European football have passed through Jardim's hands at Monaco, and he stitched them together in a stylish team that won Ligue 1 and reached the Champions League semi-finals last season. Is used to working at a club that cuts its cloth accordingly in the transfer market, selling their best players for huge fees and reinvesting in the squad. Arsenal will not plan on losing players at the frequency of Monaco, but they also have to be realistic about their place in the financial pecking order. Only 43 years old, too. Cons:Far from a compelling personality, Arsenal might want more from their figurehead. Will Arsenal's scouting be as fruitful as Monaco's? Could Patrick Vieira be the man to succeed Arsene Wenger? Credit: AP Joachim Löw Odds: 33/1 Pros: He's a world champion, and has also built a successful team around Mesut Özil. With Per Mertesacker as head of the academy and Arsenal's recent purchases from the Bundesliga, there are obvious connections. Tactically fluid. Cons: Löw has not managed at club level since he left Austria Vienna in 2004, and the demands of a top club job are very different to guiding a team through a summer tournament. Patrick Viera Odds: 20/1 Pros: See Arteta, but with the added advantage of managing a team of his own (New York City in the MLS). A club legend who could galvanise the fan-base, and who will have the instant respect of the players. Cons: His abilities as a coach are very difficult to ascertain. While Vieira's ability as a player is undisputed, he also had a difficult relationship with the club during summer sagas that saw him push for a move, particularly when Real Madrid came calling. Would he do the same as a manager? Odds correct on May 17 and via Betfair.
Arsène Wenger's 22-year term as Arsenal manager has now officially finished with the end of his tenure marked with a win over Huddersfield. Despite Wenger only just having officially left the club, rumours surrounding who will replace him have been swirling for some weeks. There are plenty of names in the mix: legendary former players like Patrick Viera and Thierry Henry; big-name managers like Carlo Ancelotti and Max Allegri; and young coaches, like Mikel Arteta, unproven in managerial roles. According to odds from Betfair, Arteta comfortably leads the pack with Brendan Rodgers and Allegri jointly second favourite. We'll be tracking the race as it unfolds on this page until the next Arsenal manager is appointed. Who's winning the race to replace Wenger? The contenders Mikel Arteta Odds: 1/3 Pros: The emotional bond fans felt towards Wenger could be maintained with the appointment of a former player, with supporters rooting for 'one of their own'. Not many players are offered jobs by Pep Guardiola, Mauricio Pochettino and Arsenal as soon as they retire so Arteta is obviously a smart cookie. Will have learnt so much in two years under Guardiola and potentially has a very a high ceiling. A club man who will defer to the new structure and hierarchy. Cons: No managerial experience. Arteta has also played alongside several members of Arsenal's squad - how will that affect his ability to make ruthless and difficult decisions? Possible that fans will have little patience with a rookie. Brendan Rodgers Odds: 10/1 Pros:Coaches attractive and progressive football, and has an impressive history of developing young attackers. Led Liverpool to within touching distance of their first title since 1990, and has done all that could be asked of him (and a bit more) at Celtic. Cons: The teeth, the tan, the catchphrases. Arsenal became a running joke in the late-Wenger years, and Rodgers also lends himself to parody. Would be deeply unpopular with the fans, something likely to count against him. His Liverpool side were also beset by defensive weaknesses, the very area Arsenal urgently need improvement. Buvac is the leading candidate to succeed Wenger Massimiliano Allegri Odds: 10/1 Pros: A proven track record at the highest level of European football, Allegri has guided to Juventus to successive Serie A titles and two Champions League finals. Like Wenger, is a highly respected figure within football who would be a classy public face for the club. Already has experience of succeeding as a much-loved manager (Antonio Conte) and won over the Juve fans who were unhappy with his appointment. Would bring a more pragmatic approach to Arsenal's football. Cons: Liverpool and Spurs have bettered Arsenal in the past two seasons with coaches who have a clear playing identity or 'philosophy'. Allegri is not quite like that. The Italian said "You think tackling, passing & running wins in football. Footballing discussions in Italy is all about tactics and theory, you’re ruining the game. You don’t look at players or skills, but only formations. This is what damages our football." His tactical flexibility is a virtue, but there is a school of thought it is best served fine-tuning elite teams. Arsenal are more of a project at present. Carlo Ancelotti Odds: 20/1 Pros: A safe pair of hands who could steer Arsenal through what some believe could be a difficult transition. Essentially, he would ensure the club avoid a 'Moyes' situation. Has managed in England before, winning the double with Chelsea in 2010. A friendly and avuncular figure who the fans would warm too. Cons: Too similar to Wenger in his methods. Arsenal watchers have long felt their players suffer due to a lack of prescriptive coaching, with Wenger leaving them to find their own solutions. Ancelotti is also more of a manager than a coach, and a laissez-faire approach could result in more of the same. How Arsene Wenger's potential replacements would change Arsenal Luis Enrique Odds: 20/1 Pros: Has a crystal clear idea of how he wants football to be played, and won the treble at Barcelona. Enrique has a working relationship with Sanllehi, and unlike other names on this list has experience of managing a big European club. Cons:A disastrous spell at Roma is a black mark on his CV, and reports suggest he will make huge financial demands both contractually and in the transfer market. Enrique can also be a spiky and abrasive character who had frequent run-ins with the press at Barcelona. While Wenger was no stranger to the odd moan, he was also a master of charm in press conferences. Moreover, while it would be ridiculous to say managing Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar is 'easy', it does make his work at the Nou Camp difficult to assess. Julian Nagelsmann Odds: 20/1 Pros: A possible dark horse who ticks plenty of Arsenal's boxes. Was appointed Hoffenheim head coach at the age of 28 in 2015, leading them away from relegation trouble in his first season and qualifying for the Champions League in his second. Coaches a dynamic, energetic style based on fast recoveries of possession and looks a huge prospect. Would fit into Arsenal's structure seamlessly, and is another networked German. Cons: The move might be two or three years too soon for him. Nagelsmann might be better off developing elsewhere. Zeljko Buvac Odds: 50/1 Pros: Known as 'The Brain', Buvac is a highly-regarded coach with an intimate knowledge of Arsenal and the Premier League working as Jurgen Klopp's No.2 at Liverpool. Buvac would not demand a transfer warchest - his priority would be getting Arsenal training methods up to speed and extracting the most out of a talented, if unbalanced, squad. Would bring ideas and necessary organisation to Arsenal's play. Cons: Has not managed since 2001, does not speak English and has never dealt with media commitments. It seems slightly strange that a 57-year-old has not gone it alone before if he really had managerial ambitions. A significant section of the fanbase would greet him with scepticism. Who will replace Arsene Wenger at Arsenal? Eddie Howe Odds: 40/1 Pros: See Rodgers. There is no faulting his work at Bournemouth, and Arsenal just might be attracted to the idea of swimming against the stream and appointing an English manager. Cons: It would feel a bit 'Moyes-ey'. A spell at Burnley did not quite work out for Howe, raising suspicions he might be uniquely suited to Bournemouth. No big club experience. Like Rodgers, his teams also leak cheap goals. Leonardo Jardim Odds: 40/1 Pros: Some of the brightest talents in European football have passed through Jardim's hands at Monaco, and he stitched them together in a stylish team that won Ligue 1 and reached the Champions League semi-finals last season. Is used to working at a club that cuts its cloth accordingly in the transfer market, selling their best players for huge fees and reinvesting in the squad. Arsenal will not plan on losing players at the frequency of Monaco, but they also have to be realistic about their place in the financial pecking order. Only 43 years old, too. Cons:Far from a compelling personality, Arsenal might want more from their figurehead. Will Arsenal's scouting be as fruitful as Monaco's? Could Patrick Vieira be the man to succeed Arsene Wenger? Credit: AP Joachim Löw Odds: 33/1 Pros: He's a world champion, and has also built a successful team around Mesut Özil. With Per Mertesacker as head of the academy and Arsenal's recent purchases from the Bundesliga, there are obvious connections. Tactically fluid. Cons: Löw has not managed at club level since he left Austria Vienna in 2004, and the demands of a top club job are very different to guiding a team through a summer tournament. Patrick Viera Odds: 20/1 Pros: See Arteta, but with the added advantage of managing a team of his own (New York City in the MLS). A club legend who could galvanise the fan-base, and who will have the instant respect of the players. Cons: His abilities as a coach are very difficult to ascertain. While Vieira's ability as a player is undisputed, he also had a difficult relationship with the club during summer sagas that saw him push for a move, particularly when Real Madrid came calling. Would he do the same as a manager? Odds correct on May 17 and via Betfair.
Next Arsenal manager odds: how the market has changed and who is now favourite to replace Arsene Wenger
Arsène Wenger's 22-year term as Arsenal manager has now officially finished with the end of his tenure marked with a win over Huddersfield. Despite Wenger only just having officially left the club, rumours surrounding who will replace him have been swirling for some weeks. There are plenty of names in the mix: legendary former players like Patrick Viera and Thierry Henry; big-name managers like Carlo Ancelotti and Max Allegri; and young coaches, like Mikel Arteta, unproven in managerial roles. According to odds from Betfair, Arteta comfortably leads the pack with Brendan Rodgers and Allegri jointly second favourite. We'll be tracking the race as it unfolds on this page until the next Arsenal manager is appointed. Who's winning the race to replace Wenger? The contenders Mikel Arteta Odds: 1/3 Pros: The emotional bond fans felt towards Wenger could be maintained with the appointment of a former player, with supporters rooting for 'one of their own'. Not many players are offered jobs by Pep Guardiola, Mauricio Pochettino and Arsenal as soon as they retire so Arteta is obviously a smart cookie. Will have learnt so much in two years under Guardiola and potentially has a very a high ceiling. A club man who will defer to the new structure and hierarchy. Cons: No managerial experience. Arteta has also played alongside several members of Arsenal's squad - how will that affect his ability to make ruthless and difficult decisions? Possible that fans will have little patience with a rookie. Brendan Rodgers Odds: 10/1 Pros:Coaches attractive and progressive football, and has an impressive history of developing young attackers. Led Liverpool to within touching distance of their first title since 1990, and has done all that could be asked of him (and a bit more) at Celtic. Cons: The teeth, the tan, the catchphrases. Arsenal became a running joke in the late-Wenger years, and Rodgers also lends himself to parody. Would be deeply unpopular with the fans, something likely to count against him. His Liverpool side were also beset by defensive weaknesses, the very area Arsenal urgently need improvement. Buvac is the leading candidate to succeed Wenger Massimiliano Allegri Odds: 10/1 Pros: A proven track record at the highest level of European football, Allegri has guided to Juventus to successive Serie A titles and two Champions League finals. Like Wenger, is a highly respected figure within football who would be a classy public face for the club. Already has experience of succeeding as a much-loved manager (Antonio Conte) and won over the Juve fans who were unhappy with his appointment. Would bring a more pragmatic approach to Arsenal's football. Cons: Liverpool and Spurs have bettered Arsenal in the past two seasons with coaches who have a clear playing identity or 'philosophy'. Allegri is not quite like that. The Italian said "You think tackling, passing & running wins in football. Footballing discussions in Italy is all about tactics and theory, you’re ruining the game. You don’t look at players or skills, but only formations. This is what damages our football." His tactical flexibility is a virtue, but there is a school of thought it is best served fine-tuning elite teams. Arsenal are more of a project at present. Carlo Ancelotti Odds: 20/1 Pros: A safe pair of hands who could steer Arsenal through what some believe could be a difficult transition. Essentially, he would ensure the club avoid a 'Moyes' situation. Has managed in England before, winning the double with Chelsea in 2010. A friendly and avuncular figure who the fans would warm too. Cons: Too similar to Wenger in his methods. Arsenal watchers have long felt their players suffer due to a lack of prescriptive coaching, with Wenger leaving them to find their own solutions. Ancelotti is also more of a manager than a coach, and a laissez-faire approach could result in more of the same. How Arsene Wenger's potential replacements would change Arsenal Luis Enrique Odds: 20/1 Pros: Has a crystal clear idea of how he wants football to be played, and won the treble at Barcelona. Enrique has a working relationship with Sanllehi, and unlike other names on this list has experience of managing a big European club. Cons:A disastrous spell at Roma is a black mark on his CV, and reports suggest he will make huge financial demands both contractually and in the transfer market. Enrique can also be a spiky and abrasive character who had frequent run-ins with the press at Barcelona. While Wenger was no stranger to the odd moan, he was also a master of charm in press conferences. Moreover, while it would be ridiculous to say managing Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar is 'easy', it does make his work at the Nou Camp difficult to assess. Julian Nagelsmann Odds: 20/1 Pros: A possible dark horse who ticks plenty of Arsenal's boxes. Was appointed Hoffenheim head coach at the age of 28 in 2015, leading them away from relegation trouble in his first season and qualifying for the Champions League in his second. Coaches a dynamic, energetic style based on fast recoveries of possession and looks a huge prospect. Would fit into Arsenal's structure seamlessly, and is another networked German. Cons: The move might be two or three years too soon for him. Nagelsmann might be better off developing elsewhere. Zeljko Buvac Odds: 50/1 Pros: Known as 'The Brain', Buvac is a highly-regarded coach with an intimate knowledge of Arsenal and the Premier League working as Jurgen Klopp's No.2 at Liverpool. Buvac would not demand a transfer warchest - his priority would be getting Arsenal training methods up to speed and extracting the most out of a talented, if unbalanced, squad. Would bring ideas and necessary organisation to Arsenal's play. Cons: Has not managed since 2001, does not speak English and has never dealt with media commitments. It seems slightly strange that a 57-year-old has not gone it alone before if he really had managerial ambitions. A significant section of the fanbase would greet him with scepticism. Who will replace Arsene Wenger at Arsenal? Eddie Howe Odds: 40/1 Pros: See Rodgers. There is no faulting his work at Bournemouth, and Arsenal just might be attracted to the idea of swimming against the stream and appointing an English manager. Cons: It would feel a bit 'Moyes-ey'. A spell at Burnley did not quite work out for Howe, raising suspicions he might be uniquely suited to Bournemouth. No big club experience. Like Rodgers, his teams also leak cheap goals. Leonardo Jardim Odds: 40/1 Pros: Some of the brightest talents in European football have passed through Jardim's hands at Monaco, and he stitched them together in a stylish team that won Ligue 1 and reached the Champions League semi-finals last season. Is used to working at a club that cuts its cloth accordingly in the transfer market, selling their best players for huge fees and reinvesting in the squad. Arsenal will not plan on losing players at the frequency of Monaco, but they also have to be realistic about their place in the financial pecking order. Only 43 years old, too. Cons:Far from a compelling personality, Arsenal might want more from their figurehead. Will Arsenal's scouting be as fruitful as Monaco's? Could Patrick Vieira be the man to succeed Arsene Wenger? Credit: AP Joachim Löw Odds: 33/1 Pros: He's a world champion, and has also built a successful team around Mesut Özil. With Per Mertesacker as head of the academy and Arsenal's recent purchases from the Bundesliga, there are obvious connections. Tactically fluid. Cons: Löw has not managed at club level since he left Austria Vienna in 2004, and the demands of a top club job are very different to guiding a team through a summer tournament. Patrick Viera Odds: 20/1 Pros: See Arteta, but with the added advantage of managing a team of his own (New York City in the MLS). A club legend who could galvanise the fan-base, and who will have the instant respect of the players. Cons: His abilities as a coach are very difficult to ascertain. While Vieira's ability as a player is undisputed, he also had a difficult relationship with the club during summer sagas that saw him push for a move, particularly when Real Madrid came calling. Would he do the same as a manager? Odds correct on May 17 and via Betfair.
Continuing his recovery from a broken foot, the Brazilian is desperate to help his country claim the World Cup this summer
'This cup has to be mine' - Neymar hungry for World Cup success in Russia
Continuing his recovery from a broken foot, the Brazilian is desperate to help his country claim the World Cup this summer
Continuing his recovery from a broken foot, Neymar is desperate to help Brazil win the World Cup.
Neymar hungry for World Cup success
Continuing his recovery from a broken foot, Neymar is desperate to help Brazil win the World Cup.
Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani led the team to the Ligue 1 title this season, and the trio were the reason why so much money was raised at the annual PSG Foundatiion charity gala.
Neymar, Cavani and Mbappe among PSG stars to appear at charity gala
Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani led the team to the Ligue 1 title this season, and the trio were the reason why so much money was raised at the annual PSG Foundatiion charity gala.
Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani led the team to the Ligue 1 title this season, and the trio were the reason why so much money was raised at the annual PSG Foundatiion charity gala.
Neymar, Cavani and Mbappe among PSG stars to appear at charity gala
Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani led the team to the Ligue 1 title this season, and the trio were the reason why so much money was raised at the annual PSG Foundatiion charity gala.
Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani led the team to the Ligue 1 title this season, and the trio were the reason why so much money was raised at the annual PSG Foundatiion charity gala.
Neymar, Cavani and Mbappe among PSG stars to appear at charity gala
Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani led the team to the Ligue 1 title this season, and the trio were the reason why so much money was raised at the annual PSG Foundatiion charity gala.
Paris Saint-Germain's Brazilian forward Neymar Jr attends a training session in Paris at the Parc des Princes (AFP Photo/CHRISTOPHE SIMON)
Paris Saint-Germain's Brazilian forward Neymar Jr attends a training session in Paris at the Parc des Princes
Paris Saint-Germain's Brazilian forward Neymar Jr attends a training session in Paris at the Parc des Princes (AFP Photo/CHRISTOPHE SIMON)
Neymar sported a Brazilian look when he went to the French football awards where he was named best player in France. (AFP Photo/FRANCK FIFE)
Neymar sported a Brazilian look when he went to the French football awards where he was named best player in France
Neymar sported a Brazilian look when he went to the French football awards where he was named best player in France. (AFP Photo/FRANCK FIFE)
Carrying Brazil's hopes on the back of a three-month injury rehabilitation appears to be weighing heavily on superstar forward Neymar.
Neymar 'scared' ahead of World Cup return
Carrying Brazil's hopes on the back of a three-month injury rehabilitation appears to be weighing heavily on superstar forward Neymar.
The former Barca star has been linked with a return to La Liga with Real Madrid, and his countryman feels a switch away from France is the right move
Neymar will never win anything important at PSG, says Rivaldo
The former Barca star has been linked with a return to La Liga with Real Madrid, and his countryman feels a switch away from France is the right move
The former Barca star has been linked with a return to La Liga with Real Madrid, and his countryman feels a switch away from France is the right move
Neymar will never win anything important at PSG, says Rivaldo
The former Barca star has been linked with a return to La Liga with Real Madrid, and his countryman feels a switch away from France is the right move
A recovering Neymar has been selected in Brazil's 23-man World Cup squad but the injured Dani Alves has not made it - replaced by Danilo and Fagner in a list of few surprises. The only shocks were among the likely reserves for the tournament in Russia, with the inclusion of Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fred and winger Taison. Neymar has been recovering from right foot surgery and coach Tite admitted Neymar was one of the top three players in the world, but insisted his team didn't depend on him alone. "We will be much stronger with Neymar doing well, but for him to do well the rest of the team has to be well, too," he said. All but one of Tite's starting line-up in their World Cup qualifiers have been confirmed in the squad: Alisson; Miranda, Marquinhos and Marcelo; Casemiro, Paulinho, Renato Augusto and Philippe Coutinho; Neymar and Gabriel Jesus. Brazil's 23-man final World Cup squad Defender Alves, a veteran of two World Cups, sprained his right ACL in the French Cup final and has been replaced in the squad by Manchester City's Danilo and Corinthians' Fagner. Tite also summoned goalkeepers Ederson (Manchester City) and Cassio (Corinthians); defenders Thiago Silva, (Paris Saint-Germain) Pedro Geromel (Gremio) and Filipe Luis (Atletico Madrid); midfielders Fernandinho (Man City) and Willian (Chelsea); and strikers Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) and Douglas Costa (Juventus). The coach claimed several positions in his starting line-up are up for grabs, including up front. World Cup 2018 | All you need to know "At first, Gabriel Jesus is our starter. But Roberto Firmino will fight for that position in top form," Tite said. "The challenge is open on the right back, but Danilo has some advantage now because he has performed well recently." Tite also hinted he could swap out one of his central defenders for Thiago Silva, while the inclusion of Taison suggests Coutinho will take up a role in central midfield. "Coutinho can play in the middle and in the flanks, he is versatile," Tite said. "Sometimes preparation gives you elements that you didn't have, and force you to change your mind." Pick your England World Cup 2018 squad The coach's final list includes 15 of the 23 players he called for his very first game with Brazil - against Ecuador in September 2016. There are only four survivors from the 7-1 hammering by Germany four years ago at their home World Cup: Marcelo, Fernandinho, Paulinho and Willian. Thiago Silva and Neymar did not play in that semi-final, one due to suspension and the other because of injury. Brazil begin their World Cup campaign against Switzerland on June 17, followed by Costa Rica and Serbia in Group E.
Brazil World Cup 2018 squad: Latest player news and injury information
A recovering Neymar has been selected in Brazil's 23-man World Cup squad but the injured Dani Alves has not made it - replaced by Danilo and Fagner in a list of few surprises. The only shocks were among the likely reserves for the tournament in Russia, with the inclusion of Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fred and winger Taison. Neymar has been recovering from right foot surgery and coach Tite admitted Neymar was one of the top three players in the world, but insisted his team didn't depend on him alone. "We will be much stronger with Neymar doing well, but for him to do well the rest of the team has to be well, too," he said. All but one of Tite's starting line-up in their World Cup qualifiers have been confirmed in the squad: Alisson; Miranda, Marquinhos and Marcelo; Casemiro, Paulinho, Renato Augusto and Philippe Coutinho; Neymar and Gabriel Jesus. Brazil's 23-man final World Cup squad Defender Alves, a veteran of two World Cups, sprained his right ACL in the French Cup final and has been replaced in the squad by Manchester City's Danilo and Corinthians' Fagner. Tite also summoned goalkeepers Ederson (Manchester City) and Cassio (Corinthians); defenders Thiago Silva, (Paris Saint-Germain) Pedro Geromel (Gremio) and Filipe Luis (Atletico Madrid); midfielders Fernandinho (Man City) and Willian (Chelsea); and strikers Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) and Douglas Costa (Juventus). The coach claimed several positions in his starting line-up are up for grabs, including up front. World Cup 2018 | All you need to know "At first, Gabriel Jesus is our starter. But Roberto Firmino will fight for that position in top form," Tite said. "The challenge is open on the right back, but Danilo has some advantage now because he has performed well recently." Tite also hinted he could swap out one of his central defenders for Thiago Silva, while the inclusion of Taison suggests Coutinho will take up a role in central midfield. "Coutinho can play in the middle and in the flanks, he is versatile," Tite said. "Sometimes preparation gives you elements that you didn't have, and force you to change your mind." Pick your England World Cup 2018 squad The coach's final list includes 15 of the 23 players he called for his very first game with Brazil - against Ecuador in September 2016. There are only four survivors from the 7-1 hammering by Germany four years ago at their home World Cup: Marcelo, Fernandinho, Paulinho and Willian. Thiago Silva and Neymar did not play in that semi-final, one due to suspension and the other because of injury. Brazil begin their World Cup campaign against Switzerland on June 17, followed by Costa Rica and Serbia in Group E.
Neymar, who is recovering from a foot surgery after an injury in February, left Barcelona last summer.
Messi: It would be ‘terrible’ to see Neymar at Real Madrid
Neymar, who is recovering from a foot surgery after an injury in February, left Barcelona last summer.
Neymar, who is recovering from a foot surgery after an injury in February, left Barcelona last summer.
Messi: It would be ‘terrible’ to see Neymar at Real Madrid
Neymar, who is recovering from a foot surgery after an injury in February, left Barcelona last summer.
PSG player Neymar looks at the photographer during celebrations for clinching the French League One title after the soccer match between Paris Saint-Germain and Stade Rennais at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, Saturday May 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
Messi: It would be 'terrible' to see Neymar at Real Madrid
PSG player Neymar looks at the photographer during celebrations for clinching the French League One title after the soccer match between Paris Saint-Germain and Stade Rennais at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, Saturday May 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
Real Madrid signing Neymar would be an awful prospect, according to Lionel Messi, who invited Sergio Aguero to join him at Barcelona.
Messi: Neymar to Madrid would be terrible
Real Madrid signing Neymar would be an awful prospect, according to Lionel Messi, who invited Sergio Aguero to join him at Barcelona.
The Argentina star admitted that he does not want to see his friend join up with the Blancos next season
Messi: Neymar joining Real Madrid would be 'terrible'
The Argentina star admitted that he does not want to see his friend join up with the Blancos next season
Arsenal's announcement that Arsène Wenger will step down as manager after 22 years in charge sent shockwaves through English football. Despite widespread acceptance that a parting of the ways was the correct decision, nobody anticipated the timing of the news. After days of tributes and retrospectives on Wenger's reign, attention turned to who Arsenal would choose to succeed the most successful manager in the club's history. Would it be a legendary former player, a youthful head coach with big ideas or a charismatic manager with stature and gravitas? The search is on, and here is everything you need to know about the process. What are Arsenal looking for? Who better to ask than chief executive Ivan Gazidis? In his press conference at the Emirates the day Wenger's departure was announced, he outlined some of the attributes Arsenal value in a manger (without giving too much away, of course). Gazidis said: What I will say is that it’s important to me that we continue the football values that Arsene has instilled in the club, I want to see someone who can continue that for our fans and our fans want to see that, someone who will continue to play exciting, progressive football that gets people interested and excited in the games we play. I also think there is a significant piece in Arsenal Football Club in how the candidate represents the club and I think it’s important to Arsenal fans. So those qualities. Gazidis also spoke about the importance of a coach who gives opportunities to young players, before adding: I think we’ve got to be open-minded and also brave in the decision. When Arsene was appointed, I don’t think he was on many people’s radar screens. And that doesn’t mean that we have to make an another appointment that not everybody is thinking about and talking about. But it does mean we need to be bold in the appointment and get the person that we believe is the right person. Another priority for Arsenal is finding a candidate who can heal the divisions in the fanbase. Although most supporters were unified in their belief the time was right for change, the last five years and more have been marred by in-fighting among Arsenal fans. So much so that they have become their own online 'meme'. Apathy overtook anger this season, with thousands of season ticket holders staying away and leaving their seats empty. While Arsenal will not make a populist appointment simply to appease the masses, they will want to avoid a corrosive character who will re-open old wounds. Our man Jeremy Wilson reports that Arsenal are exploring 'a range of younger head coach-style options', and want someone 'with the coaching track-record to bring out the best in the existing squad while also progressing the club’s younger players'. Re-uniting the fan base will be one of Arsenal's priorities Credit: Reuters What have Arsenal done previously? One of the most intriguing aspects of the story. Arsenal have not needed to appoint a manager since 1996, so when trying to second guess their intentions we are starting from scratch. New head of football relations Raul Sanllehi oversaw several managerial changes at Barcelona, while new head of recruitment Sven Mislintat has seen coaches come and go at Borussia Dortmund. This is Gazidis' first experience of the process, however. Arsenal as a club do have a history of making the kind of left-field, 'bold' appointments Gazidis spoke of. Wenger himself famously arrived from Japanese club Nagoya Grampus Eight, George Graham was manager of second division Millwall while 1971 double-winner Bertie Mee was a physio. Arsenal surprised everyone with the appointment of Arsene Wenger Credit: ALLSPORT That could be music to the ears of majority shareholder Stan Kroenke, who has had success in another sporting venture by appointing a young up-and-comer. His NFL franchise the LA Rams were stagnant under long-serving coach Jeff Fisher, but their fortunes have been revived by Sean McVay - the youngest coach in NFL history. Some clues for Arsenal fans there, perhaps. Who are the key decision makers? Gazidis, Sanllehi and Mislintat will all have a say, with Matt Law reporting in the Daily Telegraph last month that the trio each have their preferred candidates, which could be a source of tension. Ultimately, it will be down to Gazidis to present Kroenke with their recommendations who will sign off on any decision. Kroenke could be assisted by son Josh, who spent three months in London this year familiarising himself with Arsenal operations. The younger Kroenke is thought to be a key ally of Gazidis, and his opinion could prove important. Father and Son: Stand and Josh Kroenke Credit: Getty Images What do the betting markets suggest? The odds on next Arsenal manager were quite volatile in the weeks before the announcement, as is usually the case in markets with low liquidity (not many bets being matched). The news that Thomas Tuchel is likely to join Paris Saint-Germain has seen him fall out of the running, while Massimiliano Allegri and Zeljko Buvac have moved to the front of the market. Neither favourite looks a cast-iron certainty, however. There have been nibbles on Eddie Howe and Carlo Ancelotti at bigger prices. Change in Arsenal manager odds Buvac is the leading candidate to succeed Wenger What now for Arsene Wenger? Wenger has said he will take a four or five week break at the end of the season to review his future. The Frenchman has expressed a desire to continue working, and will be at the World Cup in Russia as a television pundit. Those who know Wenger say he is still full of enthusiasm and vitality, and the 68-year-old is in good health. There are long-running links to the France job, though Wenger's love of day-to-day work on the training ground could put him off international management. Wenger has said it would be 'difficult' emotionally to manage another Premier League team, but hopes he has not managed his last match in the Champions League. All that suggests he might be open to a European club job. What next for Arsene Wenger - the departing Arsenal manager's possible destinations The contenders Mikel Arteta Odds: 1/3 Pros: The emotional bond fans felt towards Wenger could be maintained with the appointment of a former player, with supporters rooting for 'one of their own'. Not many players are offered jobs by Pep Guardiola, Mauricio Pochettino and Arsenal as soon as they retire so Arteta is obviously a smart cookie. Will have learnt so much in two years under Guardiola and potentially has a very a high ceiling. A club man who will defer to the new structure and hierarchy. Cons: No managerial experience. Arteta has also played alongside several members of Arsenal's squad - how will that affect his ability to make ruthless and difficult decisions? Possible that fans will have little patience with a rookie. Brendan Rodgers Odds: 6/1 Pros:Coaches attractive and progressive football, and has an impressive history of developing young attackers. Led Liverpool to within touching distance of their first title since 1990, and has done all that could be asked of him (and a bit more) at Celtic. Cons:The teeth, the tan, the catchphrases. Arsenal became a running joke in the late-Wenger years, and Rodgers also lends himself to parody. Would be deeply unpopular with the fans, something likely to count against him. His Liverpool side were also beset by defensive weaknesses, the very area Arsenal urgently need improvement. How Arsene Wenger's potential replacements would change Arsenal Massimiliano Allegri Odds: 13/2 Pros: A proven track record at the highest level of European football, Allegri has guided to Juventus to successive Serie A titles and two Champions League finals. Like Wenger, is a highly respected figure within football who would be a classy public face for the club. Already has experience of succeeding as a much-loved manager (Antonio Conte) and won over the Juve fans who were unhappy with his appointment. Would bring a more pragmatic approach to Arsenal's football. Cons: Liverpool and Spurs have bettered Arsenal in the past two seasons with coaches who have a clear playing identity or 'philosophy'. Allegri is not quite like that. The Italian said "You think tackling, passing & running wins in football. Footballing discussions in Italy is all about tactics and theory, you’re ruining the game. You don’t look at players or skills, but only formations. This is what damages our football." His tactical flexibility is a virtue, but there is a school of thought it is best served fine-tuning elite teams. Arsenal are more of a project at present. Carlo Ancelotti Odds: 14/1 Pros: A safe pair of hands who could steer Arsenal through what some believe could be a difficult transition. Essentially, he would ensure the club avoid a 'Moyes' situation. Has managed in England before, winning the double with Chelsea in 2010. A friendly and avuncular figure who the fans would warm too. Cons: Too similar to Wenger in his methods. Arsenal watchers have long felt their players suffer due to a lack of prescriptive coaching, with Wenger leaving them to find their own solutions. Ancelotti is also more of a manager than a coach, and a laissez-faire approach could result in more of the same. Luis Enrique won the treble at Barcelona Credit: Getty Images Luis Enrique Odds: 12/1 Pros: Has a crystal clear idea of how he wants football to be played, and won the treble at Barcelona. Enrique has a working relationship with Sanllehi, and unlike other names on this list has experience of managing a big European club. Cons: A disastrous spell at Roma is a black mark on his CV, and reports suggest he will make huge financial demands both contractually and in the transfer market. Enrique can also be a spiky and abrasive character who had frequent run-ins with the press at Barcelona. While Wenger was no stranger to the odd moan, he was also a master of charm in press conferences. Moreover, while it would be ridiculous to say managing Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar is 'easy', it does make his work at the Nou Camp difficult to assess. Zeljko Buvac is a surprise candidate Credit: Reuters Julian Nagelsmann Odds: 14/1 Pros:A possible dark horse who ticks plenty of Arsenal's boxes. Was appointed Hoffenheim head coach at the age of 28 in 2015, leading them away from relegation trouble in his first season and qualifying for the Champions League in his second. Coaches a dynamic, energetic style based on fast recoveries of possession and looks a huge prospect. Would fit into Arsenal's structure seamlessly, and is another networked German. Cons: The move might be two or three years too soon for him. Nagelsmann might be better off developing elsewhere. Zeljko Buvac Odds: 20/1 Pros: Known as 'The Brain', Buvac is a highly-regarded coach with an intimate knowledge of Arsenal and the Premier League working as Jurgen Klopp's No.2 at Liverpool. Buvac would not demand a transfer warchest - his priority would be getting Arsenal training methods up to speed and extracting the most out of a talented, if unbalanced, squad. Would bring ideas and necessary organisation to Arsenal's play. Cons: Has not managed since 2001, does not speak English and has never dealt with media commitments. It seems slightly strange that a 57-year-old has not gone it alone before if he really had managerial ambitions. A significant section of the fanbase would greet him with scepticism. Eddie Howe Odds: 25/1 Pros: See Rodgers. There is no faulting his work at Bournemouth, and Arsenal just might be attracted to the idea of swimming against the stream and appointing an English manager. Cons: It would feel a bit 'Moyes-ey'. A spell at Burnley did not quite work out for Howe, raising suspicions he might be uniquely suited to Bournemouth. No big club experience. Like Rodgers, his teams also leak cheap goals. Who will replace Arsene Wenger at Arsenal? Joachim Löw Odds: 33/1 Pros: He's a world champion, and has also built a successful team around Mesut Özil. With Per Mertesacker as head of the academy and Arsenal's recent purchases from the Bundesliga, there are obvious connections. Tactically fluid. Cons: Löw has not managed at club level since he left Austria Vienna in 2004, and the demands of a top club job are very different to guiding a team through a summer tournament. Leonardo Jardim Odds: 33/1 Pros: Some of the brightest talents in European football have passed through Jardim's hands at Monaco, and he stitched them together in a stylish team that won Ligue 1 and reached the Champions League semi-finals last season. Is used to working at a club that cuts its cloth accordingly in the transfer market, selling their best players for huge fees and reinvesting in the squad. Arsenal will not plan on losing players at the frequency of Monaco, but they also have to be realistic about their place in the financial pecking order. Only 43 years old, too. Cons:Far from a compelling personality, Arsenal might want more from their figurehead. Will Arsenal's scouting be as fruitful as Monaco's? Could Patrick Vieira be the man to succeed Arsene Wenger? Credit: AP Patrick Vieira Odds: 33/1 Pros: See Arteta, but with the added advantage of managing a team of his own (New York City in the MLS). A club legend who could galvanise the fan-base, and who will have the instant respect of the players. Cons: His abilities as a coach are very difficult to ascertain. While Vieira's ability as a player is undisputed, he also had a difficult relationship with the club during summer sagas that saw him push for a move, particularly when Real Madrid came calling. Would he do the same as a manager? Odds correct on May 15 and via Betfair/Paddy Power.
Arsene Wenger replacement: Definitive guide to the runners and riders for the new Arsenal manager
Arsenal's announcement that Arsène Wenger will step down as manager after 22 years in charge sent shockwaves through English football. Despite widespread acceptance that a parting of the ways was the correct decision, nobody anticipated the timing of the news. After days of tributes and retrospectives on Wenger's reign, attention turned to who Arsenal would choose to succeed the most successful manager in the club's history. Would it be a legendary former player, a youthful head coach with big ideas or a charismatic manager with stature and gravitas? The search is on, and here is everything you need to know about the process. What are Arsenal looking for? Who better to ask than chief executive Ivan Gazidis? In his press conference at the Emirates the day Wenger's departure was announced, he outlined some of the attributes Arsenal value in a manger (without giving too much away, of course). Gazidis said: What I will say is that it’s important to me that we continue the football values that Arsene has instilled in the club, I want to see someone who can continue that for our fans and our fans want to see that, someone who will continue to play exciting, progressive football that gets people interested and excited in the games we play. I also think there is a significant piece in Arsenal Football Club in how the candidate represents the club and I think it’s important to Arsenal fans. So those qualities. Gazidis also spoke about the importance of a coach who gives opportunities to young players, before adding: I think we’ve got to be open-minded and also brave in the decision. When Arsene was appointed, I don’t think he was on many people’s radar screens. And that doesn’t mean that we have to make an another appointment that not everybody is thinking about and talking about. But it does mean we need to be bold in the appointment and get the person that we believe is the right person. Another priority for Arsenal is finding a candidate who can heal the divisions in the fanbase. Although most supporters were unified in their belief the time was right for change, the last five years and more have been marred by in-fighting among Arsenal fans. So much so that they have become their own online 'meme'. Apathy overtook anger this season, with thousands of season ticket holders staying away and leaving their seats empty. While Arsenal will not make a populist appointment simply to appease the masses, they will want to avoid a corrosive character who will re-open old wounds. Our man Jeremy Wilson reports that Arsenal are exploring 'a range of younger head coach-style options', and want someone 'with the coaching track-record to bring out the best in the existing squad while also progressing the club’s younger players'. Re-uniting the fan base will be one of Arsenal's priorities Credit: Reuters What have Arsenal done previously? One of the most intriguing aspects of the story. Arsenal have not needed to appoint a manager since 1996, so when trying to second guess their intentions we are starting from scratch. New head of football relations Raul Sanllehi oversaw several managerial changes at Barcelona, while new head of recruitment Sven Mislintat has seen coaches come and go at Borussia Dortmund. This is Gazidis' first experience of the process, however. Arsenal as a club do have a history of making the kind of left-field, 'bold' appointments Gazidis spoke of. Wenger himself famously arrived from Japanese club Nagoya Grampus Eight, George Graham was manager of second division Millwall while 1971 double-winner Bertie Mee was a physio. Arsenal surprised everyone with the appointment of Arsene Wenger Credit: ALLSPORT That could be music to the ears of majority shareholder Stan Kroenke, who has had success in another sporting venture by appointing a young up-and-comer. His NFL franchise the LA Rams were stagnant under long-serving coach Jeff Fisher, but their fortunes have been revived by Sean McVay - the youngest coach in NFL history. Some clues for Arsenal fans there, perhaps. Who are the key decision makers? Gazidis, Sanllehi and Mislintat will all have a say, with Matt Law reporting in the Daily Telegraph last month that the trio each have their preferred candidates, which could be a source of tension. Ultimately, it will be down to Gazidis to present Kroenke with their recommendations who will sign off on any decision. Kroenke could be assisted by son Josh, who spent three months in London this year familiarising himself with Arsenal operations. The younger Kroenke is thought to be a key ally of Gazidis, and his opinion could prove important. Father and Son: Stand and Josh Kroenke Credit: Getty Images What do the betting markets suggest? The odds on next Arsenal manager were quite volatile in the weeks before the announcement, as is usually the case in markets with low liquidity (not many bets being matched). The news that Thomas Tuchel is likely to join Paris Saint-Germain has seen him fall out of the running, while Massimiliano Allegri and Zeljko Buvac have moved to the front of the market. Neither favourite looks a cast-iron certainty, however. There have been nibbles on Eddie Howe and Carlo Ancelotti at bigger prices. Change in Arsenal manager odds Buvac is the leading candidate to succeed Wenger What now for Arsene Wenger? Wenger has said he will take a four or five week break at the end of the season to review his future. The Frenchman has expressed a desire to continue working, and will be at the World Cup in Russia as a television pundit. Those who know Wenger say he is still full of enthusiasm and vitality, and the 68-year-old is in good health. There are long-running links to the France job, though Wenger's love of day-to-day work on the training ground could put him off international management. Wenger has said it would be 'difficult' emotionally to manage another Premier League team, but hopes he has not managed his last match in the Champions League. All that suggests he might be open to a European club job. What next for Arsene Wenger - the departing Arsenal manager's possible destinations The contenders Mikel Arteta Odds: 1/3 Pros: The emotional bond fans felt towards Wenger could be maintained with the appointment of a former player, with supporters rooting for 'one of their own'. Not many players are offered jobs by Pep Guardiola, Mauricio Pochettino and Arsenal as soon as they retire so Arteta is obviously a smart cookie. Will have learnt so much in two years under Guardiola and potentially has a very a high ceiling. A club man who will defer to the new structure and hierarchy. Cons: No managerial experience. Arteta has also played alongside several members of Arsenal's squad - how will that affect his ability to make ruthless and difficult decisions? Possible that fans will have little patience with a rookie. Brendan Rodgers Odds: 6/1 Pros:Coaches attractive and progressive football, and has an impressive history of developing young attackers. Led Liverpool to within touching distance of their first title since 1990, and has done all that could be asked of him (and a bit more) at Celtic. Cons:The teeth, the tan, the catchphrases. Arsenal became a running joke in the late-Wenger years, and Rodgers also lends himself to parody. Would be deeply unpopular with the fans, something likely to count against him. His Liverpool side were also beset by defensive weaknesses, the very area Arsenal urgently need improvement. How Arsene Wenger's potential replacements would change Arsenal Massimiliano Allegri Odds: 13/2 Pros: A proven track record at the highest level of European football, Allegri has guided to Juventus to successive Serie A titles and two Champions League finals. Like Wenger, is a highly respected figure within football who would be a classy public face for the club. Already has experience of succeeding as a much-loved manager (Antonio Conte) and won over the Juve fans who were unhappy with his appointment. Would bring a more pragmatic approach to Arsenal's football. Cons: Liverpool and Spurs have bettered Arsenal in the past two seasons with coaches who have a clear playing identity or 'philosophy'. Allegri is not quite like that. The Italian said "You think tackling, passing & running wins in football. Footballing discussions in Italy is all about tactics and theory, you’re ruining the game. You don’t look at players or skills, but only formations. This is what damages our football." His tactical flexibility is a virtue, but there is a school of thought it is best served fine-tuning elite teams. Arsenal are more of a project at present. Carlo Ancelotti Odds: 14/1 Pros: A safe pair of hands who could steer Arsenal through what some believe could be a difficult transition. Essentially, he would ensure the club avoid a 'Moyes' situation. Has managed in England before, winning the double with Chelsea in 2010. A friendly and avuncular figure who the fans would warm too. Cons: Too similar to Wenger in his methods. Arsenal watchers have long felt their players suffer due to a lack of prescriptive coaching, with Wenger leaving them to find their own solutions. Ancelotti is also more of a manager than a coach, and a laissez-faire approach could result in more of the same. Luis Enrique won the treble at Barcelona Credit: Getty Images Luis Enrique Odds: 12/1 Pros: Has a crystal clear idea of how he wants football to be played, and won the treble at Barcelona. Enrique has a working relationship with Sanllehi, and unlike other names on this list has experience of managing a big European club. Cons: A disastrous spell at Roma is a black mark on his CV, and reports suggest he will make huge financial demands both contractually and in the transfer market. Enrique can also be a spiky and abrasive character who had frequent run-ins with the press at Barcelona. While Wenger was no stranger to the odd moan, he was also a master of charm in press conferences. Moreover, while it would be ridiculous to say managing Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar is 'easy', it does make his work at the Nou Camp difficult to assess. Zeljko Buvac is a surprise candidate Credit: Reuters Julian Nagelsmann Odds: 14/1 Pros:A possible dark horse who ticks plenty of Arsenal's boxes. Was appointed Hoffenheim head coach at the age of 28 in 2015, leading them away from relegation trouble in his first season and qualifying for the Champions League in his second. Coaches a dynamic, energetic style based on fast recoveries of possession and looks a huge prospect. Would fit into Arsenal's structure seamlessly, and is another networked German. Cons: The move might be two or three years too soon for him. Nagelsmann might be better off developing elsewhere. Zeljko Buvac Odds: 20/1 Pros: Known as 'The Brain', Buvac is a highly-regarded coach with an intimate knowledge of Arsenal and the Premier League working as Jurgen Klopp's No.2 at Liverpool. Buvac would not demand a transfer warchest - his priority would be getting Arsenal training methods up to speed and extracting the most out of a talented, if unbalanced, squad. Would bring ideas and necessary organisation to Arsenal's play. Cons: Has not managed since 2001, does not speak English and has never dealt with media commitments. It seems slightly strange that a 57-year-old has not gone it alone before if he really had managerial ambitions. A significant section of the fanbase would greet him with scepticism. Eddie Howe Odds: 25/1 Pros: See Rodgers. There is no faulting his work at Bournemouth, and Arsenal just might be attracted to the idea of swimming against the stream and appointing an English manager. Cons: It would feel a bit 'Moyes-ey'. A spell at Burnley did not quite work out for Howe, raising suspicions he might be uniquely suited to Bournemouth. No big club experience. Like Rodgers, his teams also leak cheap goals. Who will replace Arsene Wenger at Arsenal? Joachim Löw Odds: 33/1 Pros: He's a world champion, and has also built a successful team around Mesut Özil. With Per Mertesacker as head of the academy and Arsenal's recent purchases from the Bundesliga, there are obvious connections. Tactically fluid. Cons: Löw has not managed at club level since he left Austria Vienna in 2004, and the demands of a top club job are very different to guiding a team through a summer tournament. Leonardo Jardim Odds: 33/1 Pros: Some of the brightest talents in European football have passed through Jardim's hands at Monaco, and he stitched them together in a stylish team that won Ligue 1 and reached the Champions League semi-finals last season. Is used to working at a club that cuts its cloth accordingly in the transfer market, selling their best players for huge fees and reinvesting in the squad. Arsenal will not plan on losing players at the frequency of Monaco, but they also have to be realistic about their place in the financial pecking order. Only 43 years old, too. Cons:Far from a compelling personality, Arsenal might want more from their figurehead. Will Arsenal's scouting be as fruitful as Monaco's? Could Patrick Vieira be the man to succeed Arsene Wenger? Credit: AP Patrick Vieira Odds: 33/1 Pros: See Arteta, but with the added advantage of managing a team of his own (New York City in the MLS). A club legend who could galvanise the fan-base, and who will have the instant respect of the players. Cons: His abilities as a coach are very difficult to ascertain. While Vieira's ability as a player is undisputed, he also had a difficult relationship with the club during summer sagas that saw him push for a move, particularly when Real Madrid came calling. Would he do the same as a manager? Odds correct on May 15 and via Betfair/Paddy Power.
Arsenal's announcement that Arsène Wenger will step down as manager after 22 years in charge sent shockwaves through English football. Despite widespread acceptance that a parting of the ways was the correct decision, nobody anticipated the timing of the news. After days of tributes and retrospectives on Wenger's reign, attention turned to who Arsenal would choose to succeed the most successful manager in the club's history. Would it be a legendary former player, a youthful head coach with big ideas or a charismatic manager with stature and gravitas? The search is on, and here is everything you need to know about the process. What are Arsenal looking for? Who better to ask than chief executive Ivan Gazidis? In his press conference at the Emirates the day Wenger's departure was announced, he outlined some of the attributes Arsenal value in a manger (without giving too much away, of course). Gazidis said: What I will say is that it’s important to me that we continue the football values that Arsene has instilled in the club, I want to see someone who can continue that for our fans and our fans want to see that, someone who will continue to play exciting, progressive football that gets people interested and excited in the games we play. I also think there is a significant piece in Arsenal Football Club in how the candidate represents the club and I think it’s important to Arsenal fans. So those qualities. Gazidis also spoke about the importance of a coach who gives opportunities to young players, before adding: I think we’ve got to be open-minded and also brave in the decision. When Arsene was appointed, I don’t think he was on many people’s radar screens. And that doesn’t mean that we have to make an another appointment that not everybody is thinking about and talking about. But it does mean we need to be bold in the appointment and get the person that we believe is the right person. Another priority for Arsenal is finding a candidate who can heal the divisions in the fanbase. Although most supporters were unified in their belief the time was right for change, the last five years and more have been marred by in-fighting among Arsenal fans. So much so that they have become their own online 'meme'. Apathy overtook anger this season, with thousands of season ticket holders staying away and leaving their seats empty. While Arsenal will not make a populist appointment simply to appease the masses, they will want to avoid a corrosive character who will re-open old wounds. Our man Jeremy Wilson reports that Arsenal are exploring 'a range of younger head coach-style options', and want someone 'with the coaching track-record to bring out the best in the existing squad while also progressing the club’s younger players'. Re-uniting the fan base will be one of Arsenal's priorities Credit: Reuters What have Arsenal done previously? One of the most intriguing aspects of the story. Arsenal have not needed to appoint a manager since 1996, so when trying to second guess their intentions we are starting from scratch. New head of football relations Raul Sanllehi oversaw several managerial changes at Barcelona, while new head of recruitment Sven Mislintat has seen coaches come and go at Borussia Dortmund. This is Gazidis' first experience of the process, however. Arsenal as a club do have a history of making the kind of left-field, 'bold' appointments Gazidis spoke of. Wenger himself famously arrived from Japanese club Nagoya Grampus Eight, George Graham was manager of second division Millwall while 1971 double-winner Bertie Mee was a physio. Arsenal surprised everyone with the appointment of Arsene Wenger Credit: ALLSPORT That could be music to the ears of majority shareholder Stan Kroenke, who has had success in another sporting venture by appointing a young up-and-comer. His NFL franchise the LA Rams were stagnant under long-serving coach Jeff Fisher, but their fortunes have been revived by Sean McVay - the youngest coach in NFL history. Some clues for Arsenal fans there, perhaps. Who are the key decision makers? Gazidis, Sanllehi and Mislintat will all have a say, with Matt Law reporting in the Daily Telegraph last month that the trio each have their preferred candidates, which could be a source of tension. Ultimately, it will be down to Gazidis to present Kroenke with their recommendations who will sign off on any decision. Kroenke could be assisted by son Josh, who spent three months in London this year familiarising himself with Arsenal operations. The younger Kroenke is thought to be a key ally of Gazidis, and his opinion could prove important. Father and Son: Stand and Josh Kroenke Credit: Getty Images What do the betting markets suggest? The odds on next Arsenal manager were quite volatile in the weeks before the announcement, as is usually the case in markets with low liquidity (not many bets being matched). The news that Thomas Tuchel is likely to join Paris Saint-Germain has seen him fall out of the running, while Massimiliano Allegri and Zeljko Buvac have moved to the front of the market. Neither favourite looks a cast-iron certainty, however. There have been nibbles on Eddie Howe and Carlo Ancelotti at bigger prices. Change in Arsenal manager odds Buvac is the leading candidate to succeed Wenger What now for Arsene Wenger? Wenger has said he will take a four or five week break at the end of the season to review his future. The Frenchman has expressed a desire to continue working, and will be at the World Cup in Russia as a television pundit. Those who know Wenger say he is still full of enthusiasm and vitality, and the 68-year-old is in good health. There are long-running links to the France job, though Wenger's love of day-to-day work on the training ground could put him off international management. Wenger has said it would be 'difficult' emotionally to manage another Premier League team, but hopes he has not managed his last match in the Champions League. All that suggests he might be open to a European club job. What next for Arsene Wenger - the departing Arsenal manager's possible destinations The contenders Mikel Arteta Odds: 1/3 Pros: The emotional bond fans felt towards Wenger could be maintained with the appointment of a former player, with supporters rooting for 'one of their own'. Not many players are offered jobs by Pep Guardiola, Mauricio Pochettino and Arsenal as soon as they retire so Arteta is obviously a smart cookie. Will have learnt so much in two years under Guardiola and potentially has a very a high ceiling. A club man who will defer to the new structure and hierarchy. Cons: No managerial experience. Arteta has also played alongside several members of Arsenal's squad - how will that affect his ability to make ruthless and difficult decisions? Possible that fans will have little patience with a rookie. Brendan Rodgers Odds: 6/1 Pros:Coaches attractive and progressive football, and has an impressive history of developing young attackers. Led Liverpool to within touching distance of their first title since 1990, and has done all that could be asked of him (and a bit more) at Celtic. Cons:The teeth, the tan, the catchphrases. Arsenal became a running joke in the late-Wenger years, and Rodgers also lends himself to parody. Would be deeply unpopular with the fans, something likely to count against him. His Liverpool side were also beset by defensive weaknesses, the very area Arsenal urgently need improvement. How Arsene Wenger's potential replacements would change Arsenal Massimiliano Allegri Odds: 13/2 Pros: A proven track record at the highest level of European football, Allegri has guided to Juventus to successive Serie A titles and two Champions League finals. Like Wenger, is a highly respected figure within football who would be a classy public face for the club. Already has experience of succeeding as a much-loved manager (Antonio Conte) and won over the Juve fans who were unhappy with his appointment. Would bring a more pragmatic approach to Arsenal's football. Cons: Liverpool and Spurs have bettered Arsenal in the past two seasons with coaches who have a clear playing identity or 'philosophy'. Allegri is not quite like that. The Italian said "You think tackling, passing & running wins in football. Footballing discussions in Italy is all about tactics and theory, you’re ruining the game. You don’t look at players or skills, but only formations. This is what damages our football." His tactical flexibility is a virtue, but there is a school of thought it is best served fine-tuning elite teams. Arsenal are more of a project at present. Carlo Ancelotti Odds: 14/1 Pros: A safe pair of hands who could steer Arsenal through what some believe could be a difficult transition. Essentially, he would ensure the club avoid a 'Moyes' situation. Has managed in England before, winning the double with Chelsea in 2010. A friendly and avuncular figure who the fans would warm too. Cons: Too similar to Wenger in his methods. Arsenal watchers have long felt their players suffer due to a lack of prescriptive coaching, with Wenger leaving them to find their own solutions. Ancelotti is also more of a manager than a coach, and a laissez-faire approach could result in more of the same. Luis Enrique won the treble at Barcelona Credit: Getty Images Luis Enrique Odds: 12/1 Pros: Has a crystal clear idea of how he wants football to be played, and won the treble at Barcelona. Enrique has a working relationship with Sanllehi, and unlike other names on this list has experience of managing a big European club. Cons: A disastrous spell at Roma is a black mark on his CV, and reports suggest he will make huge financial demands both contractually and in the transfer market. Enrique can also be a spiky and abrasive character who had frequent run-ins with the press at Barcelona. While Wenger was no stranger to the odd moan, he was also a master of charm in press conferences. Moreover, while it would be ridiculous to say managing Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar is 'easy', it does make his work at the Nou Camp difficult to assess. Zeljko Buvac is a surprise candidate Credit: Reuters Julian Nagelsmann Odds: 14/1 Pros:A possible dark horse who ticks plenty of Arsenal's boxes. Was appointed Hoffenheim head coach at the age of 28 in 2015, leading them away from relegation trouble in his first season and qualifying for the Champions League in his second. Coaches a dynamic, energetic style based on fast recoveries of possession and looks a huge prospect. Would fit into Arsenal's structure seamlessly, and is another networked German. Cons: The move might be two or three years too soon for him. Nagelsmann might be better off developing elsewhere. Zeljko Buvac Odds: 20/1 Pros: Known as 'The Brain', Buvac is a highly-regarded coach with an intimate knowledge of Arsenal and the Premier League working as Jurgen Klopp's No.2 at Liverpool. Buvac would not demand a transfer warchest - his priority would be getting Arsenal training methods up to speed and extracting the most out of a talented, if unbalanced, squad. Would bring ideas and necessary organisation to Arsenal's play. Cons: Has not managed since 2001, does not speak English and has never dealt with media commitments. It seems slightly strange that a 57-year-old has not gone it alone before if he really had managerial ambitions. A significant section of the fanbase would greet him with scepticism. Eddie Howe Odds: 25/1 Pros: See Rodgers. There is no faulting his work at Bournemouth, and Arsenal just might be attracted to the idea of swimming against the stream and appointing an English manager. Cons: It would feel a bit 'Moyes-ey'. A spell at Burnley did not quite work out for Howe, raising suspicions he might be uniquely suited to Bournemouth. No big club experience. Like Rodgers, his teams also leak cheap goals. Who will replace Arsene Wenger at Arsenal? Joachim Löw Odds: 33/1 Pros: He's a world champion, and has also built a successful team around Mesut Özil. With Per Mertesacker as head of the academy and Arsenal's recent purchases from the Bundesliga, there are obvious connections. Tactically fluid. Cons: Löw has not managed at club level since he left Austria Vienna in 2004, and the demands of a top club job are very different to guiding a team through a summer tournament. Leonardo Jardim Odds: 33/1 Pros: Some of the brightest talents in European football have passed through Jardim's hands at Monaco, and he stitched them together in a stylish team that won Ligue 1 and reached the Champions League semi-finals last season. Is used to working at a club that cuts its cloth accordingly in the transfer market, selling their best players for huge fees and reinvesting in the squad. Arsenal will not plan on losing players at the frequency of Monaco, but they also have to be realistic about their place in the financial pecking order. Only 43 years old, too. Cons:Far from a compelling personality, Arsenal might want more from their figurehead. Will Arsenal's scouting be as fruitful as Monaco's? Could Patrick Vieira be the man to succeed Arsene Wenger? Credit: AP Patrick Vieira Odds: 33/1 Pros: See Arteta, but with the added advantage of managing a team of his own (New York City in the MLS). A club legend who could galvanise the fan-base, and who will have the instant respect of the players. Cons: His abilities as a coach are very difficult to ascertain. While Vieira's ability as a player is undisputed, he also had a difficult relationship with the club during summer sagas that saw him push for a move, particularly when Real Madrid came calling. Would he do the same as a manager? Odds correct on May 15 and via Betfair/Paddy Power.
Arsene Wenger replacement: Definitive guide to the runners and riders for the new Arsenal manager
Arsenal's announcement that Arsène Wenger will step down as manager after 22 years in charge sent shockwaves through English football. Despite widespread acceptance that a parting of the ways was the correct decision, nobody anticipated the timing of the news. After days of tributes and retrospectives on Wenger's reign, attention turned to who Arsenal would choose to succeed the most successful manager in the club's history. Would it be a legendary former player, a youthful head coach with big ideas or a charismatic manager with stature and gravitas? The search is on, and here is everything you need to know about the process. What are Arsenal looking for? Who better to ask than chief executive Ivan Gazidis? In his press conference at the Emirates the day Wenger's departure was announced, he outlined some of the attributes Arsenal value in a manger (without giving too much away, of course). Gazidis said: What I will say is that it’s important to me that we continue the football values that Arsene has instilled in the club, I want to see someone who can continue that for our fans and our fans want to see that, someone who will continue to play exciting, progressive football that gets people interested and excited in the games we play. I also think there is a significant piece in Arsenal Football Club in how the candidate represents the club and I think it’s important to Arsenal fans. So those qualities. Gazidis also spoke about the importance of a coach who gives opportunities to young players, before adding: I think we’ve got to be open-minded and also brave in the decision. When Arsene was appointed, I don’t think he was on many people’s radar screens. And that doesn’t mean that we have to make an another appointment that not everybody is thinking about and talking about. But it does mean we need to be bold in the appointment and get the person that we believe is the right person. Another priority for Arsenal is finding a candidate who can heal the divisions in the fanbase. Although most supporters were unified in their belief the time was right for change, the last five years and more have been marred by in-fighting among Arsenal fans. So much so that they have become their own online 'meme'. Apathy overtook anger this season, with thousands of season ticket holders staying away and leaving their seats empty. While Arsenal will not make a populist appointment simply to appease the masses, they will want to avoid a corrosive character who will re-open old wounds. Our man Jeremy Wilson reports that Arsenal are exploring 'a range of younger head coach-style options', and want someone 'with the coaching track-record to bring out the best in the existing squad while also progressing the club’s younger players'. Re-uniting the fan base will be one of Arsenal's priorities Credit: Reuters What have Arsenal done previously? One of the most intriguing aspects of the story. Arsenal have not needed to appoint a manager since 1996, so when trying to second guess their intentions we are starting from scratch. New head of football relations Raul Sanllehi oversaw several managerial changes at Barcelona, while new head of recruitment Sven Mislintat has seen coaches come and go at Borussia Dortmund. This is Gazidis' first experience of the process, however. Arsenal as a club do have a history of making the kind of left-field, 'bold' appointments Gazidis spoke of. Wenger himself famously arrived from Japanese club Nagoya Grampus Eight, George Graham was manager of second division Millwall while 1971 double-winner Bertie Mee was a physio. Arsenal surprised everyone with the appointment of Arsene Wenger Credit: ALLSPORT That could be music to the ears of majority shareholder Stan Kroenke, who has had success in another sporting venture by appointing a young up-and-comer. His NFL franchise the LA Rams were stagnant under long-serving coach Jeff Fisher, but their fortunes have been revived by Sean McVay - the youngest coach in NFL history. Some clues for Arsenal fans there, perhaps. Who are the key decision makers? Gazidis, Sanllehi and Mislintat will all have a say, with Matt Law reporting in the Daily Telegraph last month that the trio each have their preferred candidates, which could be a source of tension. Ultimately, it will be down to Gazidis to present Kroenke with their recommendations who will sign off on any decision. Kroenke could be assisted by son Josh, who spent three months in London this year familiarising himself with Arsenal operations. The younger Kroenke is thought to be a key ally of Gazidis, and his opinion could prove important. Father and Son: Stand and Josh Kroenke Credit: Getty Images What do the betting markets suggest? The odds on next Arsenal manager were quite volatile in the weeks before the announcement, as is usually the case in markets with low liquidity (not many bets being matched). The news that Thomas Tuchel is likely to join Paris Saint-Germain has seen him fall out of the running, while Massimiliano Allegri and Zeljko Buvac have moved to the front of the market. Neither favourite looks a cast-iron certainty, however. There have been nibbles on Eddie Howe and Carlo Ancelotti at bigger prices. Change in Arsenal manager odds Buvac is the leading candidate to succeed Wenger What now for Arsene Wenger? Wenger has said he will take a four or five week break at the end of the season to review his future. The Frenchman has expressed a desire to continue working, and will be at the World Cup in Russia as a television pundit. Those who know Wenger say he is still full of enthusiasm and vitality, and the 68-year-old is in good health. There are long-running links to the France job, though Wenger's love of day-to-day work on the training ground could put him off international management. Wenger has said it would be 'difficult' emotionally to manage another Premier League team, but hopes he has not managed his last match in the Champions League. All that suggests he might be open to a European club job. What next for Arsene Wenger - the departing Arsenal manager's possible destinations The contenders Mikel Arteta Odds: 1/3 Pros: The emotional bond fans felt towards Wenger could be maintained with the appointment of a former player, with supporters rooting for 'one of their own'. Not many players are offered jobs by Pep Guardiola, Mauricio Pochettino and Arsenal as soon as they retire so Arteta is obviously a smart cookie. Will have learnt so much in two years under Guardiola and potentially has a very a high ceiling. A club man who will defer to the new structure and hierarchy. Cons: No managerial experience. Arteta has also played alongside several members of Arsenal's squad - how will that affect his ability to make ruthless and difficult decisions? Possible that fans will have little patience with a rookie. Brendan Rodgers Odds: 6/1 Pros:Coaches attractive and progressive football, and has an impressive history of developing young attackers. Led Liverpool to within touching distance of their first title since 1990, and has done all that could be asked of him (and a bit more) at Celtic. Cons:The teeth, the tan, the catchphrases. Arsenal became a running joke in the late-Wenger years, and Rodgers also lends himself to parody. Would be deeply unpopular with the fans, something likely to count against him. His Liverpool side were also beset by defensive weaknesses, the very area Arsenal urgently need improvement. How Arsene Wenger's potential replacements would change Arsenal Massimiliano Allegri Odds: 13/2 Pros: A proven track record at the highest level of European football, Allegri has guided to Juventus to successive Serie A titles and two Champions League finals. Like Wenger, is a highly respected figure within football who would be a classy public face for the club. Already has experience of succeeding as a much-loved manager (Antonio Conte) and won over the Juve fans who were unhappy with his appointment. Would bring a more pragmatic approach to Arsenal's football. Cons: Liverpool and Spurs have bettered Arsenal in the past two seasons with coaches who have a clear playing identity or 'philosophy'. Allegri is not quite like that. The Italian said "You think tackling, passing & running wins in football. Footballing discussions in Italy is all about tactics and theory, you’re ruining the game. You don’t look at players or skills, but only formations. This is what damages our football." His tactical flexibility is a virtue, but there is a school of thought it is best served fine-tuning elite teams. Arsenal are more of a project at present. Carlo Ancelotti Odds: 14/1 Pros: A safe pair of hands who could steer Arsenal through what some believe could be a difficult transition. Essentially, he would ensure the club avoid a 'Moyes' situation. Has managed in England before, winning the double with Chelsea in 2010. A friendly and avuncular figure who the fans would warm too. Cons: Too similar to Wenger in his methods. Arsenal watchers have long felt their players suffer due to a lack of prescriptive coaching, with Wenger leaving them to find their own solutions. Ancelotti is also more of a manager than a coach, and a laissez-faire approach could result in more of the same. Luis Enrique won the treble at Barcelona Credit: Getty Images Luis Enrique Odds: 12/1 Pros: Has a crystal clear idea of how he wants football to be played, and won the treble at Barcelona. Enrique has a working relationship with Sanllehi, and unlike other names on this list has experience of managing a big European club. Cons: A disastrous spell at Roma is a black mark on his CV, and reports suggest he will make huge financial demands both contractually and in the transfer market. Enrique can also be a spiky and abrasive character who had frequent run-ins with the press at Barcelona. While Wenger was no stranger to the odd moan, he was also a master of charm in press conferences. Moreover, while it would be ridiculous to say managing Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar is 'easy', it does make his work at the Nou Camp difficult to assess. Zeljko Buvac is a surprise candidate Credit: Reuters Julian Nagelsmann Odds: 14/1 Pros:A possible dark horse who ticks plenty of Arsenal's boxes. Was appointed Hoffenheim head coach at the age of 28 in 2015, leading them away from relegation trouble in his first season and qualifying for the Champions League in his second. Coaches a dynamic, energetic style based on fast recoveries of possession and looks a huge prospect. Would fit into Arsenal's structure seamlessly, and is another networked German. Cons: The move might be two or three years too soon for him. Nagelsmann might be better off developing elsewhere. Zeljko Buvac Odds: 20/1 Pros: Known as 'The Brain', Buvac is a highly-regarded coach with an intimate knowledge of Arsenal and the Premier League working as Jurgen Klopp's No.2 at Liverpool. Buvac would not demand a transfer warchest - his priority would be getting Arsenal training methods up to speed and extracting the most out of a talented, if unbalanced, squad. Would bring ideas and necessary organisation to Arsenal's play. Cons: Has not managed since 2001, does not speak English and has never dealt with media commitments. It seems slightly strange that a 57-year-old has not gone it alone before if he really had managerial ambitions. A significant section of the fanbase would greet him with scepticism. Eddie Howe Odds: 25/1 Pros: See Rodgers. There is no faulting his work at Bournemouth, and Arsenal just might be attracted to the idea of swimming against the stream and appointing an English manager. Cons: It would feel a bit 'Moyes-ey'. A spell at Burnley did not quite work out for Howe, raising suspicions he might be uniquely suited to Bournemouth. No big club experience. Like Rodgers, his teams also leak cheap goals. Who will replace Arsene Wenger at Arsenal? Joachim Löw Odds: 33/1 Pros: He's a world champion, and has also built a successful team around Mesut Özil. With Per Mertesacker as head of the academy and Arsenal's recent purchases from the Bundesliga, there are obvious connections. Tactically fluid. Cons: Löw has not managed at club level since he left Austria Vienna in 2004, and the demands of a top club job are very different to guiding a team through a summer tournament. Leonardo Jardim Odds: 33/1 Pros: Some of the brightest talents in European football have passed through Jardim's hands at Monaco, and he stitched them together in a stylish team that won Ligue 1 and reached the Champions League semi-finals last season. Is used to working at a club that cuts its cloth accordingly in the transfer market, selling their best players for huge fees and reinvesting in the squad. Arsenal will not plan on losing players at the frequency of Monaco, but they also have to be realistic about their place in the financial pecking order. Only 43 years old, too. Cons:Far from a compelling personality, Arsenal might want more from their figurehead. Will Arsenal's scouting be as fruitful as Monaco's? Could Patrick Vieira be the man to succeed Arsene Wenger? Credit: AP Patrick Vieira Odds: 33/1 Pros: See Arteta, but with the added advantage of managing a team of his own (New York City in the MLS). A club legend who could galvanise the fan-base, and who will have the instant respect of the players. Cons: His abilities as a coach are very difficult to ascertain. While Vieira's ability as a player is undisputed, he also had a difficult relationship with the club during summer sagas that saw him push for a move, particularly when Real Madrid came calling. Would he do the same as a manager? Odds correct on May 15 and via Betfair/Paddy Power.
Arsenal's announcement that Arsène Wenger will step down as manager after 22 years in charge sent shockwaves through English football. Despite widespread acceptance that a parting of the ways was the correct decision, nobody anticipated the timing of the news. After days of tributes and retrospectives on Wenger's reign, attention turned to who Arsenal would choose to succeed the most successful manager in the club's history. Would it be a legendary former player, a youthful head coach with big ideas or a charismatic manager with stature and gravitas? The search is on, and here is everything you need to know about the process. What are Arsenal looking for? Who better to ask than chief executive Ivan Gazidis? In his press conference at the Emirates the day Wenger's departure was announced, he outlined some of the attributes Arsenal value in a manger (without giving too much away, of course). Gazidis said: What I will say is that it’s important to me that we continue the football values that Arsene has instilled in the club, I want to see someone who can continue that for our fans and our fans want to see that, someone who will continue to play exciting, progressive football that gets people interested and excited in the games we play. I also think there is a significant piece in Arsenal Football Club in how the candidate represents the club and I think it’s important to Arsenal fans. So those qualities. Gazidis also spoke about the importance of a coach who gives opportunities to young players, before adding: I think we’ve got to be open-minded and also brave in the decision. When Arsene was appointed, I don’t think he was on many people’s radar screens. And that doesn’t mean that we have to make an another appointment that not everybody is thinking about and talking about. But it does mean we need to be bold in the appointment and get the person that we believe is the right person. Another priority for Arsenal is finding a candidate who can heal the divisions in the fanbase. Although most supporters were unified in their belief the time was right for change, the last five years and more have been marred by in-fighting among Arsenal fans. So much so that they have become their own online 'meme'. Apathy overtook anger this season, with thousands of season ticket holders staying away and leaving their seats empty. While Arsenal will not make a populist appointment simply to appease the masses, they will want to avoid a corrosive character who will re-open old wounds. Our man Jeremy Wilson reports that Arsenal are exploring 'a range of younger head coach-style options', and want someone 'with the coaching track-record to bring out the best in the existing squad while also progressing the club’s younger players'. Re-uniting the fan base will be one of Arsenal's priorities Credit: Reuters What have Arsenal done previously? One of the most intriguing aspects of the story. Arsenal have not needed to appoint a manager since 1996, so when trying to second guess their intentions we are starting from scratch. New head of football relations Raul Sanllehi oversaw several managerial changes at Barcelona, while new head of recruitment Sven Mislintat has seen coaches come and go at Borussia Dortmund. This is Gazidis' first experience of the process, however. Arsenal as a club do have a history of making the kind of left-field, 'bold' appointments Gazidis spoke of. Wenger himself famously arrived from Japanese club Nagoya Grampus Eight, George Graham was manager of second division Millwall while 1971 double-winner Bertie Mee was a physio. Arsenal surprised everyone with the appointment of Arsene Wenger Credit: ALLSPORT That could be music to the ears of majority shareholder Stan Kroenke, who has had success in another sporting venture by appointing a young up-and-comer. His NFL franchise the LA Rams were stagnant under long-serving coach Jeff Fisher, but their fortunes have been revived by Sean McVay - the youngest coach in NFL history. Some clues for Arsenal fans there, perhaps. Who are the key decision makers? Gazidis, Sanllehi and Mislintat will all have a say, with Matt Law reporting in the Daily Telegraph last month that the trio each have their preferred candidates, which could be a source of tension. Ultimately, it will be down to Gazidis to present Kroenke with their recommendations who will sign off on any decision. Kroenke could be assisted by son Josh, who spent three months in London this year familiarising himself with Arsenal operations. The younger Kroenke is thought to be a key ally of Gazidis, and his opinion could prove important. Father and Son: Stand and Josh Kroenke Credit: Getty Images What do the betting markets suggest? The odds on next Arsenal manager were quite volatile in the weeks before the announcement, as is usually the case in markets with low liquidity (not many bets being matched). The news that Thomas Tuchel is likely to join Paris Saint-Germain has seen him fall out of the running, while Massimiliano Allegri and Zeljko Buvac have moved to the front of the market. Neither favourite looks a cast-iron certainty, however. There have been nibbles on Eddie Howe and Carlo Ancelotti at bigger prices. Change in Arsenal manager odds Buvac is the leading candidate to succeed Wenger What now for Arsene Wenger? Wenger has said he will take a four or five week break at the end of the season to review his future. The Frenchman has expressed a desire to continue working, and will be at the World Cup in Russia as a television pundit. Those who know Wenger say he is still full of enthusiasm and vitality, and the 68-year-old is in good health. There are long-running links to the France job, though Wenger's love of day-to-day work on the training ground could put him off international management. Wenger has said it would be 'difficult' emotionally to manage another Premier League team, but hopes he has not managed his last match in the Champions League. All that suggests he might be open to a European club job. What next for Arsene Wenger - the departing Arsenal manager's possible destinations The contenders Mikel Arteta Odds: 1/3 Pros: The emotional bond fans felt towards Wenger could be maintained with the appointment of a former player, with supporters rooting for 'one of their own'. Not many players are offered jobs by Pep Guardiola, Mauricio Pochettino and Arsenal as soon as they retire so Arteta is obviously a smart cookie. Will have learnt so much in two years under Guardiola and potentially has a very a high ceiling. A club man who will defer to the new structure and hierarchy. Cons: No managerial experience. Arteta has also played alongside several members of Arsenal's squad - how will that affect his ability to make ruthless and difficult decisions? Possible that fans will have little patience with a rookie. Brendan Rodgers Odds: 6/1 Pros:Coaches attractive and progressive football, and has an impressive history of developing young attackers. Led Liverpool to within touching distance of their first title since 1990, and has done all that could be asked of him (and a bit more) at Celtic. Cons:The teeth, the tan, the catchphrases. Arsenal became a running joke in the late-Wenger years, and Rodgers also lends himself to parody. Would be deeply unpopular with the fans, something likely to count against him. His Liverpool side were also beset by defensive weaknesses, the very area Arsenal urgently need improvement. How Arsene Wenger's potential replacements would change Arsenal Massimiliano Allegri Odds: 13/2 Pros: A proven track record at the highest level of European football, Allegri has guided to Juventus to successive Serie A titles and two Champions League finals. Like Wenger, is a highly respected figure within football who would be a classy public face for the club. Already has experience of succeeding as a much-loved manager (Antonio Conte) and won over the Juve fans who were unhappy with his appointment. Would bring a more pragmatic approach to Arsenal's football. Cons: Liverpool and Spurs have bettered Arsenal in the past two seasons with coaches who have a clear playing identity or 'philosophy'. Allegri is not quite like that. The Italian said "You think tackling, passing & running wins in football. Footballing discussions in Italy is all about tactics and theory, you’re ruining the game. You don’t look at players or skills, but only formations. This is what damages our football." His tactical flexibility is a virtue, but there is a school of thought it is best served fine-tuning elite teams. Arsenal are more of a project at present. Carlo Ancelotti Odds: 14/1 Pros: A safe pair of hands who could steer Arsenal through what some believe could be a difficult transition. Essentially, he would ensure the club avoid a 'Moyes' situation. Has managed in England before, winning the double with Chelsea in 2010. A friendly and avuncular figure who the fans would warm too. Cons: Too similar to Wenger in his methods. Arsenal watchers have long felt their players suffer due to a lack of prescriptive coaching, with Wenger leaving them to find their own solutions. Ancelotti is also more of a manager than a coach, and a laissez-faire approach could result in more of the same. Luis Enrique won the treble at Barcelona Credit: Getty Images Luis Enrique Odds: 12/1 Pros: Has a crystal clear idea of how he wants football to be played, and won the treble at Barcelona. Enrique has a working relationship with Sanllehi, and unlike other names on this list has experience of managing a big European club. Cons: A disastrous spell at Roma is a black mark on his CV, and reports suggest he will make huge financial demands both contractually and in the transfer market. Enrique can also be a spiky and abrasive character who had frequent run-ins with the press at Barcelona. While Wenger was no stranger to the odd moan, he was also a master of charm in press conferences. Moreover, while it would be ridiculous to say managing Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar is 'easy', it does make his work at the Nou Camp difficult to assess. Zeljko Buvac is a surprise candidate Credit: Reuters Julian Nagelsmann Odds: 14/1 Pros:A possible dark horse who ticks plenty of Arsenal's boxes. Was appointed Hoffenheim head coach at the age of 28 in 2015, leading them away from relegation trouble in his first season and qualifying for the Champions League in his second. Coaches a dynamic, energetic style based on fast recoveries of possession and looks a huge prospect. Would fit into Arsenal's structure seamlessly, and is another networked German. Cons: The move might be two or three years too soon for him. Nagelsmann might be better off developing elsewhere. Zeljko Buvac Odds: 20/1 Pros: Known as 'The Brain', Buvac is a highly-regarded coach with an intimate knowledge of Arsenal and the Premier League working as Jurgen Klopp's No.2 at Liverpool. Buvac would not demand a transfer warchest - his priority would be getting Arsenal training methods up to speed and extracting the most out of a talented, if unbalanced, squad. Would bring ideas and necessary organisation to Arsenal's play. Cons: Has not managed since 2001, does not speak English and has never dealt with media commitments. It seems slightly strange that a 57-year-old has not gone it alone before if he really had managerial ambitions. A significant section of the fanbase would greet him with scepticism. Eddie Howe Odds: 25/1 Pros: See Rodgers. There is no faulting his work at Bournemouth, and Arsenal just might be attracted to the idea of swimming against the stream and appointing an English manager. Cons: It would feel a bit 'Moyes-ey'. A spell at Burnley did not quite work out for Howe, raising suspicions he might be uniquely suited to Bournemouth. No big club experience. Like Rodgers, his teams also leak cheap goals. Who will replace Arsene Wenger at Arsenal? Joachim Löw Odds: 33/1 Pros: He's a world champion, and has also built a successful team around Mesut Özil. With Per Mertesacker as head of the academy and Arsenal's recent purchases from the Bundesliga, there are obvious connections. Tactically fluid. Cons: Löw has not managed at club level since he left Austria Vienna in 2004, and the demands of a top club job are very different to guiding a team through a summer tournament. Leonardo Jardim Odds: 33/1 Pros: Some of the brightest talents in European football have passed through Jardim's hands at Monaco, and he stitched them together in a stylish team that won Ligue 1 and reached the Champions League semi-finals last season. Is used to working at a club that cuts its cloth accordingly in the transfer market, selling their best players for huge fees and reinvesting in the squad. Arsenal will not plan on losing players at the frequency of Monaco, but they also have to be realistic about their place in the financial pecking order. Only 43 years old, too. Cons:Far from a compelling personality, Arsenal might want more from their figurehead. Will Arsenal's scouting be as fruitful as Monaco's? Could Patrick Vieira be the man to succeed Arsene Wenger? Credit: AP Patrick Vieira Odds: 33/1 Pros: See Arteta, but with the added advantage of managing a team of his own (New York City in the MLS). A club legend who could galvanise the fan-base, and who will have the instant respect of the players. Cons: His abilities as a coach are very difficult to ascertain. While Vieira's ability as a player is undisputed, he also had a difficult relationship with the club during summer sagas that saw him push for a move, particularly when Real Madrid came calling. Would he do the same as a manager? Odds correct on May 15 and via Betfair/Paddy Power.
Arsene Wenger replacement: Definitive guide to the runners and riders for the new Arsenal manager
Arsenal's announcement that Arsène Wenger will step down as manager after 22 years in charge sent shockwaves through English football. Despite widespread acceptance that a parting of the ways was the correct decision, nobody anticipated the timing of the news. After days of tributes and retrospectives on Wenger's reign, attention turned to who Arsenal would choose to succeed the most successful manager in the club's history. Would it be a legendary former player, a youthful head coach with big ideas or a charismatic manager with stature and gravitas? The search is on, and here is everything you need to know about the process. What are Arsenal looking for? Who better to ask than chief executive Ivan Gazidis? In his press conference at the Emirates the day Wenger's departure was announced, he outlined some of the attributes Arsenal value in a manger (without giving too much away, of course). Gazidis said: What I will say is that it’s important to me that we continue the football values that Arsene has instilled in the club, I want to see someone who can continue that for our fans and our fans want to see that, someone who will continue to play exciting, progressive football that gets people interested and excited in the games we play. I also think there is a significant piece in Arsenal Football Club in how the candidate represents the club and I think it’s important to Arsenal fans. So those qualities. Gazidis also spoke about the importance of a coach who gives opportunities to young players, before adding: I think we’ve got to be open-minded and also brave in the decision. When Arsene was appointed, I don’t think he was on many people’s radar screens. And that doesn’t mean that we have to make an another appointment that not everybody is thinking about and talking about. But it does mean we need to be bold in the appointment and get the person that we believe is the right person. Another priority for Arsenal is finding a candidate who can heal the divisions in the fanbase. Although most supporters were unified in their belief the time was right for change, the last five years and more have been marred by in-fighting among Arsenal fans. So much so that they have become their own online 'meme'. Apathy overtook anger this season, with thousands of season ticket holders staying away and leaving their seats empty. While Arsenal will not make a populist appointment simply to appease the masses, they will want to avoid a corrosive character who will re-open old wounds. Our man Jeremy Wilson reports that Arsenal are exploring 'a range of younger head coach-style options', and want someone 'with the coaching track-record to bring out the best in the existing squad while also progressing the club’s younger players'. Re-uniting the fan base will be one of Arsenal's priorities Credit: Reuters What have Arsenal done previously? One of the most intriguing aspects of the story. Arsenal have not needed to appoint a manager since 1996, so when trying to second guess their intentions we are starting from scratch. New head of football relations Raul Sanllehi oversaw several managerial changes at Barcelona, while new head of recruitment Sven Mislintat has seen coaches come and go at Borussia Dortmund. This is Gazidis' first experience of the process, however. Arsenal as a club do have a history of making the kind of left-field, 'bold' appointments Gazidis spoke of. Wenger himself famously arrived from Japanese club Nagoya Grampus Eight, George Graham was manager of second division Millwall while 1971 double-winner Bertie Mee was a physio. Arsenal surprised everyone with the appointment of Arsene Wenger Credit: ALLSPORT That could be music to the ears of majority shareholder Stan Kroenke, who has had success in another sporting venture by appointing a young up-and-comer. His NFL franchise the LA Rams were stagnant under long-serving coach Jeff Fisher, but their fortunes have been revived by Sean McVay - the youngest coach in NFL history. Some clues for Arsenal fans there, perhaps. Who are the key decision makers? Gazidis, Sanllehi and Mislintat will all have a say, with Matt Law reporting in the Daily Telegraph last month that the trio each have their preferred candidates, which could be a source of tension. Ultimately, it will be down to Gazidis to present Kroenke with their recommendations who will sign off on any decision. Kroenke could be assisted by son Josh, who spent three months in London this year familiarising himself with Arsenal operations. The younger Kroenke is thought to be a key ally of Gazidis, and his opinion could prove important. Father and Son: Stand and Josh Kroenke Credit: Getty Images What do the betting markets suggest? The odds on next Arsenal manager were quite volatile in the weeks before the announcement, as is usually the case in markets with low liquidity (not many bets being matched). The news that Thomas Tuchel is likely to join Paris Saint-Germain has seen him fall out of the running, while Massimiliano Allegri and Zeljko Buvac have moved to the front of the market. Neither favourite looks a cast-iron certainty, however. There have been nibbles on Eddie Howe and Carlo Ancelotti at bigger prices. Change in Arsenal manager odds Buvac is the leading candidate to succeed Wenger What now for Arsene Wenger? Wenger has said he will take a four or five week break at the end of the season to review his future. The Frenchman has expressed a desire to continue working, and will be at the World Cup in Russia as a television pundit. Those who know Wenger say he is still full of enthusiasm and vitality, and the 68-year-old is in good health. There are long-running links to the France job, though Wenger's love of day-to-day work on the training ground could put him off international management. Wenger has said it would be 'difficult' emotionally to manage another Premier League team, but hopes he has not managed his last match in the Champions League. All that suggests he might be open to a European club job. What next for Arsene Wenger - the departing Arsenal manager's possible destinations The contenders Mikel Arteta Odds: 1/3 Pros: The emotional bond fans felt towards Wenger could be maintained with the appointment of a former player, with supporters rooting for 'one of their own'. Not many players are offered jobs by Pep Guardiola, Mauricio Pochettino and Arsenal as soon as they retire so Arteta is obviously a smart cookie. Will have learnt so much in two years under Guardiola and potentially has a very a high ceiling. A club man who will defer to the new structure and hierarchy. Cons: No managerial experience. Arteta has also played alongside several members of Arsenal's squad - how will that affect his ability to make ruthless and difficult decisions? Possible that fans will have little patience with a rookie. Brendan Rodgers Odds: 6/1 Pros:Coaches attractive and progressive football, and has an impressive history of developing young attackers. Led Liverpool to within touching distance of their first title since 1990, and has done all that could be asked of him (and a bit more) at Celtic. Cons:The teeth, the tan, the catchphrases. Arsenal became a running joke in the late-Wenger years, and Rodgers also lends himself to parody. Would be deeply unpopular with the fans, something likely to count against him. His Liverpool side were also beset by defensive weaknesses, the very area Arsenal urgently need improvement. How Arsene Wenger's potential replacements would change Arsenal Massimiliano Allegri Odds: 13/2 Pros: A proven track record at the highest level of European football, Allegri has guided to Juventus to successive Serie A titles and two Champions League finals. Like Wenger, is a highly respected figure within football who would be a classy public face for the club. Already has experience of succeeding as a much-loved manager (Antonio Conte) and won over the Juve fans who were unhappy with his appointment. Would bring a more pragmatic approach to Arsenal's football. Cons: Liverpool and Spurs have bettered Arsenal in the past two seasons with coaches who have a clear playing identity or 'philosophy'. Allegri is not quite like that. The Italian said "You think tackling, passing & running wins in football. Footballing discussions in Italy is all about tactics and theory, you’re ruining the game. You don’t look at players or skills, but only formations. This is what damages our football." His tactical flexibility is a virtue, but there is a school of thought it is best served fine-tuning elite teams. Arsenal are more of a project at present. Carlo Ancelotti Odds: 14/1 Pros: A safe pair of hands who could steer Arsenal through what some believe could be a difficult transition. Essentially, he would ensure the club avoid a 'Moyes' situation. Has managed in England before, winning the double with Chelsea in 2010. A friendly and avuncular figure who the fans would warm too. Cons: Too similar to Wenger in his methods. Arsenal watchers have long felt their players suffer due to a lack of prescriptive coaching, with Wenger leaving them to find their own solutions. Ancelotti is also more of a manager than a coach, and a laissez-faire approach could result in more of the same. Luis Enrique won the treble at Barcelona Credit: Getty Images Luis Enrique Odds: 12/1 Pros: Has a crystal clear idea of how he wants football to be played, and won the treble at Barcelona. Enrique has a working relationship with Sanllehi, and unlike other names on this list has experience of managing a big European club. Cons: A disastrous spell at Roma is a black mark on his CV, and reports suggest he will make huge financial demands both contractually and in the transfer market. Enrique can also be a spiky and abrasive character who had frequent run-ins with the press at Barcelona. While Wenger was no stranger to the odd moan, he was also a master of charm in press conferences. Moreover, while it would be ridiculous to say managing Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar is 'easy', it does make his work at the Nou Camp difficult to assess. Zeljko Buvac is a surprise candidate Credit: Reuters Julian Nagelsmann Odds: 14/1 Pros:A possible dark horse who ticks plenty of Arsenal's boxes. Was appointed Hoffenheim head coach at the age of 28 in 2015, leading them away from relegation trouble in his first season and qualifying for the Champions League in his second. Coaches a dynamic, energetic style based on fast recoveries of possession and looks a huge prospect. Would fit into Arsenal's structure seamlessly, and is another networked German. Cons: The move might be two or three years too soon for him. Nagelsmann might be better off developing elsewhere. Zeljko Buvac Odds: 20/1 Pros: Known as 'The Brain', Buvac is a highly-regarded coach with an intimate knowledge of Arsenal and the Premier League working as Jurgen Klopp's No.2 at Liverpool. Buvac would not demand a transfer warchest - his priority would be getting Arsenal training methods up to speed and extracting the most out of a talented, if unbalanced, squad. Would bring ideas and necessary organisation to Arsenal's play. Cons: Has not managed since 2001, does not speak English and has never dealt with media commitments. It seems slightly strange that a 57-year-old has not gone it alone before if he really had managerial ambitions. A significant section of the fanbase would greet him with scepticism. Eddie Howe Odds: 25/1 Pros: See Rodgers. There is no faulting his work at Bournemouth, and Arsenal just might be attracted to the idea of swimming against the stream and appointing an English manager. Cons: It would feel a bit 'Moyes-ey'. A spell at Burnley did not quite work out for Howe, raising suspicions he might be uniquely suited to Bournemouth. No big club experience. Like Rodgers, his teams also leak cheap goals. Who will replace Arsene Wenger at Arsenal? Joachim Löw Odds: 33/1 Pros: He's a world champion, and has also built a successful team around Mesut Özil. With Per Mertesacker as head of the academy and Arsenal's recent purchases from the Bundesliga, there are obvious connections. Tactically fluid. Cons: Löw has not managed at club level since he left Austria Vienna in 2004, and the demands of a top club job are very different to guiding a team through a summer tournament. Leonardo Jardim Odds: 33/1 Pros: Some of the brightest talents in European football have passed through Jardim's hands at Monaco, and he stitched them together in a stylish team that won Ligue 1 and reached the Champions League semi-finals last season. Is used to working at a club that cuts its cloth accordingly in the transfer market, selling their best players for huge fees and reinvesting in the squad. Arsenal will not plan on losing players at the frequency of Monaco, but they also have to be realistic about their place in the financial pecking order. Only 43 years old, too. Cons:Far from a compelling personality, Arsenal might want more from their figurehead. Will Arsenal's scouting be as fruitful as Monaco's? Could Patrick Vieira be the man to succeed Arsene Wenger? Credit: AP Patrick Vieira Odds: 33/1 Pros: See Arteta, but with the added advantage of managing a team of his own (New York City in the MLS). A club legend who could galvanise the fan-base, and who will have the instant respect of the players. Cons: His abilities as a coach are very difficult to ascertain. While Vieira's ability as a player is undisputed, he also had a difficult relationship with the club during summer sagas that saw him push for a move, particularly when Real Madrid came calling. Would he do the same as a manager? Odds correct on May 15 and via Betfair/Paddy Power.
Arsenal's announcement that Arsène Wenger will step down as manager after 22 years in charge sent shockwaves through English football. Despite widespread acceptance that a parting of the ways was the correct decision, nobody anticipated the timing of the news. After days of tributes and retrospectives on Wenger's reign, attention turned to who Arsenal would choose to succeed the most successful manager in the club's history. Would it be a legendary former player, a youthful head coach with big ideas or a charismatic manager with stature and gravitas? The search is on, and here is everything you need to know about the process. What are Arsenal looking for? Who better to ask than chief executive Ivan Gazidis? In his press conference at the Emirates the day Wenger's departure was announced, he outlined some of the attributes Arsenal value in a manger (without giving too much away, of course). Gazidis said: What I will say is that it’s important to me that we continue the football values that Arsene has instilled in the club, I want to see someone who can continue that for our fans and our fans want to see that, someone who will continue to play exciting, progressive football that gets people interested and excited in the games we play. I also think there is a significant piece in Arsenal Football Club in how the candidate represents the club and I think it’s important to Arsenal fans. So those qualities. Gazidis also spoke about the importance of a coach who gives opportunities to young players, before adding: I think we’ve got to be open-minded and also brave in the decision. When Arsene was appointed, I don’t think he was on many people’s radar screens. And that doesn’t mean that we have to make an another appointment that not everybody is thinking about and talking about. But it does mean we need to be bold in the appointment and get the person that we believe is the right person. Another priority for Arsenal is finding a candidate who can heal the divisions in the fanbase. Although most supporters were unified in their belief the time was right for change, the last five years and more have been marred by in-fighting among Arsenal fans. So much so that they have become their own online 'meme'. Apathy overtook anger this season, with thousands of season ticket holders staying away and leaving their seats empty. While Arsenal will not make a populist appointment simply to appease the masses, they will want to avoid a corrosive character who will re-open old wounds. Our man Jeremy Wilson reports that Arsenal are exploring 'a range of younger head coach-style options', and want someone 'with the coaching track-record to bring out the best in the existing squad while also progressing the club’s younger players'. Re-uniting the fan base will be one of Arsenal's priorities Credit: Reuters What have Arsenal done previously? One of the most intriguing aspects of the story. Arsenal have not needed to appoint a manager since 1996, so when trying to second guess their intentions we are starting from scratch. New head of football relations Raul Sanllehi oversaw several managerial changes at Barcelona, while new head of recruitment Sven Mislintat has seen coaches come and go at Borussia Dortmund. This is Gazidis' first experience of the process, however. Arsenal as a club do have a history of making the kind of left-field, 'bold' appointments Gazidis spoke of. Wenger himself famously arrived from Japanese club Nagoya Grampus Eight, George Graham was manager of second division Millwall while 1971 double-winner Bertie Mee was a physio. Arsenal surprised everyone with the appointment of Arsene Wenger Credit: ALLSPORT That could be music to the ears of majority shareholder Stan Kroenke, who has had success in another sporting venture by appointing a young up-and-comer. His NFL franchise the LA Rams were stagnant under long-serving coach Jeff Fisher, but their fortunes have been revived by Sean McVay - the youngest coach in NFL history. Some clues for Arsenal fans there, perhaps. Who are the key decision makers? Gazidis, Sanllehi and Mislintat will all have a say, with Matt Law reporting in the Daily Telegraph last month that the trio each have their preferred candidates, which could be a source of tension. Ultimately, it will be down to Gazidis to present Kroenke with their recommendations who will sign off on any decision. Kroenke could be assisted by son Josh, who spent three months in London this year familiarising himself with Arsenal operations. The younger Kroenke is thought to be a key ally of Gazidis, and his opinion could prove important. Father and Son: Stand and Josh Kroenke Credit: Getty Images What do the betting markets suggest? The odds on next Arsenal manager were quite volatile in the weeks before the announcement, as is usually the case in markets with low liquidity (not many bets being matched). The news that Thomas Tuchel is likely to join Paris Saint-Germain has seen him fall out of the running, while Massimiliano Allegri and Zeljko Buvac have moved to the front of the market. Neither favourite looks a cast-iron certainty, however. There have been nibbles on Eddie Howe and Carlo Ancelotti at bigger prices. Change in Arsenal manager odds Buvac is the leading candidate to succeed Wenger What now for Arsene Wenger? Wenger has said he will take a four or five week break at the end of the season to review his future. The Frenchman has expressed a desire to continue working, and will be at the World Cup in Russia as a television pundit. Those who know Wenger say he is still full of enthusiasm and vitality, and the 68-year-old is in good health. There are long-running links to the France job, though Wenger's love of day-to-day work on the training ground could put him off international management. Wenger has said it would be 'difficult' emotionally to manage another Premier League team, but hopes he has not managed his last match in the Champions League. All that suggests he might be open to a European club job. What next for Arsene Wenger - the departing Arsenal manager's possible destinations The contenders Mikel Arteta Odds: 1/3 Pros: The emotional bond fans felt towards Wenger could be maintained with the appointment of a former player, with supporters rooting for 'one of their own'. Not many players are offered jobs by Pep Guardiola, Mauricio Pochettino and Arsenal as soon as they retire so Arteta is obviously a smart cookie. Will have learnt so much in two years under Guardiola and potentially has a very a high ceiling. A club man who will defer to the new structure and hierarchy. Cons: No managerial experience. Arteta has also played alongside several members of Arsenal's squad - how will that affect his ability to make ruthless and difficult decisions? Possible that fans will have little patience with a rookie. Brendan Rodgers Odds: 6/1 Pros:Coaches attractive and progressive football, and has an impressive history of developing young attackers. Led Liverpool to within touching distance of their first title since 1990, and has done all that could be asked of him (and a bit more) at Celtic. Cons:The teeth, the tan, the catchphrases. Arsenal became a running joke in the late-Wenger years, and Rodgers also lends himself to parody. Would be deeply unpopular with the fans, something likely to count against him. His Liverpool side were also beset by defensive weaknesses, the very area Arsenal urgently need improvement. How Arsene Wenger's potential replacements would change Arsenal Massimiliano Allegri Odds: 13/2 Pros: A proven track record at the highest level of European football, Allegri has guided to Juventus to successive Serie A titles and two Champions League finals. Like Wenger, is a highly respected figure within football who would be a classy public face for the club. Already has experience of succeeding as a much-loved manager (Antonio Conte) and won over the Juve fans who were unhappy with his appointment. Would bring a more pragmatic approach to Arsenal's football. Cons: Liverpool and Spurs have bettered Arsenal in the past two seasons with coaches who have a clear playing identity or 'philosophy'. Allegri is not quite like that. The Italian said "You think tackling, passing & running wins in football. Footballing discussions in Italy is all about tactics and theory, you’re ruining the game. You don’t look at players or skills, but only formations. This is what damages our football." His tactical flexibility is a virtue, but there is a school of thought it is best served fine-tuning elite teams. Arsenal are more of a project at present. Carlo Ancelotti Odds: 14/1 Pros: A safe pair of hands who could steer Arsenal through what some believe could be a difficult transition. Essentially, he would ensure the club avoid a 'Moyes' situation. Has managed in England before, winning the double with Chelsea in 2010. A friendly and avuncular figure who the fans would warm too. Cons: Too similar to Wenger in his methods. Arsenal watchers have long felt their players suffer due to a lack of prescriptive coaching, with Wenger leaving them to find their own solutions. Ancelotti is also more of a manager than a coach, and a laissez-faire approach could result in more of the same. Luis Enrique won the treble at Barcelona Credit: Getty Images Luis Enrique Odds: 12/1 Pros: Has a crystal clear idea of how he wants football to be played, and won the treble at Barcelona. Enrique has a working relationship with Sanllehi, and unlike other names on this list has experience of managing a big European club. Cons: A disastrous spell at Roma is a black mark on his CV, and reports suggest he will make huge financial demands both contractually and in the transfer market. Enrique can also be a spiky and abrasive character who had frequent run-ins with the press at Barcelona. While Wenger was no stranger to the odd moan, he was also a master of charm in press conferences. Moreover, while it would be ridiculous to say managing Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar is 'easy', it does make his work at the Nou Camp difficult to assess. Zeljko Buvac is a surprise candidate Credit: Reuters Julian Nagelsmann Odds: 14/1 Pros:A possible dark horse who ticks plenty of Arsenal's boxes. Was appointed Hoffenheim head coach at the age of 28 in 2015, leading them away from relegation trouble in his first season and qualifying for the Champions League in his second. Coaches a dynamic, energetic style based on fast recoveries of possession and looks a huge prospect. Would fit into Arsenal's structure seamlessly, and is another networked German. Cons: The move might be two or three years too soon for him. Nagelsmann might be better off developing elsewhere. Zeljko Buvac Odds: 20/1 Pros: Known as 'The Brain', Buvac is a highly-regarded coach with an intimate knowledge of Arsenal and the Premier League working as Jurgen Klopp's No.2 at Liverpool. Buvac would not demand a transfer warchest - his priority would be getting Arsenal training methods up to speed and extracting the most out of a talented, if unbalanced, squad. Would bring ideas and necessary organisation to Arsenal's play. Cons: Has not managed since 2001, does not speak English and has never dealt with media commitments. It seems slightly strange that a 57-year-old has not gone it alone before if he really had managerial ambitions. A significant section of the fanbase would greet him with scepticism. Eddie Howe Odds: 25/1 Pros: See Rodgers. There is no faulting his work at Bournemouth, and Arsenal just might be attracted to the idea of swimming against the stream and appointing an English manager. Cons: It would feel a bit 'Moyes-ey'. A spell at Burnley did not quite work out for Howe, raising suspicions he might be uniquely suited to Bournemouth. No big club experience. Like Rodgers, his teams also leak cheap goals. Who will replace Arsene Wenger at Arsenal? Joachim Löw Odds: 33/1 Pros: He's a world champion, and has also built a successful team around Mesut Özil. With Per Mertesacker as head of the academy and Arsenal's recent purchases from the Bundesliga, there are obvious connections. Tactically fluid. Cons: Löw has not managed at club level since he left Austria Vienna in 2004, and the demands of a top club job are very different to guiding a team through a summer tournament. Leonardo Jardim Odds: 33/1 Pros: Some of the brightest talents in European football have passed through Jardim's hands at Monaco, and he stitched them together in a stylish team that won Ligue 1 and reached the Champions League semi-finals last season. Is used to working at a club that cuts its cloth accordingly in the transfer market, selling their best players for huge fees and reinvesting in the squad. Arsenal will not plan on losing players at the frequency of Monaco, but they also have to be realistic about their place in the financial pecking order. Only 43 years old, too. Cons:Far from a compelling personality, Arsenal might want more from their figurehead. Will Arsenal's scouting be as fruitful as Monaco's? Could Patrick Vieira be the man to succeed Arsene Wenger? Credit: AP Patrick Vieira Odds: 33/1 Pros: See Arteta, but with the added advantage of managing a team of his own (New York City in the MLS). A club legend who could galvanise the fan-base, and who will have the instant respect of the players. Cons: His abilities as a coach are very difficult to ascertain. While Vieira's ability as a player is undisputed, he also had a difficult relationship with the club during summer sagas that saw him push for a move, particularly when Real Madrid came calling. Would he do the same as a manager? Odds correct on May 15 and via Betfair/Paddy Power.
Arsene Wenger replacement: Definitive guide to the runners and riders for the new Arsenal manager
Arsenal's announcement that Arsène Wenger will step down as manager after 22 years in charge sent shockwaves through English football. Despite widespread acceptance that a parting of the ways was the correct decision, nobody anticipated the timing of the news. After days of tributes and retrospectives on Wenger's reign, attention turned to who Arsenal would choose to succeed the most successful manager in the club's history. Would it be a legendary former player, a youthful head coach with big ideas or a charismatic manager with stature and gravitas? The search is on, and here is everything you need to know about the process. What are Arsenal looking for? Who better to ask than chief executive Ivan Gazidis? In his press conference at the Emirates the day Wenger's departure was announced, he outlined some of the attributes Arsenal value in a manger (without giving too much away, of course). Gazidis said: What I will say is that it’s important to me that we continue the football values that Arsene has instilled in the club, I want to see someone who can continue that for our fans and our fans want to see that, someone who will continue to play exciting, progressive football that gets people interested and excited in the games we play. I also think there is a significant piece in Arsenal Football Club in how the candidate represents the club and I think it’s important to Arsenal fans. So those qualities. Gazidis also spoke about the importance of a coach who gives opportunities to young players, before adding: I think we’ve got to be open-minded and also brave in the decision. When Arsene was appointed, I don’t think he was on many people’s radar screens. And that doesn’t mean that we have to make an another appointment that not everybody is thinking about and talking about. But it does mean we need to be bold in the appointment and get the person that we believe is the right person. Another priority for Arsenal is finding a candidate who can heal the divisions in the fanbase. Although most supporters were unified in their belief the time was right for change, the last five years and more have been marred by in-fighting among Arsenal fans. So much so that they have become their own online 'meme'. Apathy overtook anger this season, with thousands of season ticket holders staying away and leaving their seats empty. While Arsenal will not make a populist appointment simply to appease the masses, they will want to avoid a corrosive character who will re-open old wounds. Our man Jeremy Wilson reports that Arsenal are exploring 'a range of younger head coach-style options', and want someone 'with the coaching track-record to bring out the best in the existing squad while also progressing the club’s younger players'. Re-uniting the fan base will be one of Arsenal's priorities Credit: Reuters What have Arsenal done previously? One of the most intriguing aspects of the story. Arsenal have not needed to appoint a manager since 1996, so when trying to second guess their intentions we are starting from scratch. New head of football relations Raul Sanllehi oversaw several managerial changes at Barcelona, while new head of recruitment Sven Mislintat has seen coaches come and go at Borussia Dortmund. This is Gazidis' first experience of the process, however. Arsenal as a club do have a history of making the kind of left-field, 'bold' appointments Gazidis spoke of. Wenger himself famously arrived from Japanese club Nagoya Grampus Eight, George Graham was manager of second division Millwall while 1971 double-winner Bertie Mee was a physio. Arsenal surprised everyone with the appointment of Arsene Wenger Credit: ALLSPORT That could be music to the ears of majority shareholder Stan Kroenke, who has had success in another sporting venture by appointing a young up-and-comer. His NFL franchise the LA Rams were stagnant under long-serving coach Jeff Fisher, but their fortunes have been revived by Sean McVay - the youngest coach in NFL history. Some clues for Arsenal fans there, perhaps. Who are the key decision makers? Gazidis, Sanllehi and Mislintat will all have a say, with Matt Law reporting in the Daily Telegraph last month that the trio each have their preferred candidates, which could be a source of tension. Ultimately, it will be down to Gazidis to present Kroenke with their recommendations who will sign off on any decision. Kroenke could be assisted by son Josh, who spent three months in London this year familiarising himself with Arsenal operations. The younger Kroenke is thought to be a key ally of Gazidis, and his opinion could prove important. Father and Son: Stand and Josh Kroenke Credit: Getty Images What do the betting markets suggest? The odds on next Arsenal manager were quite volatile in the weeks before the announcement, as is usually the case in markets with low liquidity (not many bets being matched). The news that Thomas Tuchel is likely to join Paris Saint-Germain has seen him fall out of the running, while Massimiliano Allegri and Zeljko Buvac have moved to the front of the market. Neither favourite looks a cast-iron certainty, however. There have been nibbles on Eddie Howe and Carlo Ancelotti at bigger prices. Change in Arsenal manager odds Buvac is the leading candidate to succeed Wenger What now for Arsene Wenger? Wenger has said he will take a four or five week break at the end of the season to review his future. The Frenchman has expressed a desire to continue working, and will be at the World Cup in Russia as a television pundit. Those who know Wenger say he is still full of enthusiasm and vitality, and the 68-year-old is in good health. There are long-running links to the France job, though Wenger's love of day-to-day work on the training ground could put him off international management. Wenger has said it would be 'difficult' emotionally to manage another Premier League team, but hopes he has not managed his last match in the Champions League. All that suggests he might be open to a European club job. What next for Arsene Wenger - the departing Arsenal manager's possible destinations The contenders Mikel Arteta Odds: 1/3 Pros: The emotional bond fans felt towards Wenger could be maintained with the appointment of a former player, with supporters rooting for 'one of their own'. Not many players are offered jobs by Pep Guardiola, Mauricio Pochettino and Arsenal as soon as they retire so Arteta is obviously a smart cookie. Will have learnt so much in two years under Guardiola and potentially has a very a high ceiling. A club man who will defer to the new structure and hierarchy. Cons: No managerial experience. Arteta has also played alongside several members of Arsenal's squad - how will that affect his ability to make ruthless and difficult decisions? Possible that fans will have little patience with a rookie. Brendan Rodgers Odds: 6/1 Pros:Coaches attractive and progressive football, and has an impressive history of developing young attackers. Led Liverpool to within touching distance of their first title since 1990, and has done all that could be asked of him (and a bit more) at Celtic. Cons:The teeth, the tan, the catchphrases. Arsenal became a running joke in the late-Wenger years, and Rodgers also lends himself to parody. Would be deeply unpopular with the fans, something likely to count against him. His Liverpool side were also beset by defensive weaknesses, the very area Arsenal urgently need improvement. How Arsene Wenger's potential replacements would change Arsenal Massimiliano Allegri Odds: 13/2 Pros: A proven track record at the highest level of European football, Allegri has guided to Juventus to successive Serie A titles and two Champions League finals. Like Wenger, is a highly respected figure within football who would be a classy public face for the club. Already has experience of succeeding as a much-loved manager (Antonio Conte) and won over the Juve fans who were unhappy with his appointment. Would bring a more pragmatic approach to Arsenal's football. Cons: Liverpool and Spurs have bettered Arsenal in the past two seasons with coaches who have a clear playing identity or 'philosophy'. Allegri is not quite like that. The Italian said "You think tackling, passing & running wins in football. Footballing discussions in Italy is all about tactics and theory, you’re ruining the game. You don’t look at players or skills, but only formations. This is what damages our football." His tactical flexibility is a virtue, but there is a school of thought it is best served fine-tuning elite teams. Arsenal are more of a project at present. Carlo Ancelotti Odds: 14/1 Pros: A safe pair of hands who could steer Arsenal through what some believe could be a difficult transition. Essentially, he would ensure the club avoid a 'Moyes' situation. Has managed in England before, winning the double with Chelsea in 2010. A friendly and avuncular figure who the fans would warm too. Cons: Too similar to Wenger in his methods. Arsenal watchers have long felt their players suffer due to a lack of prescriptive coaching, with Wenger leaving them to find their own solutions. Ancelotti is also more of a manager than a coach, and a laissez-faire approach could result in more of the same. Luis Enrique won the treble at Barcelona Credit: Getty Images Luis Enrique Odds: 12/1 Pros: Has a crystal clear idea of how he wants football to be played, and won the treble at Barcelona. Enrique has a working relationship with Sanllehi, and unlike other names on this list has experience of managing a big European club. Cons: A disastrous spell at Roma is a black mark on his CV, and reports suggest he will make huge financial demands both contractually and in the transfer market. Enrique can also be a spiky and abrasive character who had frequent run-ins with the press at Barcelona. While Wenger was no stranger to the odd moan, he was also a master of charm in press conferences. Moreover, while it would be ridiculous to say managing Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar is 'easy', it does make his work at the Nou Camp difficult to assess. Zeljko Buvac is a surprise candidate Credit: Reuters Julian Nagelsmann Odds: 14/1 Pros:A possible dark horse who ticks plenty of Arsenal's boxes. Was appointed Hoffenheim head coach at the age of 28 in 2015, leading them away from relegation trouble in his first season and qualifying for the Champions League in his second. Coaches a dynamic, energetic style based on fast recoveries of possession and looks a huge prospect. Would fit into Arsenal's structure seamlessly, and is another networked German. Cons: The move might be two or three years too soon for him. Nagelsmann might be better off developing elsewhere. Zeljko Buvac Odds: 20/1 Pros: Known as 'The Brain', Buvac is a highly-regarded coach with an intimate knowledge of Arsenal and the Premier League working as Jurgen Klopp's No.2 at Liverpool. Buvac would not demand a transfer warchest - his priority would be getting Arsenal training methods up to speed and extracting the most out of a talented, if unbalanced, squad. Would bring ideas and necessary organisation to Arsenal's play. Cons: Has not managed since 2001, does not speak English and has never dealt with media commitments. It seems slightly strange that a 57-year-old has not gone it alone before if he really had managerial ambitions. A significant section of the fanbase would greet him with scepticism. Eddie Howe Odds: 25/1 Pros: See Rodgers. There is no faulting his work at Bournemouth, and Arsenal just might be attracted to the idea of swimming against the stream and appointing an English manager. Cons: It would feel a bit 'Moyes-ey'. A spell at Burnley did not quite work out for Howe, raising suspicions he might be uniquely suited to Bournemouth. No big club experience. Like Rodgers, his teams also leak cheap goals. Who will replace Arsene Wenger at Arsenal? Joachim Löw Odds: 33/1 Pros: He's a world champion, and has also built a successful team around Mesut Özil. With Per Mertesacker as head of the academy and Arsenal's recent purchases from the Bundesliga, there are obvious connections. Tactically fluid. Cons: Löw has not managed at club level since he left Austria Vienna in 2004, and the demands of a top club job are very different to guiding a team through a summer tournament. Leonardo Jardim Odds: 33/1 Pros: Some of the brightest talents in European football have passed through Jardim's hands at Monaco, and he stitched them together in a stylish team that won Ligue 1 and reached the Champions League semi-finals last season. Is used to working at a club that cuts its cloth accordingly in the transfer market, selling their best players for huge fees and reinvesting in the squad. Arsenal will not plan on losing players at the frequency of Monaco, but they also have to be realistic about their place in the financial pecking order. Only 43 years old, too. Cons:Far from a compelling personality, Arsenal might want more from their figurehead. Will Arsenal's scouting be as fruitful as Monaco's? Could Patrick Vieira be the man to succeed Arsene Wenger? Credit: AP Patrick Vieira Odds: 33/1 Pros: See Arteta, but with the added advantage of managing a team of his own (New York City in the MLS). A club legend who could galvanise the fan-base, and who will have the instant respect of the players. Cons: His abilities as a coach are very difficult to ascertain. While Vieira's ability as a player is undisputed, he also had a difficult relationship with the club during summer sagas that saw him push for a move, particularly when Real Madrid came calling. Would he do the same as a manager? Odds correct on May 15 and via Betfair/Paddy Power.
Arsenal's announcement that Arsène Wenger will step down as manager after 22 years in charge sent shockwaves through English football. Despite widespread acceptance that a parting of the ways was the correct decision, nobody anticipated the timing of the news. After days of tributes and retrospectives on Wenger's reign, attention turned to who Arsenal would choose to succeed the most successful manager in the club's history. Would it be a legendary former player, a youthful head coach with big ideas or a charismatic manager with stature and gravitas? The search is on, and here is everything you need to know about the process. What are Arsenal looking for? Who better to ask than chief executive Ivan Gazidis? In his press conference at the Emirates the day Wenger's departure was announced, he outlined some of the attributes Arsenal value in a manger (without giving too much away, of course). Gazidis said: What I will say is that it’s important to me that we continue the football values that Arsene has instilled in the club, I want to see someone who can continue that for our fans and our fans want to see that, someone who will continue to play exciting, progressive football that gets people interested and excited in the games we play. I also think there is a significant piece in Arsenal Football Club in how the candidate represents the club and I think it’s important to Arsenal fans. So those qualities. Gazidis also spoke about the importance of a coach who gives opportunities to young players, before adding: I think we’ve got to be open-minded and also brave in the decision. When Arsene was appointed, I don’t think he was on many people’s radar screens. And that doesn’t mean that we have to make an another appointment that not everybody is thinking about and talking about. But it does mean we need to be bold in the appointment and get the person that we believe is the right person. Another priority for Arsenal is finding a candidate who can heal the divisions in the fanbase. Although most supporters were unified in their belief the time was right for change, the last five years and more have been marred by in-fighting among Arsenal fans. So much so that they have become their own online 'meme'. Apathy overtook anger this season, with thousands of season ticket holders staying away and leaving their seats empty. While Arsenal will not make a populist appointment simply to appease the masses, they will want to avoid a corrosive character who will re-open old wounds. Our man Jeremy Wilson reports that Arsenal are exploring 'a range of younger head coach-style options', and want someone 'with the coaching track-record to bring out the best in the existing squad while also progressing the club’s younger players'. Re-uniting the fan base will be one of Arsenal's priorities Credit: Reuters What have Arsenal done previously? One of the most intriguing aspects of the story. Arsenal have not needed to appoint a manager since 1996, so when trying to second guess their intentions we are starting from scratch. New head of football relations Raul Sanllehi oversaw several managerial changes at Barcelona, while new head of recruitment Sven Mislintat has seen coaches come and go at Borussia Dortmund. This is Gazidis' first experience of the process, however. Arsenal as a club do have a history of making the kind of left-field, 'bold' appointments Gazidis spoke of. Wenger himself famously arrived from Japanese club Nagoya Grampus Eight, George Graham was manager of second division Millwall while 1971 double-winner Bertie Mee was a physio. Arsenal surprised everyone with the appointment of Arsene Wenger Credit: ALLSPORT That could be music to the ears of majority shareholder Stan Kroenke, who has had success in another sporting venture by appointing a young up-and-comer. His NFL franchise the LA Rams were stagnant under long-serving coach Jeff Fisher, but their fortunes have been revived by Sean McVay - the youngest coach in NFL history. Some clues for Arsenal fans there, perhaps. Who are the key decision makers? Gazidis, Sanllehi and Mislintat will all have a say, with Matt Law reporting in the Daily Telegraph last month that the trio each have their preferred candidates, which could be a source of tension. Ultimately, it will be down to Gazidis to present Kroenke with their recommendations who will sign off on any decision. Kroenke could be assisted by son Josh, who spent three months in London this year familiarising himself with Arsenal operations. The younger Kroenke is thought to be a key ally of Gazidis, and his opinion could prove important. Father and Son: Stand and Josh Kroenke Credit: Getty Images What do the betting markets suggest? The odds on next Arsenal manager were quite volatile in the weeks before the announcement, as is usually the case in markets with low liquidity (not many bets being matched). The news that Thomas Tuchel is likely to join Paris Saint-Germain has seen him fall out of the running, while Massimiliano Allegri and Zeljko Buvac have moved to the front of the market. Neither favourite looks a cast-iron certainty, however. There have been nibbles on Eddie Howe and Carlo Ancelotti at bigger prices. Change in Arsenal manager odds Buvac is the leading candidate to succeed Wenger What now for Arsene Wenger? Wenger has said he will take a four or five week break at the end of the season to review his future. The Frenchman has expressed a desire to continue working, and will be at the World Cup in Russia as a television pundit. Those who know Wenger say he is still full of enthusiasm and vitality, and the 68-year-old is in good health. There are long-running links to the France job, though Wenger's love of day-to-day work on the training ground could put him off international management. Wenger has said it would be 'difficult' emotionally to manage another Premier League team, but hopes he has not managed his last match in the Champions League. All that suggests he might be open to a European club job. What next for Arsene Wenger - the departing Arsenal manager's possible destinations The contenders Mikel Arteta Odds: 1/3 Pros: The emotional bond fans felt towards Wenger could be maintained with the appointment of a former player, with supporters rooting for 'one of their own'. Not many players are offered jobs by Pep Guardiola, Mauricio Pochettino and Arsenal as soon as they retire so Arteta is obviously a smart cookie. Will have learnt so much in two years under Guardiola and potentially has a very a high ceiling. A club man who will defer to the new structure and hierarchy. Cons: No managerial experience. Arteta has also played alongside several members of Arsenal's squad - how will that affect his ability to make ruthless and difficult decisions? Possible that fans will have little patience with a rookie. Brendan Rodgers Odds: 6/1 Pros:Coaches attractive and progressive football, and has an impressive history of developing young attackers. Led Liverpool to within touching distance of their first title since 1990, and has done all that could be asked of him (and a bit more) at Celtic. Cons:The teeth, the tan, the catchphrases. Arsenal became a running joke in the late-Wenger years, and Rodgers also lends himself to parody. Would be deeply unpopular with the fans, something likely to count against him. His Liverpool side were also beset by defensive weaknesses, the very area Arsenal urgently need improvement. How Arsene Wenger's potential replacements would change Arsenal Massimiliano Allegri Odds: 13/2 Pros: A proven track record at the highest level of European football, Allegri has guided to Juventus to successive Serie A titles and two Champions League finals. Like Wenger, is a highly respected figure within football who would be a classy public face for the club. Already has experience of succeeding as a much-loved manager (Antonio Conte) and won over the Juve fans who were unhappy with his appointment. Would bring a more pragmatic approach to Arsenal's football. Cons: Liverpool and Spurs have bettered Arsenal in the past two seasons with coaches who have a clear playing identity or 'philosophy'. Allegri is not quite like that. The Italian said "You think tackling, passing & running wins in football. Footballing discussions in Italy is all about tactics and theory, you’re ruining the game. You don’t look at players or skills, but only formations. This is what damages our football." His tactical flexibility is a virtue, but there is a school of thought it is best served fine-tuning elite teams. Arsenal are more of a project at present. Carlo Ancelotti Odds: 14/1 Pros: A safe pair of hands who could steer Arsenal through what some believe could be a difficult transition. Essentially, he would ensure the club avoid a 'Moyes' situation. Has managed in England before, winning the double with Chelsea in 2010. A friendly and avuncular figure who the fans would warm too. Cons: Too similar to Wenger in his methods. Arsenal watchers have long felt their players suffer due to a lack of prescriptive coaching, with Wenger leaving them to find their own solutions. Ancelotti is also more of a manager than a coach, and a laissez-faire approach could result in more of the same. Luis Enrique won the treble at Barcelona Credit: Getty Images Luis Enrique Odds: 12/1 Pros: Has a crystal clear idea of how he wants football to be played, and won the treble at Barcelona. Enrique has a working relationship with Sanllehi, and unlike other names on this list has experience of managing a big European club. Cons: A disastrous spell at Roma is a black mark on his CV, and reports suggest he will make huge financial demands both contractually and in the transfer market. Enrique can also be a spiky and abrasive character who had frequent run-ins with the press at Barcelona. While Wenger was no stranger to the odd moan, he was also a master of charm in press conferences. Moreover, while it would be ridiculous to say managing Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar is 'easy', it does make his work at the Nou Camp difficult to assess. Zeljko Buvac is a surprise candidate Credit: Reuters Julian Nagelsmann Odds: 14/1 Pros:A possible dark horse who ticks plenty of Arsenal's boxes. Was appointed Hoffenheim head coach at the age of 28 in 2015, leading them away from relegation trouble in his first season and qualifying for the Champions League in his second. Coaches a dynamic, energetic style based on fast recoveries of possession and looks a huge prospect. Would fit into Arsenal's structure seamlessly, and is another networked German. Cons: The move might be two or three years too soon for him. Nagelsmann might be better off developing elsewhere. Zeljko Buvac Odds: 20/1 Pros: Known as 'The Brain', Buvac is a highly-regarded coach with an intimate knowledge of Arsenal and the Premier League working as Jurgen Klopp's No.2 at Liverpool. Buvac would not demand a transfer warchest - his priority would be getting Arsenal training methods up to speed and extracting the most out of a talented, if unbalanced, squad. Would bring ideas and necessary organisation to Arsenal's play. Cons: Has not managed since 2001, does not speak English and has never dealt with media commitments. It seems slightly strange that a 57-year-old has not gone it alone before if he really had managerial ambitions. A significant section of the fanbase would greet him with scepticism. Eddie Howe Odds: 25/1 Pros: See Rodgers. There is no faulting his work at Bournemouth, and Arsenal just might be attracted to the idea of swimming against the stream and appointing an English manager. Cons: It would feel a bit 'Moyes-ey'. A spell at Burnley did not quite work out for Howe, raising suspicions he might be uniquely suited to Bournemouth. No big club experience. Like Rodgers, his teams also leak cheap goals. Who will replace Arsene Wenger at Arsenal? Joachim Löw Odds: 33/1 Pros: He's a world champion, and has also built a successful team around Mesut Özil. With Per Mertesacker as head of the academy and Arsenal's recent purchases from the Bundesliga, there are obvious connections. Tactically fluid. Cons: Löw has not managed at club level since he left Austria Vienna in 2004, and the demands of a top club job are very different to guiding a team through a summer tournament. Leonardo Jardim Odds: 33/1 Pros: Some of the brightest talents in European football have passed through Jardim's hands at Monaco, and he stitched them together in a stylish team that won Ligue 1 and reached the Champions League semi-finals last season. Is used to working at a club that cuts its cloth accordingly in the transfer market, selling their best players for huge fees and reinvesting in the squad. Arsenal will not plan on losing players at the frequency of Monaco, but they also have to be realistic about their place in the financial pecking order. Only 43 years old, too. Cons:Far from a compelling personality, Arsenal might want more from their figurehead. Will Arsenal's scouting be as fruitful as Monaco's? Could Patrick Vieira be the man to succeed Arsene Wenger? Credit: AP Patrick Vieira Odds: 33/1 Pros: See Arteta, but with the added advantage of managing a team of his own (New York City in the MLS). A club legend who could galvanise the fan-base, and who will have the instant respect of the players. Cons: His abilities as a coach are very difficult to ascertain. While Vieira's ability as a player is undisputed, he also had a difficult relationship with the club during summer sagas that saw him push for a move, particularly when Real Madrid came calling. Would he do the same as a manager? Odds correct on May 15 and via Betfair/Paddy Power.
Arsene Wenger replacement: Definitive guide to the runners and riders for the new Arsenal manager
Arsenal's announcement that Arsène Wenger will step down as manager after 22 years in charge sent shockwaves through English football. Despite widespread acceptance that a parting of the ways was the correct decision, nobody anticipated the timing of the news. After days of tributes and retrospectives on Wenger's reign, attention turned to who Arsenal would choose to succeed the most successful manager in the club's history. Would it be a legendary former player, a youthful head coach with big ideas or a charismatic manager with stature and gravitas? The search is on, and here is everything you need to know about the process. What are Arsenal looking for? Who better to ask than chief executive Ivan Gazidis? In his press conference at the Emirates the day Wenger's departure was announced, he outlined some of the attributes Arsenal value in a manger (without giving too much away, of course). Gazidis said: What I will say is that it’s important to me that we continue the football values that Arsene has instilled in the club, I want to see someone who can continue that for our fans and our fans want to see that, someone who will continue to play exciting, progressive football that gets people interested and excited in the games we play. I also think there is a significant piece in Arsenal Football Club in how the candidate represents the club and I think it’s important to Arsenal fans. So those qualities. Gazidis also spoke about the importance of a coach who gives opportunities to young players, before adding: I think we’ve got to be open-minded and also brave in the decision. When Arsene was appointed, I don’t think he was on many people’s radar screens. And that doesn’t mean that we have to make an another appointment that not everybody is thinking about and talking about. But it does mean we need to be bold in the appointment and get the person that we believe is the right person. Another priority for Arsenal is finding a candidate who can heal the divisions in the fanbase. Although most supporters were unified in their belief the time was right for change, the last five years and more have been marred by in-fighting among Arsenal fans. So much so that they have become their own online 'meme'. Apathy overtook anger this season, with thousands of season ticket holders staying away and leaving their seats empty. While Arsenal will not make a populist appointment simply to appease the masses, they will want to avoid a corrosive character who will re-open old wounds. Our man Jeremy Wilson reports that Arsenal are exploring 'a range of younger head coach-style options', and want someone 'with the coaching track-record to bring out the best in the existing squad while also progressing the club’s younger players'. Re-uniting the fan base will be one of Arsenal's priorities Credit: Reuters What have Arsenal done previously? One of the most intriguing aspects of the story. Arsenal have not needed to appoint a manager since 1996, so when trying to second guess their intentions we are starting from scratch. New head of football relations Raul Sanllehi oversaw several managerial changes at Barcelona, while new head of recruitment Sven Mislintat has seen coaches come and go at Borussia Dortmund. This is Gazidis' first experience of the process, however. Arsenal as a club do have a history of making the kind of left-field, 'bold' appointments Gazidis spoke of. Wenger himself famously arrived from Japanese club Nagoya Grampus Eight, George Graham was manager of second division Millwall while 1971 double-winner Bertie Mee was a physio. Arsenal surprised everyone with the appointment of Arsene Wenger Credit: ALLSPORT That could be music to the ears of majority shareholder Stan Kroenke, who has had success in another sporting venture by appointing a young up-and-comer. His NFL franchise the LA Rams were stagnant under long-serving coach Jeff Fisher, but their fortunes have been revived by Sean McVay - the youngest coach in NFL history. Some clues for Arsenal fans there, perhaps. Who are the key decision makers? Gazidis, Sanllehi and Mislintat will all have a say, with Matt Law reporting in the Daily Telegraph last month that the trio each have their preferred candidates, which could be a source of tension. Ultimately, it will be down to Gazidis to present Kroenke with their recommendations who will sign off on any decision. Kroenke could be assisted by son Josh, who spent three months in London this year familiarising himself with Arsenal operations. The younger Kroenke is thought to be a key ally of Gazidis, and his opinion could prove important. Father and Son: Stand and Josh Kroenke Credit: Getty Images What do the betting markets suggest? The odds on next Arsenal manager were quite volatile in the weeks before the announcement, as is usually the case in markets with low liquidity (not many bets being matched). The news that Thomas Tuchel is likely to join Paris Saint-Germain has seen him fall out of the running, while Massimiliano Allegri and Zeljko Buvac have moved to the front of the market. Neither favourite looks a cast-iron certainty, however. There have been nibbles on Eddie Howe and Carlo Ancelotti at bigger prices. Change in Arsenal manager odds Buvac is the leading candidate to succeed Wenger What now for Arsene Wenger? Wenger has said he will take a four or five week break at the end of the season to review his future. The Frenchman has expressed a desire to continue working, and will be at the World Cup in Russia as a television pundit. Those who know Wenger say he is still full of enthusiasm and vitality, and the 68-year-old is in good health. There are long-running links to the France job, though Wenger's love of day-to-day work on the training ground could put him off international management. Wenger has said it would be 'difficult' emotionally to manage another Premier League team, but hopes he has not managed his last match in the Champions League. All that suggests he might be open to a European club job. What next for Arsene Wenger - the departing Arsenal manager's possible destinations The contenders Mikel Arteta Odds: 1/3 Pros: The emotional bond fans felt towards Wenger could be maintained with the appointment of a former player, with supporters rooting for 'one of their own'. Not many players are offered jobs by Pep Guardiola, Mauricio Pochettino and Arsenal as soon as they retire so Arteta is obviously a smart cookie. Will have learnt so much in two years under Guardiola and potentially has a very a high ceiling. A club man who will defer to the new structure and hierarchy. Cons: No managerial experience. Arteta has also played alongside several members of Arsenal's squad - how will that affect his ability to make ruthless and difficult decisions? Possible that fans will have little patience with a rookie. Brendan Rodgers Odds: 6/1 Pros:Coaches attractive and progressive football, and has an impressive history of developing young attackers. Led Liverpool to within touching distance of their first title since 1990, and has done all that could be asked of him (and a bit more) at Celtic. Cons:The teeth, the tan, the catchphrases. Arsenal became a running joke in the late-Wenger years, and Rodgers also lends himself to parody. Would be deeply unpopular with the fans, something likely to count against him. His Liverpool side were also beset by defensive weaknesses, the very area Arsenal urgently need improvement. How Arsene Wenger's potential replacements would change Arsenal Massimiliano Allegri Odds: 13/2 Pros: A proven track record at the highest level of European football, Allegri has guided to Juventus to successive Serie A titles and two Champions League finals. Like Wenger, is a highly respected figure within football who would be a classy public face for the club. Already has experience of succeeding as a much-loved manager (Antonio Conte) and won over the Juve fans who were unhappy with his appointment. Would bring a more pragmatic approach to Arsenal's football. Cons: Liverpool and Spurs have bettered Arsenal in the past two seasons with coaches who have a clear playing identity or 'philosophy'. Allegri is not quite like that. The Italian said "You think tackling, passing & running wins in football. Footballing discussions in Italy is all about tactics and theory, you’re ruining the game. You don’t look at players or skills, but only formations. This is what damages our football." His tactical flexibility is a virtue, but there is a school of thought it is best served fine-tuning elite teams. Arsenal are more of a project at present. Carlo Ancelotti Odds: 14/1 Pros: A safe pair of hands who could steer Arsenal through what some believe could be a difficult transition. Essentially, he would ensure the club avoid a 'Moyes' situation. Has managed in England before, winning the double with Chelsea in 2010. A friendly and avuncular figure who the fans would warm too. Cons: Too similar to Wenger in his methods. Arsenal watchers have long felt their players suffer due to a lack of prescriptive coaching, with Wenger leaving them to find their own solutions. Ancelotti is also more of a manager than a coach, and a laissez-faire approach could result in more of the same. Luis Enrique won the treble at Barcelona Credit: Getty Images Luis Enrique Odds: 12/1 Pros: Has a crystal clear idea of how he wants football to be played, and won the treble at Barcelona. Enrique has a working relationship with Sanllehi, and unlike other names on this list has experience of managing a big European club. Cons: A disastrous spell at Roma is a black mark on his CV, and reports suggest he will make huge financial demands both contractually and in the transfer market. Enrique can also be a spiky and abrasive character who had frequent run-ins with the press at Barcelona. While Wenger was no stranger to the odd moan, he was also a master of charm in press conferences. Moreover, while it would be ridiculous to say managing Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar is 'easy', it does make his work at the Nou Camp difficult to assess. Zeljko Buvac is a surprise candidate Credit: Reuters Julian Nagelsmann Odds: 14/1 Pros:A possible dark horse who ticks plenty of Arsenal's boxes. Was appointed Hoffenheim head coach at the age of 28 in 2015, leading them away from relegation trouble in his first season and qualifying for the Champions League in his second. Coaches a dynamic, energetic style based on fast recoveries of possession and looks a huge prospect. Would fit into Arsenal's structure seamlessly, and is another networked German. Cons: The move might be two or three years too soon for him. Nagelsmann might be better off developing elsewhere. Zeljko Buvac Odds: 20/1 Pros: Known as 'The Brain', Buvac is a highly-regarded coach with an intimate knowledge of Arsenal and the Premier League working as Jurgen Klopp's No.2 at Liverpool. Buvac would not demand a transfer warchest - his priority would be getting Arsenal training methods up to speed and extracting the most out of a talented, if unbalanced, squad. Would bring ideas and necessary organisation to Arsenal's play. Cons: Has not managed since 2001, does not speak English and has never dealt with media commitments. It seems slightly strange that a 57-year-old has not gone it alone before if he really had managerial ambitions. A significant section of the fanbase would greet him with scepticism. Eddie Howe Odds: 25/1 Pros: See Rodgers. There is no faulting his work at Bournemouth, and Arsenal just might be attracted to the idea of swimming against the stream and appointing an English manager. Cons: It would feel a bit 'Moyes-ey'. A spell at Burnley did not quite work out for Howe, raising suspicions he might be uniquely suited to Bournemouth. No big club experience. Like Rodgers, his teams also leak cheap goals. Who will replace Arsene Wenger at Arsenal? Joachim Löw Odds: 33/1 Pros: He's a world champion, and has also built a successful team around Mesut Özil. With Per Mertesacker as head of the academy and Arsenal's recent purchases from the Bundesliga, there are obvious connections. Tactically fluid. Cons: Löw has not managed at club level since he left Austria Vienna in 2004, and the demands of a top club job are very different to guiding a team through a summer tournament. Leonardo Jardim Odds: 33/1 Pros: Some of the brightest talents in European football have passed through Jardim's hands at Monaco, and he stitched them together in a stylish team that won Ligue 1 and reached the Champions League semi-finals last season. Is used to working at a club that cuts its cloth accordingly in the transfer market, selling their best players for huge fees and reinvesting in the squad. Arsenal will not plan on losing players at the frequency of Monaco, but they also have to be realistic about their place in the financial pecking order. Only 43 years old, too. Cons:Far from a compelling personality, Arsenal might want more from their figurehead. Will Arsenal's scouting be as fruitful as Monaco's? Could Patrick Vieira be the man to succeed Arsene Wenger? Credit: AP Patrick Vieira Odds: 33/1 Pros: See Arteta, but with the added advantage of managing a team of his own (New York City in the MLS). A club legend who could galvanise the fan-base, and who will have the instant respect of the players. Cons: His abilities as a coach are very difficult to ascertain. While Vieira's ability as a player is undisputed, he also had a difficult relationship with the club during summer sagas that saw him push for a move, particularly when Real Madrid came calling. Would he do the same as a manager? Odds correct on May 15 and via Betfair/Paddy Power.
Thomas Tuchel's widely anticipated appointment at Paris Saint-Germain is now a reality, but can he satisfy the club's owners and star man?
Neymar and Champions League top of Tuchel's PSG to-do list
Thomas Tuchel's widely anticipated appointment at Paris Saint-Germain is now a reality, but can he satisfy the club's owners and star man?
The Brazil star is believed to be a target for Real Madrid and Manchester United, but the outgoing PSG manager thinks he will remain in Paris
Emery: Neymar will stay at PSG next season
The Brazil star is believed to be a target for Real Madrid and Manchester United, but the outgoing PSG manager thinks he will remain in Paris
Neymar is believed to be a target for Real Madrid and Manchester United, but Unai Emery feels the forward will stay at PSG.
Emery: Neymar will stay at PSG next season
Neymar is believed to be a target for Real Madrid and Manchester United, but Unai Emery feels the forward will stay at PSG.
Brazil hope the PSG superstar will be back from injury for their friendly against the European nation at Anfield
Neymar set to return from injury against Croatia
Brazil hope the PSG superstar will be back from injury for their friendly against the European nation at Anfield
Brazil's doctor Rodrigo Lasmar gives the latest on Neymar's recovery from a broken foot
Neymar should be fit for first Brazil friendly - team doctor
Brazil's doctor Rodrigo Lasmar gives the latest on Neymar's recovery from a broken foot
Neymar, who is recovering from a foot surgery after an injury in February, left Barcelona last summer.
Messi: It would be ‘terrible’ to see Neymar at Real Madrid
Neymar, who is recovering from a foot surgery after an injury in February, left Barcelona last summer.
PSG player Neymar looks at the photographer during celebrations for clinching the French League One title after the soccer match between Paris Saint-Germain and Stade Rennais at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, Saturday May 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
Messi: It would be 'terrible' to see Neymar at Real Madrid
PSG player Neymar looks at the photographer during celebrations for clinching the French League One title after the soccer match between Paris Saint-Germain and Stade Rennais at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, Saturday May 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
Real Madrid signing Neymar would be an awful prospect, according to Lionel Messi, who invited Sergio Aguero to join him at Barcelona.
Messi: Neymar to Madrid would be terrible
Real Madrid signing Neymar would be an awful prospect, according to Lionel Messi, who invited Sergio Aguero to join him at Barcelona.
The Argentina star admitted that he does not want to see his friend join up with the Blancos next season
Messi: Neymar joining Real Madrid would be 'terrible'
The Argentina star admitted that he does not want to see his friend join up with the Blancos next season
Arsenal's announcement that Arsène Wenger will step down as manager after 22 years in charge sent shockwaves through English football. Despite widespread acceptance that a parting of the ways was the correct decision, nobody anticipated the timing of the news. After days of tributes and retrospectives on Wenger's reign, attention turned to who Arsenal would choose to succeed the most successful manager in the club's history. Would it be a legendary former player, a youthful head coach with big ideas or a charismatic manager with stature and gravitas? The search is on, and here is everything you need to know about the process. What are Arsenal looking for? Who better to ask than chief executive Ivan Gazidis? In his press conference at the Emirates the day Wenger's departure was announced, he outlined some of the attributes Arsenal value in a manger (without giving too much away, of course). Gazidis said: What I will say is that it’s important to me that we continue the football values that Arsene has instilled in the club, I want to see someone who can continue that for our fans and our fans want to see that, someone who will continue to play exciting, progressive football that gets people interested and excited in the games we play. I also think there is a significant piece in Arsenal Football Club in how the candidate represents the club and I think it’s important to Arsenal fans. So those qualities. Gazidis also spoke about the importance of a coach who gives opportunities to young players, before adding: I think we’ve got to be open-minded and also brave in the decision. When Arsene was appointed, I don’t think he was on many people’s radar screens. And that doesn’t mean that we have to make an another appointment that not everybody is thinking about and talking about. But it does mean we need to be bold in the appointment and get the person that we believe is the right person. Another priority for Arsenal is finding a candidate who can heal the divisions in the fanbase. Although most supporters were unified in their belief the time was right for change, the last five years and more have been marred by in-fighting among Arsenal fans. So much so that they have become their own online 'meme'. Apathy overtook anger this season, with thousands of season ticket holders staying away and leaving their seats empty. While Arsenal will not make a populist appointment simply to appease the masses, they will want to avoid a corrosive character who will re-open old wounds. Our man Jeremy Wilson reports that Arsenal are exploring 'a range of younger head coach-style options', and want someone 'with the coaching track-record to bring out the best in the existing squad while also progressing the club’s younger players'. Re-uniting the fan base will be one of Arsenal's priorities Credit: Reuters What have Arsenal done previously? One of the most intriguing aspects of the story. Arsenal have not needed to appoint a manager since 1996, so when trying to second guess their intentions we are starting from scratch. New head of football relations Raul Sanllehi oversaw several managerial changes at Barcelona, while new head of recruitment Sven Mislintat has seen coaches come and go at Borussia Dortmund. This is Gazidis' first experience of the process, however. Arsenal as a club do have a history of making the kind of left-field, 'bold' appointments Gazidis spoke of. Wenger himself famously arrived from Japanese club Nagoya Grampus Eight, George Graham was manager of second division Millwall while 1971 double-winner Bertie Mee was a physio. Arsenal surprised everyone with the appointment of Arsene Wenger Credit: ALLSPORT That could be music to the ears of majority shareholder Stan Kroenke, who has had success in another sporting venture by appointing a young up-and-comer. His NFL franchise the LA Rams were stagnant under long-serving coach Jeff Fisher, but their fortunes have been revived by Sean McVay - the youngest coach in NFL history. Some clues for Arsenal fans there, perhaps. Who are the key decision makers? Gazidis, Sanllehi and Mislintat will all have a say, with Matt Law reporting in the Daily Telegraph last month that the trio each have their preferred candidates, which could be a source of tension. Ultimately, it will be down to Gazidis to present Kroenke with their recommendations who will sign off on any decision. Kroenke could be assisted by son Josh, who spent three months in London this year familiarising himself with Arsenal operations. The younger Kroenke is thought to be a key ally of Gazidis, and his opinion could prove important. Father and Son: Stand and Josh Kroenke Credit: Getty Images What do the betting markets suggest? The odds on next Arsenal manager were quite volatile in the weeks before the announcement, as is usually the case in markets with low liquidity (not many bets being matched). The news that Thomas Tuchel is likely to join Paris Saint-Germain has seen him fall out of the running, while Massimiliano Allegri and Zeljko Buvac have moved to the front of the market. Neither favourite looks a cast-iron certainty, however. There have been nibbles on Eddie Howe and Carlo Ancelotti at bigger prices. Change in Arsenal manager odds Buvac is the leading candidate to succeed Wenger What now for Arsene Wenger? Wenger has said he will take a four or five week break at the end of the season to review his future. The Frenchman has expressed a desire to continue working, and will be at the World Cup in Russia as a television pundit. Those who know Wenger say he is still full of enthusiasm and vitality, and the 68-year-old is in good health. There are long-running links to the France job, though Wenger's love of day-to-day work on the training ground could put him off international management. Wenger has said it would be 'difficult' emotionally to manage another Premier League team, but hopes he has not managed his last match in the Champions League. All that suggests he might be open to a European club job. What next for Arsene Wenger - the departing Arsenal manager's possible destinations The contenders Mikel Arteta Odds: 1/3 Pros: The emotional bond fans felt towards Wenger could be maintained with the appointment of a former player, with supporters rooting for 'one of their own'. Not many players are offered jobs by Pep Guardiola, Mauricio Pochettino and Arsenal as soon as they retire so Arteta is obviously a smart cookie. Will have learnt so much in two years under Guardiola and potentially has a very a high ceiling. A club man who will defer to the new structure and hierarchy. Cons: No managerial experience. Arteta has also played alongside several members of Arsenal's squad - how will that affect his ability to make ruthless and difficult decisions? Possible that fans will have little patience with a rookie. Brendan Rodgers Odds: 6/1 Pros:Coaches attractive and progressive football, and has an impressive history of developing young attackers. Led Liverpool to within touching distance of their first title since 1990, and has done all that could be asked of him (and a bit more) at Celtic. Cons:The teeth, the tan, the catchphrases. Arsenal became a running joke in the late-Wenger years, and Rodgers also lends himself to parody. Would be deeply unpopular with the fans, something likely to count against him. His Liverpool side were also beset by defensive weaknesses, the very area Arsenal urgently need improvement. How Arsene Wenger's potential replacements would change Arsenal Massimiliano Allegri Odds: 13/2 Pros: A proven track record at the highest level of European football, Allegri has guided to Juventus to successive Serie A titles and two Champions League finals. Like Wenger, is a highly respected figure within football who would be a classy public face for the club. Already has experience of succeeding as a much-loved manager (Antonio Conte) and won over the Juve fans who were unhappy with his appointment. Would bring a more pragmatic approach to Arsenal's football. Cons: Liverpool and Spurs have bettered Arsenal in the past two seasons with coaches who have a clear playing identity or 'philosophy'. Allegri is not quite like that. The Italian said "You think tackling, passing & running wins in football. Footballing discussions in Italy is all about tactics and theory, you’re ruining the game. You don’t look at players or skills, but only formations. This is what damages our football." His tactical flexibility is a virtue, but there is a school of thought it is best served fine-tuning elite teams. Arsenal are more of a project at present. Carlo Ancelotti Odds: 14/1 Pros: A safe pair of hands who could steer Arsenal through what some believe could be a difficult transition. Essentially, he would ensure the club avoid a 'Moyes' situation. Has managed in England before, winning the double with Chelsea in 2010. A friendly and avuncular figure who the fans would warm too. Cons: Too similar to Wenger in his methods. Arsenal watchers have long felt their players suffer due to a lack of prescriptive coaching, with Wenger leaving them to find their own solutions. Ancelotti is also more of a manager than a coach, and a laissez-faire approach could result in more of the same. Luis Enrique won the treble at Barcelona Credit: Getty Images Luis Enrique Odds: 12/1 Pros: Has a crystal clear idea of how he wants football to be played, and won the treble at Barcelona. Enrique has a working relationship with Sanllehi, and unlike other names on this list has experience of managing a big European club. Cons: A disastrous spell at Roma is a black mark on his CV, and reports suggest he will make huge financial demands both contractually and in the transfer market. Enrique can also be a spiky and abrasive character who had frequent run-ins with the press at Barcelona. While Wenger was no stranger to the odd moan, he was also a master of charm in press conferences. Moreover, while it would be ridiculous to say managing Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar is 'easy', it does make his work at the Nou Camp difficult to assess. Zeljko Buvac is a surprise candidate Credit: Reuters Julian Nagelsmann Odds: 14/1 Pros:A possible dark horse who ticks plenty of Arsenal's boxes. Was appointed Hoffenheim head coach at the age of 28 in 2015, leading them away from relegation trouble in his first season and qualifying for the Champions League in his second. Coaches a dynamic, energetic style based on fast recoveries of possession and looks a huge prospect. Would fit into Arsenal's structure seamlessly, and is another networked German. Cons: The move might be two or three years too soon for him. Nagelsmann might be better off developing elsewhere. Zeljko Buvac Odds: 20/1 Pros: Known as 'The Brain', Buvac is a highly-regarded coach with an intimate knowledge of Arsenal and the Premier League working as Jurgen Klopp's No.2 at Liverpool. Buvac would not demand a transfer warchest - his priority would be getting Arsenal training methods up to speed and extracting the most out of a talented, if unbalanced, squad. Would bring ideas and necessary organisation to Arsenal's play. Cons: Has not managed since 2001, does not speak English and has never dealt with media commitments. It seems slightly strange that a 57-year-old has not gone it alone before if he really had managerial ambitions. A significant section of the fanbase would greet him with scepticism. Eddie Howe Odds: 25/1 Pros: See Rodgers. There is no faulting his work at Bournemouth, and Arsenal just might be attracted to the idea of swimming against the stream and appointing an English manager. Cons: It would feel a bit 'Moyes-ey'. A spell at Burnley did not quite work out for Howe, raising suspicions he might be uniquely suited to Bournemouth. No big club experience. Like Rodgers, his teams also leak cheap goals. Who will replace Arsene Wenger at Arsenal? Joachim Löw Odds: 33/1 Pros: He's a world champion, and has also built a successful team around Mesut Özil. With Per Mertesacker as head of the academy and Arsenal's recent purchases from the Bundesliga, there are obvious connections. Tactically fluid. Cons: Löw has not managed at club level since he left Austria Vienna in 2004, and the demands of a top club job are very different to guiding a team through a summer tournament. Leonardo Jardim Odds: 33/1 Pros: Some of the brightest talents in European football have passed through Jardim's hands at Monaco, and he stitched them together in a stylish team that won Ligue 1 and reached the Champions League semi-finals last season. Is used to working at a club that cuts its cloth accordingly in the transfer market, selling their best players for huge fees and reinvesting in the squad. Arsenal will not plan on losing players at the frequency of Monaco, but they also have to be realistic about their place in the financial pecking order. Only 43 years old, too. Cons:Far from a compelling personality, Arsenal might want more from their figurehead. Will Arsenal's scouting be as fruitful as Monaco's? Could Patrick Vieira be the man to succeed Arsene Wenger? Credit: AP Patrick Vieira Odds: 33/1 Pros: See Arteta, but with the added advantage of managing a team of his own (New York City in the MLS). A club legend who could galvanise the fan-base, and who will have the instant respect of the players. Cons: His abilities as a coach are very difficult to ascertain. While Vieira's ability as a player is undisputed, he also had a difficult relationship with the club during summer sagas that saw him push for a move, particularly when Real Madrid came calling. Would he do the same as a manager? Odds correct on May 15 and via Betfair/Paddy Power.
Arsene Wenger replacement: Definitive guide to the runners and riders for the new Arsenal manager
Arsenal's announcement that Arsène Wenger will step down as manager after 22 years in charge sent shockwaves through English football. Despite widespread acceptance that a parting of the ways was the correct decision, nobody anticipated the timing of the news. After days of tributes and retrospectives on Wenger's reign, attention turned to who Arsenal would choose to succeed the most successful manager in the club's history. Would it be a legendary former player, a youthful head coach with big ideas or a charismatic manager with stature and gravitas? The search is on, and here is everything you need to know about the process. What are Arsenal looking for? Who better to ask than chief executive Ivan Gazidis? In his press conference at the Emirates the day Wenger's departure was announced, he outlined some of the attributes Arsenal value in a manger (without giving too much away, of course). Gazidis said: What I will say is that it’s important to me that we continue the football values that Arsene has instilled in the club, I want to see someone who can continue that for our fans and our fans want to see that, someone who will continue to play exciting, progressive football that gets people interested and excited in the games we play. I also think there is a significant piece in Arsenal Football Club in how the candidate represents the club and I think it’s important to Arsenal fans. So those qualities. Gazidis also spoke about the importance of a coach who gives opportunities to young players, before adding: I think we’ve got to be open-minded and also brave in the decision. When Arsene was appointed, I don’t think he was on many people’s radar screens. And that doesn’t mean that we have to make an another appointment that not everybody is thinking about and talking about. But it does mean we need to be bold in the appointment and get the person that we believe is the right person. Another priority for Arsenal is finding a candidate who can heal the divisions in the fanbase. Although most supporters were unified in their belief the time was right for change, the last five years and more have been marred by in-fighting among Arsenal fans. So much so that they have become their own online 'meme'. Apathy overtook anger this season, with thousands of season ticket holders staying away and leaving their seats empty. While Arsenal will not make a populist appointment simply to appease the masses, they will want to avoid a corrosive character who will re-open old wounds. Our man Jeremy Wilson reports that Arsenal are exploring 'a range of younger head coach-style options', and want someone 'with the coaching track-record to bring out the best in the existing squad while also progressing the club’s younger players'. Re-uniting the fan base will be one of Arsenal's priorities Credit: Reuters What have Arsenal done previously? One of the most intriguing aspects of the story. Arsenal have not needed to appoint a manager since 1996, so when trying to second guess their intentions we are starting from scratch. New head of football relations Raul Sanllehi oversaw several managerial changes at Barcelona, while new head of recruitment Sven Mislintat has seen coaches come and go at Borussia Dortmund. This is Gazidis' first experience of the process, however. Arsenal as a club do have a history of making the kind of left-field, 'bold' appointments Gazidis spoke of. Wenger himself famously arrived from Japanese club Nagoya Grampus Eight, George Graham was manager of second division Millwall while 1971 double-winner Bertie Mee was a physio. Arsenal surprised everyone with the appointment of Arsene Wenger Credit: ALLSPORT That could be music to the ears of majority shareholder Stan Kroenke, who has had success in another sporting venture by appointing a young up-and-comer. His NFL franchise the LA Rams were stagnant under long-serving coach Jeff Fisher, but their fortunes have been revived by Sean McVay - the youngest coach in NFL history. Some clues for Arsenal fans there, perhaps. Who are the key decision makers? Gazidis, Sanllehi and Mislintat will all have a say, with Matt Law reporting in the Daily Telegraph last month that the trio each have their preferred candidates, which could be a source of tension. Ultimately, it will be down to Gazidis to present Kroenke with their recommendations who will sign off on any decision. Kroenke could be assisted by son Josh, who spent three months in London this year familiarising himself with Arsenal operations. The younger Kroenke is thought to be a key ally of Gazidis, and his opinion could prove important. Father and Son: Stand and Josh Kroenke Credit: Getty Images What do the betting markets suggest? The odds on next Arsenal manager were quite volatile in the weeks before the announcement, as is usually the case in markets with low liquidity (not many bets being matched). The news that Thomas Tuchel is likely to join Paris Saint-Germain has seen him fall out of the running, while Massimiliano Allegri and Zeljko Buvac have moved to the front of the market. Neither favourite looks a cast-iron certainty, however. There have been nibbles on Eddie Howe and Carlo Ancelotti at bigger prices. Change in Arsenal manager odds Buvac is the leading candidate to succeed Wenger What now for Arsene Wenger? Wenger has said he will take a four or five week break at the end of the season to review his future. The Frenchman has expressed a desire to continue working, and will be at the World Cup in Russia as a television pundit. Those who know Wenger say he is still full of enthusiasm and vitality, and the 68-year-old is in good health. There are long-running links to the France job, though Wenger's love of day-to-day work on the training ground could put him off international management. Wenger has said it would be 'difficult' emotionally to manage another Premier League team, but hopes he has not managed his last match in the Champions League. All that suggests he might be open to a European club job. What next for Arsene Wenger - the departing Arsenal manager's possible destinations The contenders Mikel Arteta Odds: 1/3 Pros: The emotional bond fans felt towards Wenger could be maintained with the appointment of a former player, with supporters rooting for 'one of their own'. Not many players are offered jobs by Pep Guardiola, Mauricio Pochettino and Arsenal as soon as they retire so Arteta is obviously a smart cookie. Will have learnt so much in two years under Guardiola and potentially has a very a high ceiling. A club man who will defer to the new structure and hierarchy. Cons: No managerial experience. Arteta has also played alongside several members of Arsenal's squad - how will that affect his ability to make ruthless and difficult decisions? Possible that fans will have little patience with a rookie. Brendan Rodgers Odds: 6/1 Pros:Coaches attractive and progressive football, and has an impressive history of developing young attackers. Led Liverpool to within touching distance of their first title since 1990, and has done all that could be asked of him (and a bit more) at Celtic. Cons:The teeth, the tan, the catchphrases. Arsenal became a running joke in the late-Wenger years, and Rodgers also lends himself to parody. Would be deeply unpopular with the fans, something likely to count against him. His Liverpool side were also beset by defensive weaknesses, the very area Arsenal urgently need improvement. How Arsene Wenger's potential replacements would change Arsenal Massimiliano Allegri Odds: 13/2 Pros: A proven track record at the highest level of European football, Allegri has guided to Juventus to successive Serie A titles and two Champions League finals. Like Wenger, is a highly respected figure within football who would be a classy public face for the club. Already has experience of succeeding as a much-loved manager (Antonio Conte) and won over the Juve fans who were unhappy with his appointment. Would bring a more pragmatic approach to Arsenal's football. Cons: Liverpool and Spurs have bettered Arsenal in the past two seasons with coaches who have a clear playing identity or 'philosophy'. Allegri is not quite like that. The Italian said "You think tackling, passing & running wins in football. Footballing discussions in Italy is all about tactics and theory, you’re ruining the game. You don’t look at players or skills, but only formations. This is what damages our football." His tactical flexibility is a virtue, but there is a school of thought it is best served fine-tuning elite teams. Arsenal are more of a project at present. Carlo Ancelotti Odds: 14/1 Pros: A safe pair of hands who could steer Arsenal through what some believe could be a difficult transition. Essentially, he would ensure the club avoid a 'Moyes' situation. Has managed in England before, winning the double with Chelsea in 2010. A friendly and avuncular figure who the fans would warm too. Cons: Too similar to Wenger in his methods. Arsenal watchers have long felt their players suffer due to a lack of prescriptive coaching, with Wenger leaving them to find their own solutions. Ancelotti is also more of a manager than a coach, and a laissez-faire approach could result in more of the same. Luis Enrique won the treble at Barcelona Credit: Getty Images Luis Enrique Odds: 12/1 Pros: Has a crystal clear idea of how he wants football to be played, and won the treble at Barcelona. Enrique has a working relationship with Sanllehi, and unlike other names on this list has experience of managing a big European club. Cons: A disastrous spell at Roma is a black mark on his CV, and reports suggest he will make huge financial demands both contractually and in the transfer market. Enrique can also be a spiky and abrasive character who had frequent run-ins with the press at Barcelona. While Wenger was no stranger to the odd moan, he was also a master of charm in press conferences. Moreover, while it would be ridiculous to say managing Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar is 'easy', it does make his work at the Nou Camp difficult to assess. Zeljko Buvac is a surprise candidate Credit: Reuters Julian Nagelsmann Odds: 14/1 Pros:A possible dark horse who ticks plenty of Arsenal's boxes. Was appointed Hoffenheim head coach at the age of 28 in 2015, leading them away from relegation trouble in his first season and qualifying for the Champions League in his second. Coaches a dynamic, energetic style based on fast recoveries of possession and looks a huge prospect. Would fit into Arsenal's structure seamlessly, and is another networked German. Cons: The move might be two or three years too soon for him. Nagelsmann might be better off developing elsewhere. Zeljko Buvac Odds: 20/1 Pros: Known as 'The Brain', Buvac is a highly-regarded coach with an intimate knowledge of Arsenal and the Premier League working as Jurgen Klopp's No.2 at Liverpool. Buvac would not demand a transfer warchest - his priority would be getting Arsenal training methods up to speed and extracting the most out of a talented, if unbalanced, squad. Would bring ideas and necessary organisation to Arsenal's play. Cons: Has not managed since 2001, does not speak English and has never dealt with media commitments. It seems slightly strange that a 57-year-old has not gone it alone before if he really had managerial ambitions. A significant section of the fanbase would greet him with scepticism. Eddie Howe Odds: 25/1 Pros: See Rodgers. There is no faulting his work at Bournemouth, and Arsenal just might be attracted to the idea of swimming against the stream and appointing an English manager. Cons: It would feel a bit 'Moyes-ey'. A spell at Burnley did not quite work out for Howe, raising suspicions he might be uniquely suited to Bournemouth. No big club experience. Like Rodgers, his teams also leak cheap goals. Who will replace Arsene Wenger at Arsenal? Joachim Löw Odds: 33/1 Pros: He's a world champion, and has also built a successful team around Mesut Özil. With Per Mertesacker as head of the academy and Arsenal's recent purchases from the Bundesliga, there are obvious connections. Tactically fluid. Cons: Löw has not managed at club level since he left Austria Vienna in 2004, and the demands of a top club job are very different to guiding a team through a summer tournament. Leonardo Jardim Odds: 33/1 Pros: Some of the brightest talents in European football have passed through Jardim's hands at Monaco, and he stitched them together in a stylish team that won Ligue 1 and reached the Champions League semi-finals last season. Is used to working at a club that cuts its cloth accordingly in the transfer market, selling their best players for huge fees and reinvesting in the squad. Arsenal will not plan on losing players at the frequency of Monaco, but they also have to be realistic about their place in the financial pecking order. Only 43 years old, too. Cons:Far from a compelling personality, Arsenal might want more from their figurehead. Will Arsenal's scouting be as fruitful as Monaco's? Could Patrick Vieira be the man to succeed Arsene Wenger? Credit: AP Patrick Vieira Odds: 33/1 Pros: See Arteta, but with the added advantage of managing a team of his own (New York City in the MLS). A club legend who could galvanise the fan-base, and who will have the instant respect of the players. Cons: His abilities as a coach are very difficult to ascertain. While Vieira's ability as a player is undisputed, he also had a difficult relationship with the club during summer sagas that saw him push for a move, particularly when Real Madrid came calling. Would he do the same as a manager? Odds correct on May 15 and via Betfair/Paddy Power.
Arsenal's announcement that Arsène Wenger will step down as manager after 22 years in charge sent shockwaves through English football. Despite widespread acceptance that a parting of the ways was the correct decision, nobody anticipated the timing of the news. After days of tributes and retrospectives on Wenger's reign, attention turned to who Arsenal would choose to succeed the most successful manager in the club's history. Would it be a legendary former player, a youthful head coach with big ideas or a charismatic manager with stature and gravitas? The search is on, and here is everything you need to know about the process. What are Arsenal looking for? Who better to ask than chief executive Ivan Gazidis? In his press conference at the Emirates the day Wenger's departure was announced, he outlined some of the attributes Arsenal value in a manger (without giving too much away, of course). Gazidis said: What I will say is that it’s important to me that we continue the football values that Arsene has instilled in the club, I want to see someone who can continue that for our fans and our fans want to see that, someone who will continue to play exciting, progressive football that gets people interested and excited in the games we play. I also think there is a significant piece in Arsenal Football Club in how the candidate represents the club and I think it’s important to Arsenal fans. So those qualities. Gazidis also spoke about the importance of a coach who gives opportunities to young players, before adding: I think we’ve got to be open-minded and also brave in the decision. When Arsene was appointed, I don’t think he was on many people’s radar screens. And that doesn’t mean that we have to make an another appointment that not everybody is thinking about and talking about. But it does mean we need to be bold in the appointment and get the person that we believe is the right person. Another priority for Arsenal is finding a candidate who can heal the divisions in the fanbase. Although most supporters were unified in their belief the time was right for change, the last five years and more have been marred by in-fighting among Arsenal fans. So much so that they have become their own online 'meme'. Apathy overtook anger this season, with thousands of season ticket holders staying away and leaving their seats empty. While Arsenal will not make a populist appointment simply to appease the masses, they will want to avoid a corrosive character who will re-open old wounds. Our man Jeremy Wilson reports that Arsenal are exploring 'a range of younger head coach-style options', and want someone 'with the coaching track-record to bring out the best in the existing squad while also progressing the club’s younger players'. Re-uniting the fan base will be one of Arsenal's priorities Credit: Reuters What have Arsenal done previously? One of the most intriguing aspects of the story. Arsenal have not needed to appoint a manager since 1996, so when trying to second guess their intentions we are starting from scratch. New head of football relations Raul Sanllehi oversaw several managerial changes at Barcelona, while new head of recruitment Sven Mislintat has seen coaches come and go at Borussia Dortmund. This is Gazidis' first experience of the process, however. Arsenal as a club do have a history of making the kind of left-field, 'bold' appointments Gazidis spoke of. Wenger himself famously arrived from Japanese club Nagoya Grampus Eight, George Graham was manager of second division Millwall while 1971 double-winner Bertie Mee was a physio. Arsenal surprised everyone with the appointment of Arsene Wenger Credit: ALLSPORT That could be music to the ears of majority shareholder Stan Kroenke, who has had success in another sporting venture by appointing a young up-and-comer. His NFL franchise the LA Rams were stagnant under long-serving coach Jeff Fisher, but their fortunes have been revived by Sean McVay - the youngest coach in NFL history. Some clues for Arsenal fans there, perhaps. Who are the key decision makers? Gazidis, Sanllehi and Mislintat will all have a say, with Matt Law reporting in the Daily Telegraph last month that the trio each have their preferred candidates, which could be a source of tension. Ultimately, it will be down to Gazidis to present Kroenke with their recommendations who will sign off on any decision. Kroenke could be assisted by son Josh, who spent three months in London this year familiarising himself with Arsenal operations. The younger Kroenke is thought to be a key ally of Gazidis, and his opinion could prove important. Father and Son: Stand and Josh Kroenke Credit: Getty Images What do the betting markets suggest? The odds on next Arsenal manager were quite volatile in the weeks before the announcement, as is usually the case in markets with low liquidity (not many bets being matched). The news that Thomas Tuchel is likely to join Paris Saint-Germain has seen him fall out of the running, while Massimiliano Allegri and Zeljko Buvac have moved to the front of the market. Neither favourite looks a cast-iron certainty, however. There have been nibbles on Eddie Howe and Carlo Ancelotti at bigger prices. Change in Arsenal manager odds Buvac is the leading candidate to succeed Wenger What now for Arsene Wenger? Wenger has said he will take a four or five week break at the end of the season to review his future. The Frenchman has expressed a desire to continue working, and will be at the World Cup in Russia as a television pundit. Those who know Wenger say he is still full of enthusiasm and vitality, and the 68-year-old is in good health. There are long-running links to the France job, though Wenger's love of day-to-day work on the training ground could put him off international management. Wenger has said it would be 'difficult' emotionally to manage another Premier League team, but hopes he has not managed his last match in the Champions League. All that suggests he might be open to a European club job. What next for Arsene Wenger - the departing Arsenal manager's possible destinations The contenders Mikel Arteta Odds: 1/3 Pros: The emotional bond fans felt towards Wenger could be maintained with the appointment of a former player, with supporters rooting for 'one of their own'. Not many players are offered jobs by Pep Guardiola, Mauricio Pochettino and Arsenal as soon as they retire so Arteta is obviously a smart cookie. Will have learnt so much in two years under Guardiola and potentially has a very a high ceiling. A club man who will defer to the new structure and hierarchy. Cons: No managerial experience. Arteta has also played alongside several members of Arsenal's squad - how will that affect his ability to make ruthless and difficult decisions? Possible that fans will have little patience with a rookie. Brendan Rodgers Odds: 6/1 Pros:Coaches attractive and progressive football, and has an impressive history of developing young attackers. Led Liverpool to within touching distance of their first title since 1990, and has done all that could be asked of him (and a bit more) at Celtic. Cons:The teeth, the tan, the catchphrases. Arsenal became a running joke in the late-Wenger years, and Rodgers also lends himself to parody. Would be deeply unpopular with the fans, something likely to count against him. His Liverpool side were also beset by defensive weaknesses, the very area Arsenal urgently need improvement. How Arsene Wenger's potential replacements would change Arsenal Massimiliano Allegri Odds: 13/2 Pros: A proven track record at the highest level of European football, Allegri has guided to Juventus to successive Serie A titles and two Champions League finals. Like Wenger, is a highly respected figure within football who would be a classy public face for the club. Already has experience of succeeding as a much-loved manager (Antonio Conte) and won over the Juve fans who were unhappy with his appointment. Would bring a more pragmatic approach to Arsenal's football. Cons: Liverpool and Spurs have bettered Arsenal in the past two seasons with coaches who have a clear playing identity or 'philosophy'. Allegri is not quite like that. The Italian said "You think tackling, passing & running wins in football. Footballing discussions in Italy is all about tactics and theory, you’re ruining the game. You don’t look at players or skills, but only formations. This is what damages our football." His tactical flexibility is a virtue, but there is a school of thought it is best served fine-tuning elite teams. Arsenal are more of a project at present. Carlo Ancelotti Odds: 14/1 Pros: A safe pair of hands who could steer Arsenal through what some believe could be a difficult transition. Essentially, he would ensure the club avoid a 'Moyes' situation. Has managed in England before, winning the double with Chelsea in 2010. A friendly and avuncular figure who the fans would warm too. Cons: Too similar to Wenger in his methods. Arsenal watchers have long felt their players suffer due to a lack of prescriptive coaching, with Wenger leaving them to find their own solutions. Ancelotti is also more of a manager than a coach, and a laissez-faire approach could result in more of the same. Luis Enrique won the treble at Barcelona Credit: Getty Images Luis Enrique Odds: 12/1 Pros: Has a crystal clear idea of how he wants football to be played, and won the treble at Barcelona. Enrique has a working relationship with Sanllehi, and unlike other names on this list has experience of managing a big European club. Cons: A disastrous spell at Roma is a black mark on his CV, and reports suggest he will make huge financial demands both contractually and in the transfer market. Enrique can also be a spiky and abrasive character who had frequent run-ins with the press at Barcelona. While Wenger was no stranger to the odd moan, he was also a master of charm in press conferences. Moreover, while it would be ridiculous to say managing Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar is 'easy', it does make his work at the Nou Camp difficult to assess. Zeljko Buvac is a surprise candidate Credit: Reuters Julian Nagelsmann Odds: 14/1 Pros:A possible dark horse who ticks plenty of Arsenal's boxes. Was appointed Hoffenheim head coach at the age of 28 in 2015, leading them away from relegation trouble in his first season and qualifying for the Champions League in his second. Coaches a dynamic, energetic style based on fast recoveries of possession and looks a huge prospect. Would fit into Arsenal's structure seamlessly, and is another networked German. Cons: The move might be two or three years too soon for him. Nagelsmann might be better off developing elsewhere. Zeljko Buvac Odds: 20/1 Pros: Known as 'The Brain', Buvac is a highly-regarded coach with an intimate knowledge of Arsenal and the Premier League working as Jurgen Klopp's No.2 at Liverpool. Buvac would not demand a transfer warchest - his priority would be getting Arsenal training methods up to speed and extracting the most out of a talented, if unbalanced, squad. Would bring ideas and necessary organisation to Arsenal's play. Cons: Has not managed since 2001, does not speak English and has never dealt with media commitments. It seems slightly strange that a 57-year-old has not gone it alone before if he really had managerial ambitions. A significant section of the fanbase would greet him with scepticism. Eddie Howe Odds: 25/1 Pros: See Rodgers. There is no faulting his work at Bournemouth, and Arsenal just might be attracted to the idea of swimming against the stream and appointing an English manager. Cons: It would feel a bit 'Moyes-ey'. A spell at Burnley did not quite work out for Howe, raising suspicions he might be uniquely suited to Bournemouth. No big club experience. Like Rodgers, his teams also leak cheap goals. Who will replace Arsene Wenger at Arsenal? Joachim Löw Odds: 33/1 Pros: He's a world champion, and has also built a successful team around Mesut Özil. With Per Mertesacker as head of the academy and Arsenal's recent purchases from the Bundesliga, there are obvious connections. Tactically fluid. Cons: Löw has not managed at club level since he left Austria Vienna in 2004, and the demands of a top club job are very different to guiding a team through a summer tournament. Leonardo Jardim Odds: 33/1 Pros: Some of the brightest talents in European football have passed through Jardim's hands at Monaco, and he stitched them together in a stylish team that won Ligue 1 and reached the Champions League semi-finals last season. Is used to working at a club that cuts its cloth accordingly in the transfer market, selling their best players for huge fees and reinvesting in the squad. Arsenal will not plan on losing players at the frequency of Monaco, but they also have to be realistic about their place in the financial pecking order. Only 43 years old, too. Cons:Far from a compelling personality, Arsenal might want more from their figurehead. Will Arsenal's scouting be as fruitful as Monaco's? Could Patrick Vieira be the man to succeed Arsene Wenger? Credit: AP Patrick Vieira Odds: 33/1 Pros: See Arteta, but with the added advantage of managing a team of his own (New York City in the MLS). A club legend who could galvanise the fan-base, and who will have the instant respect of the players. Cons: His abilities as a coach are very difficult to ascertain. While Vieira's ability as a player is undisputed, he also had a difficult relationship with the club during summer sagas that saw him push for a move, particularly when Real Madrid came calling. Would he do the same as a manager? Odds correct on May 15 and via Betfair/Paddy Power.
Arsene Wenger replacement: Definitive guide to the runners and riders for the new Arsenal manager
Arsenal's announcement that Arsène Wenger will step down as manager after 22 years in charge sent shockwaves through English football. Despite widespread acceptance that a parting of the ways was the correct decision, nobody anticipated the timing of the news. After days of tributes and retrospectives on Wenger's reign, attention turned to who Arsenal would choose to succeed the most successful manager in the club's history. Would it be a legendary former player, a youthful head coach with big ideas or a charismatic manager with stature and gravitas? The search is on, and here is everything you need to know about the process. What are Arsenal looking for? Who better to ask than chief executive Ivan Gazidis? In his press conference at the Emirates the day Wenger's departure was announced, he outlined some of the attributes Arsenal value in a manger (without giving too much away, of course). Gazidis said: What I will say is that it’s important to me that we continue the football values that Arsene has instilled in the club, I want to see someone who can continue that for our fans and our fans want to see that, someone who will continue to play exciting, progressive football that gets people interested and excited in the games we play. I also think there is a significant piece in Arsenal Football Club in how the candidate represents the club and I think it’s important to Arsenal fans. So those qualities. Gazidis also spoke about the importance of a coach who gives opportunities to young players, before adding: I think we’ve got to be open-minded and also brave in the decision. When Arsene was appointed, I don’t think he was on many people’s radar screens. And that doesn’t mean that we have to make an another appointment that not everybody is thinking about and talking about. But it does mean we need to be bold in the appointment and get the person that we believe is the right person. Another priority for Arsenal is finding a candidate who can heal the divisions in the fanbase. Although most supporters were unified in their belief the time was right for change, the last five years and more have been marred by in-fighting among Arsenal fans. So much so that they have become their own online 'meme'. Apathy overtook anger this season, with thousands of season ticket holders staying away and leaving their seats empty. While Arsenal will not make a populist appointment simply to appease the masses, they will want to avoid a corrosive character who will re-open old wounds. Our man Jeremy Wilson reports that Arsenal are exploring 'a range of younger head coach-style options', and want someone 'with the coaching track-record to bring out the best in the existing squad while also progressing the club’s younger players'. Re-uniting the fan base will be one of Arsenal's priorities Credit: Reuters What have Arsenal done previously? One of the most intriguing aspects of the story. Arsenal have not needed to appoint a manager since 1996, so when trying to second guess their intentions we are starting from scratch. New head of football relations Raul Sanllehi oversaw several managerial changes at Barcelona, while new head of recruitment Sven Mislintat has seen coaches come and go at Borussia Dortmund. This is Gazidis' first experience of the process, however. Arsenal as a club do have a history of making the kind of left-field, 'bold' appointments Gazidis spoke of. Wenger himself famously arrived from Japanese club Nagoya Grampus Eight, George Graham was manager of second division Millwall while 1971 double-winner Bertie Mee was a physio. Arsenal surprised everyone with the appointment of Arsene Wenger Credit: ALLSPORT That could be music to the ears of majority shareholder Stan Kroenke, who has had success in another sporting venture by appointing a young up-and-comer. His NFL franchise the LA Rams were stagnant under long-serving coach Jeff Fisher, but their fortunes have been revived by Sean McVay - the youngest coach in NFL history. Some clues for Arsenal fans there, perhaps. Who are the key decision makers? Gazidis, Sanllehi and Mislintat will all have a say, with Matt Law reporting in the Daily Telegraph last month that the trio each have their preferred candidates, which could be a source of tension. Ultimately, it will be down to Gazidis to present Kroenke with their recommendations who will sign off on any decision. Kroenke could be assisted by son Josh, who spent three months in London this year familiarising himself with Arsenal operations. The younger Kroenke is thought to be a key ally of Gazidis, and his opinion could prove important. Father and Son: Stand and Josh Kroenke Credit: Getty Images What do the betting markets suggest? The odds on next Arsenal manager were quite volatile in the weeks before the announcement, as is usually the case in markets with low liquidity (not many bets being matched). The news that Thomas Tuchel is likely to join Paris Saint-Germain has seen him fall out of the running, while Massimiliano Allegri and Zeljko Buvac have moved to the front of the market. Neither favourite looks a cast-iron certainty, however. There have been nibbles on Eddie Howe and Carlo Ancelotti at bigger prices. Change in Arsenal manager odds Buvac is the leading candidate to succeed Wenger What now for Arsene Wenger? Wenger has said he will take a four or five week break at the end of the season to review his future. The Frenchman has expressed a desire to continue working, and will be at the World Cup in Russia as a television pundit. Those who know Wenger say he is still full of enthusiasm and vitality, and the 68-year-old is in good health. There are long-running links to the France job, though Wenger's love of day-to-day work on the training ground could put him off international management. Wenger has said it would be 'difficult' emotionally to manage another Premier League team, but hopes he has not managed his last match in the Champions League. All that suggests he might be open to a European club job. What next for Arsene Wenger - the departing Arsenal manager's possible destinations The contenders Mikel Arteta Odds: 1/3 Pros: The emotional bond fans felt towards Wenger could be maintained with the appointment of a former player, with supporters rooting for 'one of their own'. Not many players are offered jobs by Pep Guardiola, Mauricio Pochettino and Arsenal as soon as they retire so Arteta is obviously a smart cookie. Will have learnt so much in two years under Guardiola and potentially has a very a high ceiling. A club man who will defer to the new structure and hierarchy. Cons: No managerial experience. Arteta has also played alongside several members of Arsenal's squad - how will that affect his ability to make ruthless and difficult decisions? Possible that fans will have little patience with a rookie. Brendan Rodgers Odds: 6/1 Pros:Coaches attractive and progressive football, and has an impressive history of developing young attackers. Led Liverpool to within touching distance of their first title since 1990, and has done all that could be asked of him (and a bit more) at Celtic. Cons:The teeth, the tan, the catchphrases. Arsenal became a running joke in the late-Wenger years, and Rodgers also lends himself to parody. Would be deeply unpopular with the fans, something likely to count against him. His Liverpool side were also beset by defensive weaknesses, the very area Arsenal urgently need improvement. How Arsene Wenger's potential replacements would change Arsenal Massimiliano Allegri Odds: 13/2 Pros: A proven track record at the highest level of European football, Allegri has guided to Juventus to successive Serie A titles and two Champions League finals. Like Wenger, is a highly respected figure within football who would be a classy public face for the club. Already has experience of succeeding as a much-loved manager (Antonio Conte) and won over the Juve fans who were unhappy with his appointment. Would bring a more pragmatic approach to Arsenal's football. Cons: Liverpool and Spurs have bettered Arsenal in the past two seasons with coaches who have a clear playing identity or 'philosophy'. Allegri is not quite like that. The Italian said "You think tackling, passing & running wins in football. Footballing discussions in Italy is all about tactics and theory, you’re ruining the game. You don’t look at players or skills, but only formations. This is what damages our football." His tactical flexibility is a virtue, but there is a school of thought it is best served fine-tuning elite teams. Arsenal are more of a project at present. Carlo Ancelotti Odds: 14/1 Pros: A safe pair of hands who could steer Arsenal through what some believe could be a difficult transition. Essentially, he would ensure the club avoid a 'Moyes' situation. Has managed in England before, winning the double with Chelsea in 2010. A friendly and avuncular figure who the fans would warm too. Cons: Too similar to Wenger in his methods. Arsenal watchers have long felt their players suffer due to a lack of prescriptive coaching, with Wenger leaving them to find their own solutions. Ancelotti is also more of a manager than a coach, and a laissez-faire approach could result in more of the same. Luis Enrique won the treble at Barcelona Credit: Getty Images Luis Enrique Odds: 12/1 Pros: Has a crystal clear idea of how he wants football to be played, and won the treble at Barcelona. Enrique has a working relationship with Sanllehi, and unlike other names on this list has experience of managing a big European club. Cons: A disastrous spell at Roma is a black mark on his CV, and reports suggest he will make huge financial demands both contractually and in the transfer market. Enrique can also be a spiky and abrasive character who had frequent run-ins with the press at Barcelona. While Wenger was no stranger to the odd moan, he was also a master of charm in press conferences. Moreover, while it would be ridiculous to say managing Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar is 'easy', it does make his work at the Nou Camp difficult to assess. Zeljko Buvac is a surprise candidate Credit: Reuters Julian Nagelsmann Odds: 14/1 Pros:A possible dark horse who ticks plenty of Arsenal's boxes. Was appointed Hoffenheim head coach at the age of 28 in 2015, leading them away from relegation trouble in his first season and qualifying for the Champions League in his second. Coaches a dynamic, energetic style based on fast recoveries of possession and looks a huge prospect. Would fit into Arsenal's structure seamlessly, and is another networked German. Cons: The move might be two or three years too soon for him. Nagelsmann might be better off developing elsewhere. Zeljko Buvac Odds: 20/1 Pros: Known as 'The Brain', Buvac is a highly-regarded coach with an intimate knowledge of Arsenal and the Premier League working as Jurgen Klopp's No.2 at Liverpool. Buvac would not demand a transfer warchest - his priority would be getting Arsenal training methods up to speed and extracting the most out of a talented, if unbalanced, squad. Would bring ideas and necessary organisation to Arsenal's play. Cons: Has not managed since 2001, does not speak English and has never dealt with media commitments. It seems slightly strange that a 57-year-old has not gone it alone before if he really had managerial ambitions. A significant section of the fanbase would greet him with scepticism. Eddie Howe Odds: 25/1 Pros: See Rodgers. There is no faulting his work at Bournemouth, and Arsenal just might be attracted to the idea of swimming against the stream and appointing an English manager. Cons: It would feel a bit 'Moyes-ey'. A spell at Burnley did not quite work out for Howe, raising suspicions he might be uniquely suited to Bournemouth. No big club experience. Like Rodgers, his teams also leak cheap goals. Who will replace Arsene Wenger at Arsenal? Joachim Löw Odds: 33/1 Pros: He's a world champion, and has also built a successful team around Mesut Özil. With Per Mertesacker as head of the academy and Arsenal's recent purchases from the Bundesliga, there are obvious connections. Tactically fluid. Cons: Löw has not managed at club level since he left Austria Vienna in 2004, and the demands of a top club job are very different to guiding a team through a summer tournament. Leonardo Jardim Odds: 33/1 Pros: Some of the brightest talents in European football have passed through Jardim's hands at Monaco, and he stitched them together in a stylish team that won Ligue 1 and reached the Champions League semi-finals last season. Is used to working at a club that cuts its cloth accordingly in the transfer market, selling their best players for huge fees and reinvesting in the squad. Arsenal will not plan on losing players at the frequency of Monaco, but they also have to be realistic about their place in the financial pecking order. Only 43 years old, too. Cons:Far from a compelling personality, Arsenal might want more from their figurehead. Will Arsenal's scouting be as fruitful as Monaco's? Could Patrick Vieira be the man to succeed Arsene Wenger? Credit: AP Patrick Vieira Odds: 33/1 Pros: See Arteta, but with the added advantage of managing a team of his own (New York City in the MLS). A club legend who could galvanise the fan-base, and who will have the instant respect of the players. Cons: His abilities as a coach are very difficult to ascertain. While Vieira's ability as a player is undisputed, he also had a difficult relationship with the club during summer sagas that saw him push for a move, particularly when Real Madrid came calling. Would he do the same as a manager? Odds correct on May 15 and via Betfair/Paddy Power.
Arsenal's announcement that Arsène Wenger will step down as manager after 22 years in charge sent shockwaves through English football. Despite widespread acceptance that a parting of the ways was the correct decision, nobody anticipated the timing of the news. After days of tributes and retrospectives on Wenger's reign, attention turned to who Arsenal would choose to succeed the most successful manager in the club's history. Would it be a legendary former player, a youthful head coach with big ideas or a charismatic manager with stature and gravitas? The search is on, and here is everything you need to know about the process. What are Arsenal looking for? Who better to ask than chief executive Ivan Gazidis? In his press conference at the Emirates the day Wenger's departure was announced, he outlined some of the attributes Arsenal value in a manger (without giving too much away, of course). Gazidis said: What I will say is that it’s important to me that we continue the football values that Arsene has instilled in the club, I want to see someone who can continue that for our fans and our fans want to see that, someone who will continue to play exciting, progressive football that gets people interested and excited in the games we play. I also think there is a significant piece in Arsenal Football Club in how the candidate represents the club and I think it’s important to Arsenal fans. So those qualities. Gazidis also spoke about the importance of a coach who gives opportunities to young players, before adding: I think we’ve got to be open-minded and also brave in the decision. When Arsene was appointed, I don’t think he was on many people’s radar screens. And that doesn’t mean that we have to make an another appointment that not everybody is thinking about and talking about. But it does mean we need to be bold in the appointment and get the person that we believe is the right person. Another priority for Arsenal is finding a candidate who can heal the divisions in the fanbase. Although most supporters were unified in their belief the time was right for change, the last five years and more have been marred by in-fighting among Arsenal fans. So much so that they have become their own online 'meme'. Apathy overtook anger this season, with thousands of season ticket holders staying away and leaving their seats empty. While Arsenal will not make a populist appointment simply to appease the masses, they will want to avoid a corrosive character who will re-open old wounds. Our man Jeremy Wilson reports that Arsenal are exploring 'a range of younger head coach-style options', and want someone 'with the coaching track-record to bring out the best in the existing squad while also progressing the club’s younger players'. Re-uniting the fan base will be one of Arsenal's priorities Credit: Reuters What have Arsenal done previously? One of the most intriguing aspects of the story. Arsenal have not needed to appoint a manager since 1996, so when trying to second guess their intentions we are starting from scratch. New head of football relations Raul Sanllehi oversaw several managerial changes at Barcelona, while new head of recruitment Sven Mislintat has seen coaches come and go at Borussia Dortmund. This is Gazidis' first experience of the process, however. Arsenal as a club do have a history of making the kind of left-field, 'bold' appointments Gazidis spoke of. Wenger himself famously arrived from Japanese club Nagoya Grampus Eight, George Graham was manager of second division Millwall while 1971 double-winner Bertie Mee was a physio. Arsenal surprised everyone with the appointment of Arsene Wenger Credit: ALLSPORT That could be music to the ears of majority shareholder Stan Kroenke, who has had success in another sporting venture by appointing a young up-and-comer. His NFL franchise the LA Rams were stagnant under long-serving coach Jeff Fisher, but their fortunes have been revived by Sean McVay - the youngest coach in NFL history. Some clues for Arsenal fans there, perhaps. Who are the key decision makers? Gazidis, Sanllehi and Mislintat will all have a say, with Matt Law reporting in the Daily Telegraph last month that the trio each have their preferred candidates, which could be a source of tension. Ultimately, it will be down to Gazidis to present Kroenke with their recommendations who will sign off on any decision. Kroenke could be assisted by son Josh, who spent three months in London this year familiarising himself with Arsenal operations. The younger Kroenke is thought to be a key ally of Gazidis, and his opinion could prove important. Father and Son: Stand and Josh Kroenke Credit: Getty Images What do the betting markets suggest? The odds on next Arsenal manager were quite volatile in the weeks before the announcement, as is usually the case in markets with low liquidity (not many bets being matched). The news that Thomas Tuchel is likely to join Paris Saint-Germain has seen him fall out of the running, while Massimiliano Allegri and Zeljko Buvac have moved to the front of the market. Neither favourite looks a cast-iron certainty, however. There have been nibbles on Eddie Howe and Carlo Ancelotti at bigger prices. Change in Arsenal manager odds Buvac is the leading candidate to succeed Wenger What now for Arsene Wenger? Wenger has said he will take a four or five week break at the end of the season to review his future. The Frenchman has expressed a desire to continue working, and will be at the World Cup in Russia as a television pundit. Those who know Wenger say he is still full of enthusiasm and vitality, and the 68-year-old is in good health. There are long-running links to the France job, though Wenger's love of day-to-day work on the training ground could put him off international management. Wenger has said it would be 'difficult' emotionally to manage another Premier League team, but hopes he has not managed his last match in the Champions League. All that suggests he might be open to a European club job. What next for Arsene Wenger - the departing Arsenal manager's possible destinations The contenders Mikel Arteta Odds: 1/3 Pros: The emotional bond fans felt towards Wenger could be maintained with the appointment of a former player, with supporters rooting for 'one of their own'. Not many players are offered jobs by Pep Guardiola, Mauricio Pochettino and Arsenal as soon as they retire so Arteta is obviously a smart cookie. Will have learnt so much in two years under Guardiola and potentially has a very a high ceiling. A club man who will defer to the new structure and hierarchy. Cons: No managerial experience. Arteta has also played alongside several members of Arsenal's squad - how will that affect his ability to make ruthless and difficult decisions? Possible that fans will have little patience with a rookie. Brendan Rodgers Odds: 6/1 Pros:Coaches attractive and progressive football, and has an impressive history of developing young attackers. Led Liverpool to within touching distance of their first title since 1990, and has done all that could be asked of him (and a bit more) at Celtic. Cons:The teeth, the tan, the catchphrases. Arsenal became a running joke in the late-Wenger years, and Rodgers also lends himself to parody. Would be deeply unpopular with the fans, something likely to count against him. His Liverpool side were also beset by defensive weaknesses, the very area Arsenal urgently need improvement. How Arsene Wenger's potential replacements would change Arsenal Massimiliano Allegri Odds: 13/2 Pros: A proven track record at the highest level of European football, Allegri has guided to Juventus to successive Serie A titles and two Champions League finals. Like Wenger, is a highly respected figure within football who would be a classy public face for the club. Already has experience of succeeding as a much-loved manager (Antonio Conte) and won over the Juve fans who were unhappy with his appointment. Would bring a more pragmatic approach to Arsenal's football. Cons: Liverpool and Spurs have bettered Arsenal in the past two seasons with coaches who have a clear playing identity or 'philosophy'. Allegri is not quite like that. The Italian said "You think tackling, passing & running wins in football. Footballing discussions in Italy is all about tactics and theory, you’re ruining the game. You don’t look at players or skills, but only formations. This is what damages our football." His tactical flexibility is a virtue, but there is a school of thought it is best served fine-tuning elite teams. Arsenal are more of a project at present. Carlo Ancelotti Odds: 14/1 Pros: A safe pair of hands who could steer Arsenal through what some believe could be a difficult transition. Essentially, he would ensure the club avoid a 'Moyes' situation. Has managed in England before, winning the double with Chelsea in 2010. A friendly and avuncular figure who the fans would warm too. Cons: Too similar to Wenger in his methods. Arsenal watchers have long felt their players suffer due to a lack of prescriptive coaching, with Wenger leaving them to find their own solutions. Ancelotti is also more of a manager than a coach, and a laissez-faire approach could result in more of the same. Luis Enrique won the treble at Barcelona Credit: Getty Images Luis Enrique Odds: 12/1 Pros: Has a crystal clear idea of how he wants football to be played, and won the treble at Barcelona. Enrique has a working relationship with Sanllehi, and unlike other names on this list has experience of managing a big European club. Cons: A disastrous spell at Roma is a black mark on his CV, and reports suggest he will make huge financial demands both contractually and in the transfer market. Enrique can also be a spiky and abrasive character who had frequent run-ins with the press at Barcelona. While Wenger was no stranger to the odd moan, he was also a master of charm in press conferences. Moreover, while it would be ridiculous to say managing Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar is 'easy', it does make his work at the Nou Camp difficult to assess. Zeljko Buvac is a surprise candidate Credit: Reuters Julian Nagelsmann Odds: 14/1 Pros:A possible dark horse who ticks plenty of Arsenal's boxes. Was appointed Hoffenheim head coach at the age of 28 in 2015, leading them away from relegation trouble in his first season and qualifying for the Champions League in his second. Coaches a dynamic, energetic style based on fast recoveries of possession and looks a huge prospect. Would fit into Arsenal's structure seamlessly, and is another networked German. Cons: The move might be two or three years too soon for him. Nagelsmann might be better off developing elsewhere. Zeljko Buvac Odds: 20/1 Pros: Known as 'The Brain', Buvac is a highly-regarded coach with an intimate knowledge of Arsenal and the Premier League working as Jurgen Klopp's No.2 at Liverpool. Buvac would not demand a transfer warchest - his priority would be getting Arsenal training methods up to speed and extracting the most out of a talented, if unbalanced, squad. Would bring ideas and necessary organisation to Arsenal's play. Cons: Has not managed since 2001, does not speak English and has never dealt with media commitments. It seems slightly strange that a 57-year-old has not gone it alone before if he really had managerial ambitions. A significant section of the fanbase would greet him with scepticism. Eddie Howe Odds: 25/1 Pros: See Rodgers. There is no faulting his work at Bournemouth, and Arsenal just might be attracted to the idea of swimming against the stream and appointing an English manager. Cons: It would feel a bit 'Moyes-ey'. A spell at Burnley did not quite work out for Howe, raising suspicions he might be uniquely suited to Bournemouth. No big club experience. Like Rodgers, his teams also leak cheap goals. Who will replace Arsene Wenger at Arsenal? Joachim Löw Odds: 33/1 Pros: He's a world champion, and has also built a successful team around Mesut Özil. With Per Mertesacker as head of the academy and Arsenal's recent purchases from the Bundesliga, there are obvious connections. Tactically fluid. Cons: Löw has not managed at club level since he left Austria Vienna in 2004, and the demands of a top club job are very different to guiding a team through a summer tournament. Leonardo Jardim Odds: 33/1 Pros: Some of the brightest talents in European football have passed through Jardim's hands at Monaco, and he stitched them together in a stylish team that won Ligue 1 and reached the Champions League semi-finals last season. Is used to working at a club that cuts its cloth accordingly in the transfer market, selling their best players for huge fees and reinvesting in the squad. Arsenal will not plan on losing players at the frequency of Monaco, but they also have to be realistic about their place in the financial pecking order. Only 43 years old, too. Cons:Far from a compelling personality, Arsenal might want more from their figurehead. Will Arsenal's scouting be as fruitful as Monaco's? Could Patrick Vieira be the man to succeed Arsene Wenger? Credit: AP Patrick Vieira Odds: 33/1 Pros: See Arteta, but with the added advantage of managing a team of his own (New York City in the MLS). A club legend who could galvanise the fan-base, and who will have the instant respect of the players. Cons: His abilities as a coach are very difficult to ascertain. While Vieira's ability as a player is undisputed, he also had a difficult relationship with the club during summer sagas that saw him push for a move, particularly when Real Madrid came calling. Would he do the same as a manager? Odds correct on May 15 and via Betfair/Paddy Power.
Arsene Wenger replacement: Definitive guide to the runners and riders for the new Arsenal manager
Arsenal's announcement that Arsène Wenger will step down as manager after 22 years in charge sent shockwaves through English football. Despite widespread acceptance that a parting of the ways was the correct decision, nobody anticipated the timing of the news. After days of tributes and retrospectives on Wenger's reign, attention turned to who Arsenal would choose to succeed the most successful manager in the club's history. Would it be a legendary former player, a youthful head coach with big ideas or a charismatic manager with stature and gravitas? The search is on, and here is everything you need to know about the process. What are Arsenal looking for? Who better to ask than chief executive Ivan Gazidis? In his press conference at the Emirates the day Wenger's departure was announced, he outlined some of the attributes Arsenal value in a manger (without giving too much away, of course). Gazidis said: What I will say is that it’s important to me that we continue the football values that Arsene has instilled in the club, I want to see someone who can continue that for our fans and our fans want to see that, someone who will continue to play exciting, progressive football that gets people interested and excited in the games we play. I also think there is a significant piece in Arsenal Football Club in how the candidate represents the club and I think it’s important to Arsenal fans. So those qualities. Gazidis also spoke about the importance of a coach who gives opportunities to young players, before adding: I think we’ve got to be open-minded and also brave in the decision. When Arsene was appointed, I don’t think he was on many people’s radar screens. And that doesn’t mean that we have to make an another appointment that not everybody is thinking about and talking about. But it does mean we need to be bold in the appointment and get the person that we believe is the right person. Another priority for Arsenal is finding a candidate who can heal the divisions in the fanbase. Although most supporters were unified in their belief the time was right for change, the last five years and more have been marred by in-fighting among Arsenal fans. So much so that they have become their own online 'meme'. Apathy overtook anger this season, with thousands of season ticket holders staying away and leaving their seats empty. While Arsenal will not make a populist appointment simply to appease the masses, they will want to avoid a corrosive character who will re-open old wounds. Our man Jeremy Wilson reports that Arsenal are exploring 'a range of younger head coach-style options', and want someone 'with the coaching track-record to bring out the best in the existing squad while also progressing the club’s younger players'. Re-uniting the fan base will be one of Arsenal's priorities Credit: Reuters What have Arsenal done previously? One of the most intriguing aspects of the story. Arsenal have not needed to appoint a manager since 1996, so when trying to second guess their intentions we are starting from scratch. New head of football relations Raul Sanllehi oversaw several managerial changes at Barcelona, while new head of recruitment Sven Mislintat has seen coaches come and go at Borussia Dortmund. This is Gazidis' first experience of the process, however. Arsenal as a club do have a history of making the kind of left-field, 'bold' appointments Gazidis spoke of. Wenger himself famously arrived from Japanese club Nagoya Grampus Eight, George Graham was manager of second division Millwall while 1971 double-winner Bertie Mee was a physio. Arsenal surprised everyone with the appointment of Arsene Wenger Credit: ALLSPORT That could be music to the ears of majority shareholder Stan Kroenke, who has had success in another sporting venture by appointing a young up-and-comer. His NFL franchise the LA Rams were stagnant under long-serving coach Jeff Fisher, but their fortunes have been revived by Sean McVay - the youngest coach in NFL history. Some clues for Arsenal fans there, perhaps. Who are the key decision makers? Gazidis, Sanllehi and Mislintat will all have a say, with Matt Law reporting in the Daily Telegraph last month that the trio each have their preferred candidates, which could be a source of tension. Ultimately, it will be down to Gazidis to present Kroenke with their recommendations who will sign off on any decision. Kroenke could be assisted by son Josh, who spent three months in London this year familiarising himself with Arsenal operations. The younger Kroenke is thought to be a key ally of Gazidis, and his opinion could prove important. Father and Son: Stand and Josh Kroenke Credit: Getty Images What do the betting markets suggest? The odds on next Arsenal manager were quite volatile in the weeks before the announcement, as is usually the case in markets with low liquidity (not many bets being matched). The news that Thomas Tuchel is likely to join Paris Saint-Germain has seen him fall out of the running, while Massimiliano Allegri and Zeljko Buvac have moved to the front of the market. Neither favourite looks a cast-iron certainty, however. There have been nibbles on Eddie Howe and Carlo Ancelotti at bigger prices. Change in Arsenal manager odds Buvac is the leading candidate to succeed Wenger What now for Arsene Wenger? Wenger has said he will take a four or five week break at the end of the season to review his future. The Frenchman has expressed a desire to continue working, and will be at the World Cup in Russia as a television pundit. Those who know Wenger say he is still full of enthusiasm and vitality, and the 68-year-old is in good health. There are long-running links to the France job, though Wenger's love of day-to-day work on the training ground could put him off international management. Wenger has said it would be 'difficult' emotionally to manage another Premier League team, but hopes he has not managed his last match in the Champions League. All that suggests he might be open to a European club job. What next for Arsene Wenger - the departing Arsenal manager's possible destinations The contenders Mikel Arteta Odds: 1/3 Pros: The emotional bond fans felt towards Wenger could be maintained with the appointment of a former player, with supporters rooting for 'one of their own'. Not many players are offered jobs by Pep Guardiola, Mauricio Pochettino and Arsenal as soon as they retire so Arteta is obviously a smart cookie. Will have learnt so much in two years under Guardiola and potentially has a very a high ceiling. A club man who will defer to the new structure and hierarchy. Cons: No managerial experience. Arteta has also played alongside several members of Arsenal's squad - how will that affect his ability to make ruthless and difficult decisions? Possible that fans will have little patience with a rookie. Brendan Rodgers Odds: 6/1 Pros:Coaches attractive and progressive football, and has an impressive history of developing young attackers. Led Liverpool to within touching distance of their first title since 1990, and has done all that could be asked of him (and a bit more) at Celtic. Cons:The teeth, the tan, the catchphrases. Arsenal became a running joke in the late-Wenger years, and Rodgers also lends himself to parody. Would be deeply unpopular with the fans, something likely to count against him. His Liverpool side were also beset by defensive weaknesses, the very area Arsenal urgently need improvement. How Arsene Wenger's potential replacements would change Arsenal Massimiliano Allegri Odds: 13/2 Pros: A proven track record at the highest level of European football, Allegri has guided to Juventus to successive Serie A titles and two Champions League finals. Like Wenger, is a highly respected figure within football who would be a classy public face for the club. Already has experience of succeeding as a much-loved manager (Antonio Conte) and won over the Juve fans who were unhappy with his appointment. Would bring a more pragmatic approach to Arsenal's football. Cons: Liverpool and Spurs have bettered Arsenal in the past two seasons with coaches who have a clear playing identity or 'philosophy'. Allegri is not quite like that. The Italian said "You think tackling, passing & running wins in football. Footballing discussions in Italy is all about tactics and theory, you’re ruining the game. You don’t look at players or skills, but only formations. This is what damages our football." His tactical flexibility is a virtue, but there is a school of thought it is best served fine-tuning elite teams. Arsenal are more of a project at present. Carlo Ancelotti Odds: 14/1 Pros: A safe pair of hands who could steer Arsenal through what some believe could be a difficult transition. Essentially, he would ensure the club avoid a 'Moyes' situation. Has managed in England before, winning the double with Chelsea in 2010. A friendly and avuncular figure who the fans would warm too. Cons: Too similar to Wenger in his methods. Arsenal watchers have long felt their players suffer due to a lack of prescriptive coaching, with Wenger leaving them to find their own solutions. Ancelotti is also more of a manager than a coach, and a laissez-faire approach could result in more of the same. Luis Enrique won the treble at Barcelona Credit: Getty Images Luis Enrique Odds: 12/1 Pros: Has a crystal clear idea of how he wants football to be played, and won the treble at Barcelona. Enrique has a working relationship with Sanllehi, and unlike other names on this list has experience of managing a big European club. Cons: A disastrous spell at Roma is a black mark on his CV, and reports suggest he will make huge financial demands both contractually and in the transfer market. Enrique can also be a spiky and abrasive character who had frequent run-ins with the press at Barcelona. While Wenger was no stranger to the odd moan, he was also a master of charm in press conferences. Moreover, while it would be ridiculous to say managing Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar is 'easy', it does make his work at the Nou Camp difficult to assess. Zeljko Buvac is a surprise candidate Credit: Reuters Julian Nagelsmann Odds: 14/1 Pros:A possible dark horse who ticks plenty of Arsenal's boxes. Was appointed Hoffenheim head coach at the age of 28 in 2015, leading them away from relegation trouble in his first season and qualifying for the Champions League in his second. Coaches a dynamic, energetic style based on fast recoveries of possession and looks a huge prospect. Would fit into Arsenal's structure seamlessly, and is another networked German. Cons: The move might be two or three years too soon for him. Nagelsmann might be better off developing elsewhere. Zeljko Buvac Odds: 20/1 Pros: Known as 'The Brain', Buvac is a highly-regarded coach with an intimate knowledge of Arsenal and the Premier League working as Jurgen Klopp's No.2 at Liverpool. Buvac would not demand a transfer warchest - his priority would be getting Arsenal training methods up to speed and extracting the most out of a talented, if unbalanced, squad. Would bring ideas and necessary organisation to Arsenal's play. Cons: Has not managed since 2001, does not speak English and has never dealt with media commitments. It seems slightly strange that a 57-year-old has not gone it alone before if he really had managerial ambitions. A significant section of the fanbase would greet him with scepticism. Eddie Howe Odds: 25/1 Pros: See Rodgers. There is no faulting his work at Bournemouth, and Arsenal just might be attracted to the idea of swimming against the stream and appointing an English manager. Cons: It would feel a bit 'Moyes-ey'. A spell at Burnley did not quite work out for Howe, raising suspicions he might be uniquely suited to Bournemouth. No big club experience. Like Rodgers, his teams also leak cheap goals. Who will replace Arsene Wenger at Arsenal? Joachim Löw Odds: 33/1 Pros: He's a world champion, and has also built a successful team around Mesut Özil. With Per Mertesacker as head of the academy and Arsenal's recent purchases from the Bundesliga, there are obvious connections. Tactically fluid. Cons: Löw has not managed at club level since he left Austria Vienna in 2004, and the demands of a top club job are very different to guiding a team through a summer tournament. Leonardo Jardim Odds: 33/1 Pros: Some of the brightest talents in European football have passed through Jardim's hands at Monaco, and he stitched them together in a stylish team that won Ligue 1 and reached the Champions League semi-finals last season. Is used to working at a club that cuts its cloth accordingly in the transfer market, selling their best players for huge fees and reinvesting in the squad. Arsenal will not plan on losing players at the frequency of Monaco, but they also have to be realistic about their place in the financial pecking order. Only 43 years old, too. Cons:Far from a compelling personality, Arsenal might want more from their figurehead. Will Arsenal's scouting be as fruitful as Monaco's? Could Patrick Vieira be the man to succeed Arsene Wenger? Credit: AP Patrick Vieira Odds: 33/1 Pros: See Arteta, but with the added advantage of managing a team of his own (New York City in the MLS). A club legend who could galvanise the fan-base, and who will have the instant respect of the players. Cons: His abilities as a coach are very difficult to ascertain. While Vieira's ability as a player is undisputed, he also had a difficult relationship with the club during summer sagas that saw him push for a move, particularly when Real Madrid came calling. Would he do the same as a manager? Odds correct on May 15 and via Betfair/Paddy Power.
Arsenal's announcement that Arsène Wenger will step down as manager after 22 years in charge sent shockwaves through English football. Despite widespread acceptance that a parting of the ways was the correct decision, nobody anticipated the timing of the news. After days of tributes and retrospectives on Wenger's reign, attention turned to who Arsenal would choose to succeed the most successful manager in the club's history. Would it be a legendary former player, a youthful head coach with big ideas or a charismatic manager with stature and gravitas? The search is on, and here is everything you need to know about the process. What are Arsenal looking for? Who better to ask than chief executive Ivan Gazidis? In his press conference at the Emirates the day Wenger's departure was announced, he outlined some of the attributes Arsenal value in a manger (without giving too much away, of course). Gazidis said: What I will say is that it’s important to me that we continue the football values that Arsene has instilled in the club, I want to see someone who can continue that for our fans and our fans want to see that, someone who will continue to play exciting, progressive football that gets people interested and excited in the games we play. I also think there is a significant piece in Arsenal Football Club in how the candidate represents the club and I think it’s important to Arsenal fans. So those qualities. Gazidis also spoke about the importance of a coach who gives opportunities to young players, before adding: I think we’ve got to be open-minded and also brave in the decision. When Arsene was appointed, I don’t think he was on many people’s radar screens. And that doesn’t mean that we have to make an another appointment that not everybody is thinking about and talking about. But it does mean we need to be bold in the appointment and get the person that we believe is the right person. Another priority for Arsenal is finding a candidate who can heal the divisions in the fanbase. Although most supporters were unified in their belief the time was right for change, the last five years and more have been marred by in-fighting among Arsenal fans. So much so that they have become their own online 'meme'. Apathy overtook anger this season, with thousands of season ticket holders staying away and leaving their seats empty. While Arsenal will not make a populist appointment simply to appease the masses, they will want to avoid a corrosive character who will re-open old wounds. Our man Jeremy Wilson reports that Arsenal are exploring 'a range of younger head coach-style options', and want someone 'with the coaching track-record to bring out the best in the existing squad while also progressing the club’s younger players'. Re-uniting the fan base will be one of Arsenal's priorities Credit: Reuters What have Arsenal done previously? One of the most intriguing aspects of the story. Arsenal have not needed to appoint a manager since 1996, so when trying to second guess their intentions we are starting from scratch. New head of football relations Raul Sanllehi oversaw several managerial changes at Barcelona, while new head of recruitment Sven Mislintat has seen coaches come and go at Borussia Dortmund. This is Gazidis' first experience of the process, however. Arsenal as a club do have a history of making the kind of left-field, 'bold' appointments Gazidis spoke of. Wenger himself famously arrived from Japanese club Nagoya Grampus Eight, George Graham was manager of second division Millwall while 1971 double-winner Bertie Mee was a physio. Arsenal surprised everyone with the appointment of Arsene Wenger Credit: ALLSPORT That could be music to the ears of majority shareholder Stan Kroenke, who has had success in another sporting venture by appointing a young up-and-comer. His NFL franchise the LA Rams were stagnant under long-serving coach Jeff Fisher, but their fortunes have been revived by Sean McVay - the youngest coach in NFL history. Some clues for Arsenal fans there, perhaps. Who are the key decision makers? Gazidis, Sanllehi and Mislintat will all have a say, with Matt Law reporting in the Daily Telegraph last month that the trio each have their preferred candidates, which could be a source of tension. Ultimately, it will be down to Gazidis to present Kroenke with their recommendations who will sign off on any decision. Kroenke could be assisted by son Josh, who spent three months in London this year familiarising himself with Arsenal operations. The younger Kroenke is thought to be a key ally of Gazidis, and his opinion could prove important. Father and Son: Stand and Josh Kroenke Credit: Getty Images What do the betting markets suggest? The odds on next Arsenal manager were quite volatile in the weeks before the announcement, as is usually the case in markets with low liquidity (not many bets being matched). The news that Thomas Tuchel is likely to join Paris Saint-Germain has seen him fall out of the running, while Massimiliano Allegri and Zeljko Buvac have moved to the front of the market. Neither favourite looks a cast-iron certainty, however. There have been nibbles on Eddie Howe and Carlo Ancelotti at bigger prices. Change in Arsenal manager odds Buvac is the leading candidate to succeed Wenger What now for Arsene Wenger? Wenger has said he will take a four or five week break at the end of the season to review his future. The Frenchman has expressed a desire to continue working, and will be at the World Cup in Russia as a television pundit. Those who know Wenger say he is still full of enthusiasm and vitality, and the 68-year-old is in good health. There are long-running links to the France job, though Wenger's love of day-to-day work on the training ground could put him off international management. Wenger has said it would be 'difficult' emotionally to manage another Premier League team, but hopes he has not managed his last match in the Champions League. All that suggests he might be open to a European club job. What next for Arsene Wenger - the departing Arsenal manager's possible destinations The contenders Mikel Arteta Odds: 1/3 Pros: The emotional bond fans felt towards Wenger could be maintained with the appointment of a former player, with supporters rooting for 'one of their own'. Not many players are offered jobs by Pep Guardiola, Mauricio Pochettino and Arsenal as soon as they retire so Arteta is obviously a smart cookie. Will have learnt so much in two years under Guardiola and potentially has a very a high ceiling. A club man who will defer to the new structure and hierarchy. Cons: No managerial experience. Arteta has also played alongside several members of Arsenal's squad - how will that affect his ability to make ruthless and difficult decisions? Possible that fans will have little patience with a rookie. Brendan Rodgers Odds: 6/1 Pros:Coaches attractive and progressive football, and has an impressive history of developing young attackers. Led Liverpool to within touching distance of their first title since 1990, and has done all that could be asked of him (and a bit more) at Celtic. Cons:The teeth, the tan, the catchphrases. Arsenal became a running joke in the late-Wenger years, and Rodgers also lends himself to parody. Would be deeply unpopular with the fans, something likely to count against him. His Liverpool side were also beset by defensive weaknesses, the very area Arsenal urgently need improvement. How Arsene Wenger's potential replacements would change Arsenal Massimiliano Allegri Odds: 13/2 Pros: A proven track record at the highest level of European football, Allegri has guided to Juventus to successive Serie A titles and two Champions League finals. Like Wenger, is a highly respected figure within football who would be a classy public face for the club. Already has experience of succeeding as a much-loved manager (Antonio Conte) and won over the Juve fans who were unhappy with his appointment. Would bring a more pragmatic approach to Arsenal's football. Cons: Liverpool and Spurs have bettered Arsenal in the past two seasons with coaches who have a clear playing identity or 'philosophy'. Allegri is not quite like that. The Italian said "You think tackling, passing & running wins in football. Footballing discussions in Italy is all about tactics and theory, you’re ruining the game. You don’t look at players or skills, but only formations. This is what damages our football." His tactical flexibility is a virtue, but there is a school of thought it is best served fine-tuning elite teams. Arsenal are more of a project at present. Carlo Ancelotti Odds: 14/1 Pros: A safe pair of hands who could steer Arsenal through what some believe could be a difficult transition. Essentially, he would ensure the club avoid a 'Moyes' situation. Has managed in England before, winning the double with Chelsea in 2010. A friendly and avuncular figure who the fans would warm too. Cons: Too similar to Wenger in his methods. Arsenal watchers have long felt their players suffer due to a lack of prescriptive coaching, with Wenger leaving them to find their own solutions. Ancelotti is also more of a manager than a coach, and a laissez-faire approach could result in more of the same. Luis Enrique won the treble at Barcelona Credit: Getty Images Luis Enrique Odds: 12/1 Pros: Has a crystal clear idea of how he wants football to be played, and won the treble at Barcelona. Enrique has a working relationship with Sanllehi, and unlike other names on this list has experience of managing a big European club. Cons: A disastrous spell at Roma is a black mark on his CV, and reports suggest he will make huge financial demands both contractually and in the transfer market. Enrique can also be a spiky and abrasive character who had frequent run-ins with the press at Barcelona. While Wenger was no stranger to the odd moan, he was also a master of charm in press conferences. Moreover, while it would be ridiculous to say managing Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar is 'easy', it does make his work at the Nou Camp difficult to assess. Zeljko Buvac is a surprise candidate Credit: Reuters Julian Nagelsmann Odds: 14/1 Pros:A possible dark horse who ticks plenty of Arsenal's boxes. Was appointed Hoffenheim head coach at the age of 28 in 2015, leading them away from relegation trouble in his first season and qualifying for the Champions League in his second. Coaches a dynamic, energetic style based on fast recoveries of possession and looks a huge prospect. Would fit into Arsenal's structure seamlessly, and is another networked German. Cons: The move might be two or three years too soon for him. Nagelsmann might be better off developing elsewhere. Zeljko Buvac Odds: 20/1 Pros: Known as 'The Brain', Buvac is a highly-regarded coach with an intimate knowledge of Arsenal and the Premier League working as Jurgen Klopp's No.2 at Liverpool. Buvac would not demand a transfer warchest - his priority would be getting Arsenal training methods up to speed and extracting the most out of a talented, if unbalanced, squad. Would bring ideas and necessary organisation to Arsenal's play. Cons: Has not managed since 2001, does not speak English and has never dealt with media commitments. It seems slightly strange that a 57-year-old has not gone it alone before if he really had managerial ambitions. A significant section of the fanbase would greet him with scepticism. Eddie Howe Odds: 25/1 Pros: See Rodgers. There is no faulting his work at Bournemouth, and Arsenal just might be attracted to the idea of swimming against the stream and appointing an English manager. Cons: It would feel a bit 'Moyes-ey'. A spell at Burnley did not quite work out for Howe, raising suspicions he might be uniquely suited to Bournemouth. No big club experience. Like Rodgers, his teams also leak cheap goals. Who will replace Arsene Wenger at Arsenal? Joachim Löw Odds: 33/1 Pros: He's a world champion, and has also built a successful team around Mesut Özil. With Per Mertesacker as head of the academy and Arsenal's recent purchases from the Bundesliga, there are obvious connections. Tactically fluid. Cons: Löw has not managed at club level since he left Austria Vienna in 2004, and the demands of a top club job are very different to guiding a team through a summer tournament. Leonardo Jardim Odds: 33/1 Pros: Some of the brightest talents in European football have passed through Jardim's hands at Monaco, and he stitched them together in a stylish team that won Ligue 1 and reached the Champions League semi-finals last season. Is used to working at a club that cuts its cloth accordingly in the transfer market, selling their best players for huge fees and reinvesting in the squad. Arsenal will not plan on losing players at the frequency of Monaco, but they also have to be realistic about their place in the financial pecking order. Only 43 years old, too. Cons:Far from a compelling personality, Arsenal might want more from their figurehead. Will Arsenal's scouting be as fruitful as Monaco's? Could Patrick Vieira be the man to succeed Arsene Wenger? Credit: AP Patrick Vieira Odds: 33/1 Pros: See Arteta, but with the added advantage of managing a team of his own (New York City in the MLS). A club legend who could galvanise the fan-base, and who will have the instant respect of the players. Cons: His abilities as a coach are very difficult to ascertain. While Vieira's ability as a player is undisputed, he also had a difficult relationship with the club during summer sagas that saw him push for a move, particularly when Real Madrid came calling. Would he do the same as a manager? Odds correct on May 15 and via Betfair/Paddy Power.
Arsene Wenger replacement: Definitive guide to the runners and riders for the new Arsenal manager
Arsenal's announcement that Arsène Wenger will step down as manager after 22 years in charge sent shockwaves through English football. Despite widespread acceptance that a parting of the ways was the correct decision, nobody anticipated the timing of the news. After days of tributes and retrospectives on Wenger's reign, attention turned to who Arsenal would choose to succeed the most successful manager in the club's history. Would it be a legendary former player, a youthful head coach with big ideas or a charismatic manager with stature and gravitas? The search is on, and here is everything you need to know about the process. What are Arsenal looking for? Who better to ask than chief executive Ivan Gazidis? In his press conference at the Emirates the day Wenger's departure was announced, he outlined some of the attributes Arsenal value in a manger (without giving too much away, of course). Gazidis said: What I will say is that it’s important to me that we continue the football values that Arsene has instilled in the club, I want to see someone who can continue that for our fans and our fans want to see that, someone who will continue to play exciting, progressive football that gets people interested and excited in the games we play. I also think there is a significant piece in Arsenal Football Club in how the candidate represents the club and I think it’s important to Arsenal fans. So those qualities. Gazidis also spoke about the importance of a coach who gives opportunities to young players, before adding: I think we’ve got to be open-minded and also brave in the decision. When Arsene was appointed, I don’t think he was on many people’s radar screens. And that doesn’t mean that we have to make an another appointment that not everybody is thinking about and talking about. But it does mean we need to be bold in the appointment and get the person that we believe is the right person. Another priority for Arsenal is finding a candidate who can heal the divisions in the fanbase. Although most supporters were unified in their belief the time was right for change, the last five years and more have been marred by in-fighting among Arsenal fans. So much so that they have become their own online 'meme'. Apathy overtook anger this season, with thousands of season ticket holders staying away and leaving their seats empty. While Arsenal will not make a populist appointment simply to appease the masses, they will want to avoid a corrosive character who will re-open old wounds. Our man Jeremy Wilson reports that Arsenal are exploring 'a range of younger head coach-style options', and want someone 'with the coaching track-record to bring out the best in the existing squad while also progressing the club’s younger players'. Re-uniting the fan base will be one of Arsenal's priorities Credit: Reuters What have Arsenal done previously? One of the most intriguing aspects of the story. Arsenal have not needed to appoint a manager since 1996, so when trying to second guess their intentions we are starting from scratch. New head of football relations Raul Sanllehi oversaw several managerial changes at Barcelona, while new head of recruitment Sven Mislintat has seen coaches come and go at Borussia Dortmund. This is Gazidis' first experience of the process, however. Arsenal as a club do have a history of making the kind of left-field, 'bold' appointments Gazidis spoke of. Wenger himself famously arrived from Japanese club Nagoya Grampus Eight, George Graham was manager of second division Millwall while 1971 double-winner Bertie Mee was a physio. Arsenal surprised everyone with the appointment of Arsene Wenger Credit: ALLSPORT That could be music to the ears of majority shareholder Stan Kroenke, who has had success in another sporting venture by appointing a young up-and-comer. His NFL franchise the LA Rams were stagnant under long-serving coach Jeff Fisher, but their fortunes have been revived by Sean McVay - the youngest coach in NFL history. Some clues for Arsenal fans there, perhaps. Who are the key decision makers? Gazidis, Sanllehi and Mislintat will all have a say, with Matt Law reporting in the Daily Telegraph last month that the trio each have their preferred candidates, which could be a source of tension. Ultimately, it will be down to Gazidis to present Kroenke with their recommendations who will sign off on any decision. Kroenke could be assisted by son Josh, who spent three months in London this year familiarising himself with Arsenal operations. The younger Kroenke is thought to be a key ally of Gazidis, and his opinion could prove important. Father and Son: Stand and Josh Kroenke Credit: Getty Images What do the betting markets suggest? The odds on next Arsenal manager were quite volatile in the weeks before the announcement, as is usually the case in markets with low liquidity (not many bets being matched). The news that Thomas Tuchel is likely to join Paris Saint-Germain has seen him fall out of the running, while Massimiliano Allegri and Zeljko Buvac have moved to the front of the market. Neither favourite looks a cast-iron certainty, however. There have been nibbles on Eddie Howe and Carlo Ancelotti at bigger prices. Change in Arsenal manager odds Buvac is the leading candidate to succeed Wenger What now for Arsene Wenger? Wenger has said he will take a four or five week break at the end of the season to review his future. The Frenchman has expressed a desire to continue working, and will be at the World Cup in Russia as a television pundit. Those who know Wenger say he is still full of enthusiasm and vitality, and the 68-year-old is in good health. There are long-running links to the France job, though Wenger's love of day-to-day work on the training ground could put him off international management. Wenger has said it would be 'difficult' emotionally to manage another Premier League team, but hopes he has not managed his last match in the Champions League. All that suggests he might be open to a European club job. What next for Arsene Wenger - the departing Arsenal manager's possible destinations The contenders Mikel Arteta Odds: 1/3 Pros: The emotional bond fans felt towards Wenger could be maintained with the appointment of a former player, with supporters rooting for 'one of their own'. Not many players are offered jobs by Pep Guardiola, Mauricio Pochettino and Arsenal as soon as they retire so Arteta is obviously a smart cookie. Will have learnt so much in two years under Guardiola and potentially has a very a high ceiling. A club man who will defer to the new structure and hierarchy. Cons: No managerial experience. Arteta has also played alongside several members of Arsenal's squad - how will that affect his ability to make ruthless and difficult decisions? Possible that fans will have little patience with a rookie. Brendan Rodgers Odds: 6/1 Pros:Coaches attractive and progressive football, and has an impressive history of developing young attackers. Led Liverpool to within touching distance of their first title since 1990, and has done all that could be asked of him (and a bit more) at Celtic. Cons:The teeth, the tan, the catchphrases. Arsenal became a running joke in the late-Wenger years, and Rodgers also lends himself to parody. Would be deeply unpopular with the fans, something likely to count against him. His Liverpool side were also beset by defensive weaknesses, the very area Arsenal urgently need improvement. How Arsene Wenger's potential replacements would change Arsenal Massimiliano Allegri Odds: 13/2 Pros: A proven track record at the highest level of European football, Allegri has guided to Juventus to successive Serie A titles and two Champions League finals. Like Wenger, is a highly respected figure within football who would be a classy public face for the club. Already has experience of succeeding as a much-loved manager (Antonio Conte) and won over the Juve fans who were unhappy with his appointment. Would bring a more pragmatic approach to Arsenal's football. Cons: Liverpool and Spurs have bettered Arsenal in the past two seasons with coaches who have a clear playing identity or 'philosophy'. Allegri is not quite like that. The Italian said "You think tackling, passing & running wins in football. Footballing discussions in Italy is all about tactics and theory, you’re ruining the game. You don’t look at players or skills, but only formations. This is what damages our football." His tactical flexibility is a virtue, but there is a school of thought it is best served fine-tuning elite teams. Arsenal are more of a project at present. Carlo Ancelotti Odds: 14/1 Pros: A safe pair of hands who could steer Arsenal through what some believe could be a difficult transition. Essentially, he would ensure the club avoid a 'Moyes' situation. Has managed in England before, winning the double with Chelsea in 2010. A friendly and avuncular figure who the fans would warm too. Cons: Too similar to Wenger in his methods. Arsenal watchers have long felt their players suffer due to a lack of prescriptive coaching, with Wenger leaving them to find their own solutions. Ancelotti is also more of a manager than a coach, and a laissez-faire approach could result in more of the same. Luis Enrique won the treble at Barcelona Credit: Getty Images Luis Enrique Odds: 12/1 Pros: Has a crystal clear idea of how he wants football to be played, and won the treble at Barcelona. Enrique has a working relationship with Sanllehi, and unlike other names on this list has experience of managing a big European club. Cons: A disastrous spell at Roma is a black mark on his CV, and reports suggest he will make huge financial demands both contractually and in the transfer market. Enrique can also be a spiky and abrasive character who had frequent run-ins with the press at Barcelona. While Wenger was no stranger to the odd moan, he was also a master of charm in press conferences. Moreover, while it would be ridiculous to say managing Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar is 'easy', it does make his work at the Nou Camp difficult to assess. Zeljko Buvac is a surprise candidate Credit: Reuters Julian Nagelsmann Odds: 14/1 Pros:A possible dark horse who ticks plenty of Arsenal's boxes. Was appointed Hoffenheim head coach at the age of 28 in 2015, leading them away from relegation trouble in his first season and qualifying for the Champions League in his second. Coaches a dynamic, energetic style based on fast recoveries of possession and looks a huge prospect. Would fit into Arsenal's structure seamlessly, and is another networked German. Cons: The move might be two or three years too soon for him. Nagelsmann might be better off developing elsewhere. Zeljko Buvac Odds: 20/1 Pros: Known as 'The Brain', Buvac is a highly-regarded coach with an intimate knowledge of Arsenal and the Premier League working as Jurgen Klopp's No.2 at Liverpool. Buvac would not demand a transfer warchest - his priority would be getting Arsenal training methods up to speed and extracting the most out of a talented, if unbalanced, squad. Would bring ideas and necessary organisation to Arsenal's play. Cons: Has not managed since 2001, does not speak English and has never dealt with media commitments. It seems slightly strange that a 57-year-old has not gone it alone before if he really had managerial ambitions. A significant section of the fanbase would greet him with scepticism. Eddie Howe Odds: 25/1 Pros: See Rodgers. There is no faulting his work at Bournemouth, and Arsenal just might be attracted to the idea of swimming against the stream and appointing an English manager. Cons: It would feel a bit 'Moyes-ey'. A spell at Burnley did not quite work out for Howe, raising suspicions he might be uniquely suited to Bournemouth. No big club experience. Like Rodgers, his teams also leak cheap goals. Who will replace Arsene Wenger at Arsenal? Joachim Löw Odds: 33/1 Pros: He's a world champion, and has also built a successful team around Mesut Özil. With Per Mertesacker as head of the academy and Arsenal's recent purchases from the Bundesliga, there are obvious connections. Tactically fluid. Cons: Löw has not managed at club level since he left Austria Vienna in 2004, and the demands of a top club job are very different to guiding a team through a summer tournament. Leonardo Jardim Odds: 33/1 Pros: Some of the brightest talents in European football have passed through Jardim's hands at Monaco, and he stitched them together in a stylish team that won Ligue 1 and reached the Champions League semi-finals last season. Is used to working at a club that cuts its cloth accordingly in the transfer market, selling their best players for huge fees and reinvesting in the squad. Arsenal will not plan on losing players at the frequency of Monaco, but they also have to be realistic about their place in the financial pecking order. Only 43 years old, too. Cons:Far from a compelling personality, Arsenal might want more from their figurehead. Will Arsenal's scouting be as fruitful as Monaco's? Could Patrick Vieira be the man to succeed Arsene Wenger? Credit: AP Patrick Vieira Odds: 33/1 Pros: See Arteta, but with the added advantage of managing a team of his own (New York City in the MLS). A club legend who could galvanise the fan-base, and who will have the instant respect of the players. Cons: His abilities as a coach are very difficult to ascertain. While Vieira's ability as a player is undisputed, he also had a difficult relationship with the club during summer sagas that saw him push for a move, particularly when Real Madrid came calling. Would he do the same as a manager? Odds correct on May 15 and via Betfair/Paddy Power.
Arsenal's announcement that Arsène Wenger will step down as manager after 22 years in charge sent shockwaves through English football. Despite widespread acceptance that a parting of the ways was the correct decision, nobody anticipated the timing of the news. After days of tributes and retrospectives on Wenger's reign, attention turned to who Arsenal would choose to succeed the most successful manager in the club's history. Would it be a legendary former player, a youthful head coach with big ideas or a charismatic manager with stature and gravitas? The search is on, and here is everything you need to know about the process. What are Arsenal looking for? Who better to ask than chief executive Ivan Gazidis? In his press conference at the Emirates the day Wenger's departure was announced, he outlined some of the attributes Arsenal value in a manger (without giving too much away, of course). Gazidis said: What I will say is that it’s important to me that we continue the football values that Arsene has instilled in the club, I want to see someone who can continue that for our fans and our fans want to see that, someone who will continue to play exciting, progressive football that gets people interested and excited in the games we play. I also think there is a significant piece in Arsenal Football Club in how the candidate represents the club and I think it’s important to Arsenal fans. So those qualities. Gazidis also spoke about the importance of a coach who gives opportunities to young players, before adding: I think we’ve got to be open-minded and also brave in the decision. When Arsene was appointed, I don’t think he was on many people’s radar screens. And that doesn’t mean that we have to make an another appointment that not everybody is thinking about and talking about. But it does mean we need to be bold in the appointment and get the person that we believe is the right person. Another priority for Arsenal is finding a candidate who can heal the divisions in the fanbase. Although most supporters were unified in their belief the time was right for change, the last five years and more have been marred by in-fighting among Arsenal fans. So much so that they have become their own online 'meme'. Apathy overtook anger this season, with thousands of season ticket holders staying away and leaving their seats empty. While Arsenal will not make a populist appointment simply to appease the masses, they will want to avoid a corrosive character who will re-open old wounds. Our man Jeremy Wilson reports that Arsenal are exploring 'a range of younger head coach-style options', and want someone 'with the coaching track-record to bring out the best in the existing squad while also progressing the club’s younger players'. Re-uniting the fan base will be one of Arsenal's priorities Credit: Reuters What have Arsenal done previously? One of the most intriguing aspects of the story. Arsenal have not needed to appoint a manager since 1996, so when trying to second guess their intentions we are starting from scratch. New head of football relations Raul Sanllehi oversaw several managerial changes at Barcelona, while new head of recruitment Sven Mislintat has seen coaches come and go at Borussia Dortmund. This is Gazidis' first experience of the process, however. Arsenal as a club do have a history of making the kind of left-field, 'bold' appointments Gazidis spoke of. Wenger himself famously arrived from Japanese club Nagoya Grampus Eight, George Graham was manager of second division Millwall while 1971 double-winner Bertie Mee was a physio. Arsenal surprised everyone with the appointment of Arsene Wenger Credit: ALLSPORT That could be music to the ears of majority shareholder Stan Kroenke, who has had success in another sporting venture by appointing a young up-and-comer. His NFL franchise the LA Rams were stagnant under long-serving coach Jeff Fisher, but their fortunes have been revived by Sean McVay - the youngest coach in NFL history. Some clues for Arsenal fans there, perhaps. Who are the key decision makers? Gazidis, Sanllehi and Mislintat will all have a say, with Matt Law reporting in the Daily Telegraph last month that the trio each have their preferred candidates, which could be a source of tension. Ultimately, it will be down to Gazidis to present Kroenke with their recommendations who will sign off on any decision. Kroenke could be assisted by son Josh, who spent three months in London this year familiarising himself with Arsenal operations. The younger Kroenke is thought to be a key ally of Gazidis, and his opinion could prove important. Father and Son: Stand and Josh Kroenke Credit: Getty Images What do the betting markets suggest? The odds on next Arsenal manager were quite volatile in the weeks before the announcement, as is usually the case in markets with low liquidity (not many bets being matched). The news that Thomas Tuchel is likely to join Paris Saint-Germain has seen him fall out of the running, while Massimiliano Allegri and Zeljko Buvac have moved to the front of the market. Neither favourite looks a cast-iron certainty, however. There have been nibbles on Eddie Howe and Carlo Ancelotti at bigger prices. Change in Arsenal manager odds Buvac is the leading candidate to succeed Wenger What now for Arsene Wenger? Wenger has said he will take a four or five week break at the end of the season to review his future. The Frenchman has expressed a desire to continue working, and will be at the World Cup in Russia as a television pundit. Those who know Wenger say he is still full of enthusiasm and vitality, and the 68-year-old is in good health. There are long-running links to the France job, though Wenger's love of day-to-day work on the training ground could put him off international management. Wenger has said it would be 'difficult' emotionally to manage another Premier League team, but hopes he has not managed his last match in the Champions League. All that suggests he might be open to a European club job. What next for Arsene Wenger - the departing Arsenal manager's possible destinations The contenders Mikel Arteta Odds: 1/3 Pros: The emotional bond fans felt towards Wenger could be maintained with the appointment of a former player, with supporters rooting for 'one of their own'. Not many players are offered jobs by Pep Guardiola, Mauricio Pochettino and Arsenal as soon as they retire so Arteta is obviously a smart cookie. Will have learnt so much in two years under Guardiola and potentially has a very a high ceiling. A club man who will defer to the new structure and hierarchy. Cons: No managerial experience. Arteta has also played alongside several members of Arsenal's squad - how will that affect his ability to make ruthless and difficult decisions? Possible that fans will have little patience with a rookie. Brendan Rodgers Odds: 6/1 Pros:Coaches attractive and progressive football, and has an impressive history of developing young attackers. Led Liverpool to within touching distance of their first title since 1990, and has done all that could be asked of him (and a bit more) at Celtic. Cons:The teeth, the tan, the catchphrases. Arsenal became a running joke in the late-Wenger years, and Rodgers also lends himself to parody. Would be deeply unpopular with the fans, something likely to count against him. His Liverpool side were also beset by defensive weaknesses, the very area Arsenal urgently need improvement. How Arsene Wenger's potential replacements would change Arsenal Massimiliano Allegri Odds: 13/2 Pros: A proven track record at the highest level of European football, Allegri has guided to Juventus to successive Serie A titles and two Champions League finals. Like Wenger, is a highly respected figure within football who would be a classy public face for the club. Already has experience of succeeding as a much-loved manager (Antonio Conte) and won over the Juve fans who were unhappy with his appointment. Would bring a more pragmatic approach to Arsenal's football. Cons: Liverpool and Spurs have bettered Arsenal in the past two seasons with coaches who have a clear playing identity or 'philosophy'. Allegri is not quite like that. The Italian said "You think tackling, passing & running wins in football. Footballing discussions in Italy is all about tactics and theory, you’re ruining the game. You don’t look at players or skills, but only formations. This is what damages our football." His tactical flexibility is a virtue, but there is a school of thought it is best served fine-tuning elite teams. Arsenal are more of a project at present. Carlo Ancelotti Odds: 14/1 Pros: A safe pair of hands who could steer Arsenal through what some believe could be a difficult transition. Essentially, he would ensure the club avoid a 'Moyes' situation. Has managed in England before, winning the double with Chelsea in 2010. A friendly and avuncular figure who the fans would warm too. Cons: Too similar to Wenger in his methods. Arsenal watchers have long felt their players suffer due to a lack of prescriptive coaching, with Wenger leaving them to find their own solutions. Ancelotti is also more of a manager than a coach, and a laissez-faire approach could result in more of the same. Luis Enrique won the treble at Barcelona Credit: Getty Images Luis Enrique Odds: 12/1 Pros: Has a crystal clear idea of how he wants football to be played, and won the treble at Barcelona. Enrique has a working relationship with Sanllehi, and unlike other names on this list has experience of managing a big European club. Cons: A disastrous spell at Roma is a black mark on his CV, and reports suggest he will make huge financial demands both contractually and in the transfer market. Enrique can also be a spiky and abrasive character who had frequent run-ins with the press at Barcelona. While Wenger was no stranger to the odd moan, he was also a master of charm in press conferences. Moreover, while it would be ridiculous to say managing Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar is 'easy', it does make his work at the Nou Camp difficult to assess. Zeljko Buvac is a surprise candidate Credit: Reuters Julian Nagelsmann Odds: 14/1 Pros:A possible dark horse who ticks plenty of Arsenal's boxes. Was appointed Hoffenheim head coach at the age of 28 in 2015, leading them away from relegation trouble in his first season and qualifying for the Champions League in his second. Coaches a dynamic, energetic style based on fast recoveries of possession and looks a huge prospect. Would fit into Arsenal's structure seamlessly, and is another networked German. Cons: The move might be two or three years too soon for him. Nagelsmann might be better off developing elsewhere. Zeljko Buvac Odds: 20/1 Pros: Known as 'The Brain', Buvac is a highly-regarded coach with an intimate knowledge of Arsenal and the Premier League working as Jurgen Klopp's No.2 at Liverpool. Buvac would not demand a transfer warchest - his priority would be getting Arsenal training methods up to speed and extracting the most out of a talented, if unbalanced, squad. Would bring ideas and necessary organisation to Arsenal's play. Cons: Has not managed since 2001, does not speak English and has never dealt with media commitments. It seems slightly strange that a 57-year-old has not gone it alone before if he really had managerial ambitions. A significant section of the fanbase would greet him with scepticism. Eddie Howe Odds: 25/1 Pros: See Rodgers. There is no faulting his work at Bournemouth, and Arsenal just might be attracted to the idea of swimming against the stream and appointing an English manager. Cons: It would feel a bit 'Moyes-ey'. A spell at Burnley did not quite work out for Howe, raising suspicions he might be uniquely suited to Bournemouth. No big club experience. Like Rodgers, his teams also leak cheap goals. Who will replace Arsene Wenger at Arsenal? Joachim Löw Odds: 33/1 Pros: He's a world champion, and has also built a successful team around Mesut Özil. With Per Mertesacker as head of the academy and Arsenal's recent purchases from the Bundesliga, there are obvious connections. Tactically fluid. Cons: Löw has not managed at club level since he left Austria Vienna in 2004, and the demands of a top club job are very different to guiding a team through a summer tournament. Leonardo Jardim Odds: 33/1 Pros: Some of the brightest talents in European football have passed through Jardim's hands at Monaco, and he stitched them together in a stylish team that won Ligue 1 and reached the Champions League semi-finals last season. Is used to working at a club that cuts its cloth accordingly in the transfer market, selling their best players for huge fees and reinvesting in the squad. Arsenal will not plan on losing players at the frequency of Monaco, but they also have to be realistic about their place in the financial pecking order. Only 43 years old, too. Cons:Far from a compelling personality, Arsenal might want more from their figurehead. Will Arsenal's scouting be as fruitful as Monaco's? Could Patrick Vieira be the man to succeed Arsene Wenger? Credit: AP Patrick Vieira Odds: 33/1 Pros: See Arteta, but with the added advantage of managing a team of his own (New York City in the MLS). A club legend who could galvanise the fan-base, and who will have the instant respect of the players. Cons: His abilities as a coach are very difficult to ascertain. While Vieira's ability as a player is undisputed, he also had a difficult relationship with the club during summer sagas that saw him push for a move, particularly when Real Madrid came calling. Would he do the same as a manager? Odds correct on May 15 and via Betfair/Paddy Power.
Arsene Wenger replacement: Definitive guide to the runners and riders for the new Arsenal manager
Arsenal's announcement that Arsène Wenger will step down as manager after 22 years in charge sent shockwaves through English football. Despite widespread acceptance that a parting of the ways was the correct decision, nobody anticipated the timing of the news. After days of tributes and retrospectives on Wenger's reign, attention turned to who Arsenal would choose to succeed the most successful manager in the club's history. Would it be a legendary former player, a youthful head coach with big ideas or a charismatic manager with stature and gravitas? The search is on, and here is everything you need to know about the process. What are Arsenal looking for? Who better to ask than chief executive Ivan Gazidis? In his press conference at the Emirates the day Wenger's departure was announced, he outlined some of the attributes Arsenal value in a manger (without giving too much away, of course). Gazidis said: What I will say is that it’s important to me that we continue the football values that Arsene has instilled in the club, I want to see someone who can continue that for our fans and our fans want to see that, someone who will continue to play exciting, progressive football that gets people interested and excited in the games we play. I also think there is a significant piece in Arsenal Football Club in how the candidate represents the club and I think it’s important to Arsenal fans. So those qualities. Gazidis also spoke about the importance of a coach who gives opportunities to young players, before adding: I think we’ve got to be open-minded and also brave in the decision. When Arsene was appointed, I don’t think he was on many people’s radar screens. And that doesn’t mean that we have to make an another appointment that not everybody is thinking about and talking about. But it does mean we need to be bold in the appointment and get the person that we believe is the right person. Another priority for Arsenal is finding a candidate who can heal the divisions in the fanbase. Although most supporters were unified in their belief the time was right for change, the last five years and more have been marred by in-fighting among Arsenal fans. So much so that they have become their own online 'meme'. Apathy overtook anger this season, with thousands of season ticket holders staying away and leaving their seats empty. While Arsenal will not make a populist appointment simply to appease the masses, they will want to avoid a corrosive character who will re-open old wounds. Our man Jeremy Wilson reports that Arsenal are exploring 'a range of younger head coach-style options', and want someone 'with the coaching track-record to bring out the best in the existing squad while also progressing the club’s younger players'. Re-uniting the fan base will be one of Arsenal's priorities Credit: Reuters What have Arsenal done previously? One of the most intriguing aspects of the story. Arsenal have not needed to appoint a manager since 1996, so when trying to second guess their intentions we are starting from scratch. New head of football relations Raul Sanllehi oversaw several managerial changes at Barcelona, while new head of recruitment Sven Mislintat has seen coaches come and go at Borussia Dortmund. This is Gazidis' first experience of the process, however. Arsenal as a club do have a history of making the kind of left-field, 'bold' appointments Gazidis spoke of. Wenger himself famously arrived from Japanese club Nagoya Grampus Eight, George Graham was manager of second division Millwall while 1971 double-winner Bertie Mee was a physio. Arsenal surprised everyone with the appointment of Arsene Wenger Credit: ALLSPORT That could be music to the ears of majority shareholder Stan Kroenke, who has had success in another sporting venture by appointing a young up-and-comer. His NFL franchise the LA Rams were stagnant under long-serving coach Jeff Fisher, but their fortunes have been revived by Sean McVay - the youngest coach in NFL history. Some clues for Arsenal fans there, perhaps. Who are the key decision makers? Gazidis, Sanllehi and Mislintat will all have a say, with Matt Law reporting in the Daily Telegraph last month that the trio each have their preferred candidates, which could be a source of tension. Ultimately, it will be down to Gazidis to present Kroenke with their recommendations who will sign off on any decision. Kroenke could be assisted by son Josh, who spent three months in London this year familiarising himself with Arsenal operations. The younger Kroenke is thought to be a key ally of Gazidis, and his opinion could prove important. Father and Son: Stand and Josh Kroenke Credit: Getty Images What do the betting markets suggest? The odds on next Arsenal manager were quite volatile in the weeks before the announcement, as is usually the case in markets with low liquidity (not many bets being matched). The news that Thomas Tuchel is likely to join Paris Saint-Germain has seen him fall out of the running, while Massimiliano Allegri and Zeljko Buvac have moved to the front of the market. Neither favourite looks a cast-iron certainty, however. There have been nibbles on Eddie Howe and Carlo Ancelotti at bigger prices. Change in Arsenal manager odds Buvac is the leading candidate to succeed Wenger What now for Arsene Wenger? Wenger has said he will take a four or five week break at the end of the season to review his future. The Frenchman has expressed a desire to continue working, and will be at the World Cup in Russia as a television pundit. Those who know Wenger say he is still full of enthusiasm and vitality, and the 68-year-old is in good health. There are long-running links to the France job, though Wenger's love of day-to-day work on the training ground could put him off international management. Wenger has said it would be 'difficult' emotionally to manage another Premier League team, but hopes he has not managed his last match in the Champions League. All that suggests he might be open to a European club job. What next for Arsene Wenger - the departing Arsenal manager's possible destinations The contenders Mikel Arteta Odds: 1/3 Pros: The emotional bond fans felt towards Wenger could be maintained with the appointment of a former player, with supporters rooting for 'one of their own'. Not many players are offered jobs by Pep Guardiola, Mauricio Pochettino and Arsenal as soon as they retire so Arteta is obviously a smart cookie. Will have learnt so much in two years under Guardiola and potentially has a very a high ceiling. A club man who will defer to the new structure and hierarchy. Cons: No managerial experience. Arteta has also played alongside several members of Arsenal's squad - how will that affect his ability to make ruthless and difficult decisions? Possible that fans will have little patience with a rookie. Brendan Rodgers Odds: 6/1 Pros:Coaches attractive and progressive football, and has an impressive history of developing young attackers. Led Liverpool to within touching distance of their first title since 1990, and has done all that could be asked of him (and a bit more) at Celtic. Cons:The teeth, the tan, the catchphrases. Arsenal became a running joke in the late-Wenger years, and Rodgers also lends himself to parody. Would be deeply unpopular with the fans, something likely to count against him. His Liverpool side were also beset by defensive weaknesses, the very area Arsenal urgently need improvement. How Arsene Wenger's potential replacements would change Arsenal Massimiliano Allegri Odds: 13/2 Pros: A proven track record at the highest level of European football, Allegri has guided to Juventus to successive Serie A titles and two Champions League finals. Like Wenger, is a highly respected figure within football who would be a classy public face for the club. Already has experience of succeeding as a much-loved manager (Antonio Conte) and won over the Juve fans who were unhappy with his appointment. Would bring a more pragmatic approach to Arsenal's football. Cons: Liverpool and Spurs have bettered Arsenal in the past two seasons with coaches who have a clear playing identity or 'philosophy'. Allegri is not quite like that. The Italian said "You think tackling, passing & running wins in football. Footballing discussions in Italy is all about tactics and theory, you’re ruining the game. You don’t look at players or skills, but only formations. This is what damages our football." His tactical flexibility is a virtue, but there is a school of thought it is best served fine-tuning elite teams. Arsenal are more of a project at present. Carlo Ancelotti Odds: 14/1 Pros: A safe pair of hands who could steer Arsenal through what some believe could be a difficult transition. Essentially, he would ensure the club avoid a 'Moyes' situation. Has managed in England before, winning the double with Chelsea in 2010. A friendly and avuncular figure who the fans would warm too. Cons: Too similar to Wenger in his methods. Arsenal watchers have long felt their players suffer due to a lack of prescriptive coaching, with Wenger leaving them to find their own solutions. Ancelotti is also more of a manager than a coach, and a laissez-faire approach could result in more of the same. Luis Enrique won the treble at Barcelona Credit: Getty Images Luis Enrique Odds: 12/1 Pros: Has a crystal clear idea of how he wants football to be played, and won the treble at Barcelona. Enrique has a working relationship with Sanllehi, and unlike other names on this list has experience of managing a big European club. Cons: A disastrous spell at Roma is a black mark on his CV, and reports suggest he will make huge financial demands both contractually and in the transfer market. Enrique can also be a spiky and abrasive character who had frequent run-ins with the press at Barcelona. While Wenger was no stranger to the odd moan, he was also a master of charm in press conferences. Moreover, while it would be ridiculous to say managing Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar is 'easy', it does make his work at the Nou Camp difficult to assess. Zeljko Buvac is a surprise candidate Credit: Reuters Julian Nagelsmann Odds: 14/1 Pros:A possible dark horse who ticks plenty of Arsenal's boxes. Was appointed Hoffenheim head coach at the age of 28 in 2015, leading them away from relegation trouble in his first season and qualifying for the Champions League in his second. Coaches a dynamic, energetic style based on fast recoveries of possession and looks a huge prospect. Would fit into Arsenal's structure seamlessly, and is another networked German. Cons: The move might be two or three years too soon for him. Nagelsmann might be better off developing elsewhere. Zeljko Buvac Odds: 20/1 Pros: Known as 'The Brain', Buvac is a highly-regarded coach with an intimate knowledge of Arsenal and the Premier League working as Jurgen Klopp's No.2 at Liverpool. Buvac would not demand a transfer warchest - his priority would be getting Arsenal training methods up to speed and extracting the most out of a talented, if unbalanced, squad. Would bring ideas and necessary organisation to Arsenal's play. Cons: Has not managed since 2001, does not speak English and has never dealt with media commitments. It seems slightly strange that a 57-year-old has not gone it alone before if he really had managerial ambitions. A significant section of the fanbase would greet him with scepticism. Eddie Howe Odds: 25/1 Pros: See Rodgers. There is no faulting his work at Bournemouth, and Arsenal just might be attracted to the idea of swimming against the stream and appointing an English manager. Cons: It would feel a bit 'Moyes-ey'. A spell at Burnley did not quite work out for Howe, raising suspicions he might be uniquely suited to Bournemouth. No big club experience. Like Rodgers, his teams also leak cheap goals. Who will replace Arsene Wenger at Arsenal? Joachim Löw Odds: 33/1 Pros: He's a world champion, and has also built a successful team around Mesut Özil. With Per Mertesacker as head of the academy and Arsenal's recent purchases from the Bundesliga, there are obvious connections. Tactically fluid. Cons: Löw has not managed at club level since he left Austria Vienna in 2004, and the demands of a top club job are very different to guiding a team through a summer tournament. Leonardo Jardim Odds: 33/1 Pros: Some of the brightest talents in European football have passed through Jardim's hands at Monaco, and he stitched them together in a stylish team that won Ligue 1 and reached the Champions League semi-finals last season. Is used to working at a club that cuts its cloth accordingly in the transfer market, selling their best players for huge fees and reinvesting in the squad. Arsenal will not plan on losing players at the frequency of Monaco, but they also have to be realistic about their place in the financial pecking order. Only 43 years old, too. Cons:Far from a compelling personality, Arsenal might want more from their figurehead. Will Arsenal's scouting be as fruitful as Monaco's? Could Patrick Vieira be the man to succeed Arsene Wenger? Credit: AP Patrick Vieira Odds: 33/1 Pros: See Arteta, but with the added advantage of managing a team of his own (New York City in the MLS). A club legend who could galvanise the fan-base, and who will have the instant respect of the players. Cons: His abilities as a coach are very difficult to ascertain. While Vieira's ability as a player is undisputed, he also had a difficult relationship with the club during summer sagas that saw him push for a move, particularly when Real Madrid came calling. Would he do the same as a manager? Odds correct on May 15 and via Betfair/Paddy Power.
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