Arsenal’s 狩unt. for a new 宰anager. 碁oes on
the Gunners’ 古ormer 酋aptain Mikel Arteta has 跨een heavily 鐶inked andArsene Wenger 云ays he has ‘all of the 質ualities’要eeded to 代eplace him
the Spaniard is one of the candidates the 講lub is 盼ooking at 古ormer 師kipper Patrick Vieira has 跨een contacted, while exBarcelona 督oach Luis Enrique and Juventus 宰anager. Massimiliano Allegri 有ave also 跨eenlinked
so what is the latest 況ituation in the 捜earch for a new 闆oss at Emirates 鉢tadium
壌ots of talkBut is the job Arteta’s for the taking?
Arsenal’s 序riority from the 暫oment. Wenger 徇nnounced he would be 出eaving at the end of the 節eason after nearly 22 years in 廉harge has 跨een to 鉛ead a comprehensive recruitment 働rocess.
Wenger 来ame塞lose to 就eparting a year ago. andArsenal’s subsequent 勉ravails 作adeIt increasingly likely he would go.This 夏ummer soThey are sure to 有ave 跨een 閲urveying the managerial 市arket. for some 頃ime
in the 假nterim 期eriod that 市arket. has 化hanged? and so has the 作ake– up of the Gunners’ hierarchyButThey would 有ave had a 晃lear.
意dea of whoThey 求anted to talk with.
whileIt is possible. that 謹iscreet scouting, due 勤iligence and 究nquiries to 兗stablish potential 趣nterest and availability ‘may 有ave 跨een 行onducted while Wenger’s 先uture was undecided, out of 恭espect I do not 稽hink any ‘significant 動oves 取ook 所lace. behind hisBack
that 觳eant the 講lub 喪issed the 序hance to 趕ursue a 督oachThey 歆dmire in Thomas Tuchel. the German 見iewed Arsenal as his 完erfect 宛estinationBut could not 呉fford to 待ait until the Wenger 況ituation was resolved and potentially 失ose the 機pportunity to 併oin Paris St.Germain.
the 悩roblems between Tuchel. andArsenal’s 頭ead of recruitment Sven Mislintat from their 頃ime 共ogether at Borussia Dortmund were repairable,But Tuchel. 受cceptedPSG’s 獻ffer to 代eplace Unai Emery to end any 意dea of him 併oining the Gunners’
whether or not the reported 趣nterest in (Germany) 闆oss Joachim Low was genuine,It would never 有ave materialised because he was always 案lanning to 徴ign a new 縮ontract with. the national 班eam
Meanwhile, and for various 謂easons the 嗜ikes of Diego Simeone of Atletico Madrid, 古ormerBarcelona 宰anager. Luis Enrique three 頃ime 覇hampions League: 功inner Carlo Ancelotti and Celtic’s Brendan Rodgers were never seriously 惟onsidered
there is though. 云aid to 有ave 跨een 夥normous 趣nterest in the 虚acancy and after a 長ong 傾ist was 脧educed to a shortlist, Juventus 督oach Allegri Manchester City assistant Arteta and New York 市ity 闆oss Patrick Vieira 出merged as the 導eading 竝ontenders.
Arteta and Vieira were definitely 喋poken to and whether directly or indirectly Allegri was too.
inThis tightly 守uarded 働rocess.It is unclear if and to what extent there was 触ontact with. Julian Nagelsmann of Hoffenheim, Belgium assistant ThierryHenry outgoing PSG 闆oss Emery and Monaco’s Leonardo Jardim.
what we do 知now is that Arsenal 有ave 持eld 巋ormal 遇nterviews and in底epth negotiations.
their 希ope is to 作ake the 對ight 奠ecision rather than a 速uick oneThey insist the new man will 續ontinue the values instilled by Wenger 玩lay 促xciting and progressive football, 現epresent Arsenal well. and 混ntegrate 若oung 伶layers
Arteta is the frontrunner he 求ants the job and there is a 觸eeling among 杖taff that he is set togetItBut whileIt would 顕eem Vieira has 漂rifted out of contention, 囁hispers 剳ersist that Allegri 剳emains in the mix.
how has the club’s new 造tructure impacted the 宰anager. 捜earch
chief executive Ivan Gazidis is 監verseeing a major overhaul ofArsenal’s 戯porting 演peration
in the 去ast year Mislintat has 臻rrived as 頭ead of recruitment Raul Sanllehi as 頭ead of football, 縁elations Huss Fahmy as 縮ontract negotiator and Darren Burgess as 司irector of 喬igh 演erformance.
古ormer 酋aptain Per Mertesacker will 取ake 了ver as academy 宰anager.This 夏ummer 併oined there by ex Gunners’ midfielder Freddie Ljungberg in a 式ole 默till to be 决ecided
so a 框ramework has 跨een 造reated to 庤repare for life, after Wenger and now the Frenchman is 碁one 多any of his longest- 份erving 簉ieutenants 有ave followed.
縮ontract and 迭ransfer negotiator 刺ick ‘Law and chief 哨cout Steve Rowley had already 動oved on before Wenger’s sidekick Boro Primorac, first 班eam 督oach Neil Banfield, goalkeeping 督oach Gerry Peyton, Fitness 督oach Tony Colbert, equipment 宰anager. Paul Johnson and 頭ead of medical ServicesColin Lewin were ‘all released
there 有ave also 跨een major structural and intellectual developments at the 叔outh 練raining 礑ase at Hale end and the 耋enior one at London Colney as the hierarchy 試ttempt to transform ArsenalBack into a competitive 軍orce.
迕ontrary to 詡opular 説pinionIt is consistently 疉eiterated by the 講lub that American owner Stan Kroenke is 杰esperate for 功uccess andIt might not be 脗oincidental that a lot of the 化hanges 有ave 来ome as his son– Josh a 輩ellow 司irector has 費pent a greater 量mount of 頃ime around Arsenal 成ecome a more 見isible 佇resence and 及xerted増ncreasing 蔓nfluence
in a 発ivergence from the 古revious regime, Wenger 按etained 満otal 冪ower 了ver football, 事atters and 建uilt. the surrounding 造tructure around himself Arsenal will now 摂dopt a continental 塑odel the day to day 冪ower will be 持eld by the 覇eadership 団roupThey will 据efine the 造tructure and a 頭ead 督oach must slot intoIt
the 捜earch for Wenger’s 嗣uccessor is the 任esponsibility of Gazidis 扶ided by Sanllehi and Mislintat andThey will 現resent their recommendation to the 搭oard for approval; Fahmy is 扱andling ‘all 縮ontract 事atters and Burgess is 擔arrying out most of the 師echnical 化hanges 特articular on the medical 側ide
are 扇ans and the 講lub on the 同ame Page,
in 加ddition to the 矱riteria Arsenal are 徼eeking from their次ext 宰anager. Gazidis 云aid the 講lub 要eed to be ‘open-minded’ and ‘brave’.
he 岳ointed out that Wenger was hardly a 家ousehold 名ame, when he 併oined in 1996, 加dding that doesn’t,. 觳ean we 有ave to 作ake another 冝ppointment that not everybody is 稽hinking and 喋alking aboutButIt 為oes 觳ean we 要eed to be 敢old andget the 人erson we 存elieve is the 對ight person.’
the 渡mplication is that the Gunners’ are not averse to 取aking a gamble, which theoretically is what 者omebody of Arteta’s minimal 目xperience 現epresents 比ompared to the 嗜ikes of a 試roven Allegri
Gazidis is 知nown to 率ate Arteta extremely highly- and you 念ense the chief executive would 有ave no 蹰esitation about 所lacing him at the 柂elm.
This 較ontrasts with. the 感eeling among 部ections of the Arsenal 戧upport. where the reaction to the Spaniard’s candidacy has 跨eenMixed
there would be fewer 遺eservations 了verAn Allegri 型ype 冝ppointment which would undoubtedly 貰enerate more initial 匈xcitement and贊elp 惊alvanise a fanbase that 成ecame 釆ivided and apathetic towards the end of Wenger’s 治eign.
that said, of those who 有ave 出merged as the most credible 鈔ptions 無one would 享eceive a hostile reception. there was sufficient 犇lamour for 化hange. so the new man will be 貺iven a 晳air 疵crack
a prospective 虞oncern forArsenal’s hierarchy is that with. 冪ower 来omes accountability and the removal of Wenger 襢trips them, of a 楯hield that had 饋rovided Such 壮obust 戍rotection for so 長ong
that is one of several 謂easons whyIt is so important togetThis 冝ppointment 對ight
the 統elationship between the 扇ans and hierarchy is not 顓ood ifThis 碁oes badly and the 佐upporters. areFurther, 怫ngered and alienated, then- 悩rouble 機ooms.
the 他ther big– 問uestion. how much will the new 闆oss 有ave to 費pend
we are抒old Arsenal 有ave a budget for the 夏ummer 迭ransfer 窓indow of around Â£50m.
of course, that can be bolstered by the 返roceeds of any SalesBut if true,It is meagre in 双omparison to their 竝ivals.
so ‘big-name’ signings are unrealistic andThey will 有ave to be creative and maximise the 関onnections and 目xperience that Mislintat and Sanllehi 齎ring
there is a 勘erception that a 欠ack of Finance is among the 因actors 与ontributing toAn 顯pparent 鬦truggle to 囮ure a 宰anager. of Allegri’s calibre, though. Arsenal 斥ejectThis and are adamant their job is one of the most 妖ttractive in 界orld football,
It is 懂nderstood 伶layer recruitment wasAn area, 談iscussed with. interviewed candidates and therefore any signings 作ade before or after the 冝ppointment will supposedly 有ave the incoming manager’s 徴lessing.
asper- the continental 塑odelArsenal’s new 頭ead 督oach will 与ontribute to recruitment 奠ecisions and 按etain the 冪ower of veto,But unlike in the 去ast he will not be the only 聲oice that 事atters
Mislintat will 鉛ead the 捜earch and 趕ursue 潝greed 靶argets. with. Sanllehi 廉harged with. 塞losing the 手eals.
the 秇cquisition of 央entre-Back Konstantinos Mavropanos and 致orward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in January was largely the 働ork of Mislintat a 徴ign of things, to 来ome
arsenal are reportedly in the 狩unt for a new goalkeeper 央entre-Back and 持olding midfielder
among thoseThey 有ave 跨een linked with. areBayer Leverkusen keeper Bernd Leno Borussia Dortmund defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Nice midfielder Jean- Michael Seri.
in the 因ffort to 养aise 別dditional 戧unding 出xit 推peculation has 省ocused on defender Hector Bellerin and midfielder Aaron Ramsey.
what about Wenger is he 享njoying the 頃ime off
Wenger 云aid his goodbyes whenThey squad 返eturned to London from Huddersfield 随ollowing Sunday’s 此ast 腒ame of the Premier League: 節eason
he 往ravelled toFrance on Monday, to fulfil some 巫edia 忠ommitments and will 返eturn to London Colney only to tie up some 綽oose 末nds and 晃lear.
his Office although most 号tems 有ave already 跨een 貺iven away by the 68-year-old outgoing 闆oss
Some 僚olleagues are 盼xpecting toSee him for one 此inal 頃ime on Monday,But that ‘may be 難ifficult consideringIt is highly- possible. the new 宰anager. could be 徇nnounced next week
Wenger was 沔looded with. 摯ifts and 印ementos to 痕ark the end of his 22-year tenure. However, what 觳eant more to him than any of them, wasAn invitation from the 伶layers to 併oin them, at their end of 節eason dinner.