Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is facing the heat once again following his team 5-1 battering at Bayern Munich on Wednesday night, February 15.
The Gunners now face a last 16 exit in the Champions League for a seventh consecutive season, and pressure is piling on the Frenchman to resign at the end of the season, after his contract expires.
Recall that Arsenal chief executive, Ivan Gazidis, last month hinted that Wenger may not sign a new contract come the end of the season.
“Arsenal is not Arsene Wenger. They’re not one in the same thing,” Gazidis said.
He added: “He’s been clear and we’ve always been clear, that’s a mutual decision as to how long he’ll continue.
“Both need to be on the same page on that. In a football sense, he has transformed the club.”
NAIJ.com in this piece presents six possible options to replace Wenger, should he leave Arsenal at the end of this season after more than 20 years at the club.
1. Eddie Howe
Reports in some quarters indicate that Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe has been selected by Gunner board room members as the man to replace Wenger.
The board is impressed with his attacking style of play and are encouraged by the fact that he is young and English.
Howe has done a fantastic job with Bournemouth, first taking over with the club in League Two and securing three promotions to lead them to the Premier League.
It is an immense achievement, but those promotions are his biggest honours in the game and he has no experience of managing a title-challenging side or one in the Champions League.
2. Patrick Vieira
He is also a potential replacement going by his legendary status at Arsenal.
However, Vieira’s only managerial experience is with New York City FC, which will count against him.
The Frenchman made 406 appearances for the Gunners from 1996-2005, scoring 33 goals.
3. Thomas Tuchel
Tuchel ascended to the Borussia Dortmund job after forging a good reputation at Mainz whom he led to their highest ever Bundesliga finish.
The 43-year-old German replaced Jurgen Klopp at the Westfalenstadion.
Although he has no managerial honour to his name, Tuchel secured a second place finish for Dortmund last season and his achievement in a short period could hand him the Arsenal job.
4. Diego Simeone
One of the most sought after managers on the planet after his exploits with Atletico Madrid, winning La Liga in 2014 and twice reaching the Champions League final.
He has been in charge at Atletico since 2011 and his achievement for the club could trigger interest from the Arsenal board.