After the avalanche of negativity surrounding Arsenal since the 3-0 cup final defeat, it is difficult to find anything for Gooners to be cheerful about.
Literally everyone is saying Wenger’s days are numbered, but some of the names being mentioned as possible successors are worrying.
Brendan Rogers is a particularly strange choice, as managing Celtic to titles in Scotland is not exactly overwhelming evidence that the man is a top quality manager. The Bhoys have been dominant for so long, all the success proves is Rogers is not a bad manager.
This brings me to the biggest problem when it comes to replacing Wenger: who is going to choose his successor? Will it be Josh Kroenke? Or will it be Ivan Gazidis? Or will Stan Kroenke have a say? Arsenal may even have a selection panel choose the next boss.
However, none of the aforementioned necessarily have what it takes to pick the next boss; they are not ‘football men’. Like Daniel Levy at Spurs, these non-football men in suits will have to kiss a lot of frogs before they end up with their fairy prince Pochettino.
Once Wenger goes, I can see turbulent times at the club. Managers will change every couple of years, or sooner, unless Arsenal get this right.
The least likely to be a failure following Wenger, in my opinion, is Carlo Ancelotti. Some say a deal is already in place for the Italian and, if true, then the club have managed to secure the best available option.
Thierry Henry, although an Arsenal legend, could be an unmitigated disaster as a manager. Henry’s amazing ability when a footballer makes him less likely to succeed as a coach. Usually, those with such talents are less encouraging to their team and cannot explain to players how they should improve.
I remember Glenn Hoddle being quite scathing about a young David Beckham and hearing stories that all was not well between them in the England camp. Hoddle’s technique could never be matched by Beckham, so there seemed to be a gulf of misunderstanding between them. Consequently, Beckham thrived under Sir Alex Ferguson, who had a much more modest playing career.
Other names in the ring include Mikel Arteta and Patrick Vieira. I’m not sure those ex-players have enough managerial experience yet but, nevertheless, they are better options than some of the other names.
All roads lead to Ancelotti, it seems, but when he is inevitably appointed, it should be under the proviso that a successor (like Arteta as an assistant manager) is groomed while the Italian is in situ. Arsenal cannot afford instability as they could be risking dropping even further down the table come next season.