Arsene Wenger will soon be only a part of the history at Arsenal as the French manager has decided to call it quits at the end of the season. Arsenal are now desperately in search of a tactician who can continue the legacy of the Frenchman and one name constantly doing the rounds is Luis Enrique.
Allegri And Enrique Favourites To Land Arsenal Job:
According to reports from various news outlets, Arsenal have zeroed in on Italian ace Massimiliano Allegri and Spanish mastermind Luis Enrique as the best candidates to replace Wenger at Arsenal. Reports claim that both of them have issues with the club’s management structure so the Gunners might have to tweak a few things at the club to land either name.
While Allegri is reportedly close to extending his stay in Turin, Enrique is without a job and will be easier to lure. But should Arsenal break the bank for his services?
Enrique And His Accomplishments:
One of the very few Spanish internationals that managed to play for both Real Madrid and Barcelona, Enrique started his managerial career with Barcelona B before moving to AS Roma and Celta before joining the senior side at Catalonia.
He won three La Liga titles as a player and helped Barcelona to a treble in the first season and domestic brace in the second. He was in charge at Camp Nou for three seasons and won the Copa del Rey in every campaign and produced some of the finest football that Barcelona have played in this decade.
A versatile player in his playing days, Enrique brought that line of thought into management and started using different systems to that of Pep Guardiola, who created history at Barcelona. At just 48, he was well respected in the ranks at Camp Nou and is a decorated manager, capable of taking Arsenal to new heights.
Should Arsenal Break The Bank For Him?
He will not come cheap and might be one of the highest earners in the league if he moves to Arsenal. So the Gunners have to make sure that he is the right man for their side. And his stint in La Liga shows that he will take no time to assert his dominance at Emirates.
He will have a competent group of players, who when played to their strengths, can compete with the best in the league. He will have to make a few additions, which might also be expensive, but Arsenal lost a manager after 22 years and will not be able to replace him if they are not willing to spend big.
They need an option who will be suitable for the long stint while at the same time make sure that Arsenal do not drop further down the table. Allegri, the other name on the wishlist is not as easy to lure so splashing the cash on Enrique makes lots of sense for Arsenal.
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