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Wenger out! But who comes in?

Arsenal are one of the most successful teams in the history of English football, boasting an impressive thirteen league titles, a dozen FA Cups and two League Cups, to name just a few.

Arsenal have had the same manager since 1996 – Arsene Wenger – who is currently the longest serving manager in English football.

Over the last ten fixtures, Arsenal have only won six games, drawing one and losing three, in the usual, mid-season slump with the same predictability that many Arsenal fans have come to expect.

This has led to many of Arsenal’s fans to look toward the future and the eventual departure of the mercurial Frenchman.

Despite having an incredible record in both reaching the top four and the last 16 of the Champions League year in year out, the fans have grown increasingly frustrated with the club’s failings both on and off the pitch.

In saying this, the media have started to fill the back pages of national newspapers with Wenger’s potential replacements.

Here are five managers that are currently linked with Arsenal:

Massimiliano Allegri:

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The current favourite to replace Wenger is Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri. The Italian has overseen Turin’s Old Lady since 2014, nearly coming close to a treble in his first season, but had to settle for a league and cup double after losing to Barcelona in the Champions League.

Arsenal aren’t the only English side to be linked with Allegri. Both Manchester United and Chelsea were linked with him before hiring Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte respectively.

At the beginning of this season many were questioning Allegri’s tactics after his Juventus side won only three of their first ten games.

With the departures of several vital players in the summer, it took the Italian some time to bed in his own new players, after doing this though, Juventus won 24 out of 25 games and drawing the other.

The playing style of Allegri is another thing that attracts Arsenal fans to him.

Sky Bet makes Allegri 13/8 to be the next Arsenal manager.

Thomas Tuchel:

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As the successor of Jurgen Klopp, Thomas Tuchel had big shoes to fill at Borussia Dortmund after taking over in the summer of 2015.

Tuchel is another manager that plays similar football to the style Arsenal fans are used to.

After taking over from Klopp, Dortmund moved into a much more possession based style of play.

Tuchel has also spent a lot of his time at Dortmund focusing on the youth system, something that Arsenal has moved away from in recent years.

At 10/1, bookies see Tuchel as a favourite to replace Wenger if he was to leave at the end of the season.

Luis Enrique:

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In Barcelona, Luis Enrique is managing one of the best teams in footballing history, the likes of Messi, Neymar and Suarez has allowed the Spaniard to achieve major success in Catalonia.

In his first season, Enrique led his side to an amazing treble of La Liga, Champions League and Copa Del Rey, whilst they later went on to also secure the UEFA Super Cup and the FIFA World Club Cup.

With news breaking earlier this month that Enrique will be leaving Barcelona at the end of the season, he is another of the names that has been circulating to become the next Arsenal manager.

When Enrique’s departure was announced, Wenger was one of the managers that was linked to take over at the Camp Nou so it could be a possibility that both managers swap for each other’s jobs come the beginning of the 2017/18 season.

Enrique has been linked with many jobs once he leaves Barcelona and a manger of his pedigree will not be short of admirers come the end of his tenure at Barca.

Sky Bet makes him 12/1 to become the next Arsenal manager.

Eddie Howe:

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The young Bournemouth manager is an outside candidate to replace Arsene Wenger at the end of this season.

Before Christmas, he was one of the frontrunners to be next Arsenal manager following a good start to the season with current side Bournemouth. However, following the South Coast club’s poor run of form so far in 2017, Howe seems to have fallen down the pecking order of potential replacements.

Howe originally managed Bournemouth in between 2008-2011 before a brief spell of Burnley, until returning to Bournemouth in 2012.

After leading the Cherries to the Premier League for the first time in their 116-year history, many are tipping Howe to go on to bigger and better things, with both Arsenal and England reportedly interested in the 39-year-old.

Howe is 14/1 with Sky Bet to take the helm at the Emirates.

Diego Simeone:

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Diego Simeone, aka El Cholo has established himself as one of the best managers in the world since taking over at Atletico Madrid in 2011.

Since Simeone took over, Atletico have become solid at the back, play good expansive football and have become increasingly hard to beat, with the club becoming known for their plethora of attacking stars.

As a tactician, Simeone employs the ‘Cholismo’ ideology, which focuses on the team playing as a collective unit with all the players aiming for the same thing. Something that has been missing from Arsenal’s game in recent times.

Simeone famously led Atletico to the title in 2014, breaking up the duopoly of Barcelona and Real Madrid in the La Liga, almost leading his side to a famous double before agonisingly losing to their cross-city rivals in the Champions League final.

El Cholo is 14/1 to take over as the next Arsenal manager.

Arsene Wenger:

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With all the animosity and drama surrounding Arsenal at the minute. It is still a big possibility that Wenger could increase his 20 years at the club, with it being understood that there is a new two-year contract on the table, should he want it.

Written by Jack Flannigan