Is the Arsene Wenger era coming to an end at Arsenal? And if the Frenchman does go who will replace him at the Emirates Stadium? Read on for the latest Next Arsenal Manager odds and betting news.
Will Arsene Wenger Leave Arsenal This Summer?
Bookmaker William Hill
has slashed its odds on Arsene Wenger staying on as Arsenal manager following reports the Frenchman will extend his stay at the Emirates Stadium beyond this summer.
Wenger’s contract is due to expire this summer and supporters are divided about whether or not the long-serving manager should be offered a new deal. A section of Arsenal supporters hired a plane to fly a “No Contract #Wenger Out” banner over The Hawthorns prior to the 3-1 defeat to West Bromwich Albion, while a rival group countered that with an “In Arsene Wenger We Trust #RespectAW” banner also being flown over the ground.
Inside the stadium there were more banners calling for the club to finally end the Frenchman’s lengthy reign this summer, and after the dismal defeat to the Baggies, which saw the Gunners slip to sixth in the table, Wenger admitted to the media that he would soon be making an announcement about his future.
“I will announce my future soon,” Wenger told reporters after the 3-1 loss. “You will soon know and very soon – you will. Don’t think I don’t worry about that.”
In the wake of Wenger’s comments the Frenchman was priced up at 2/5 to leave his role as manager this summer, but those odds drifted on Monday following comments from West Brom manager Tony Pulis, who claims the under-fire Gunners boss plans to stay put.
“I’ll be surprised if he goes,” Pulis told reporters, and when pressed about why he was so confident the Frenchman would stay on, the Baggies chief added, “Because he told me.
“I think he’s the greatest manager Arsenal have ever had. They could finish in the top four and win an FA Cup — that’s not too bad is it? I don’t think respect counts now. People live for today. If you’re asking me what Arsenal should or shouldn’t do I’m the wrong person.”
has responded to Pulis’ comments by going 5/6 about Wenger not being in charge of Arsenal on the opening day of the 2017/18 Premier League season, but the firm has also slashed its odds on the Frenchman still being in charge to 5/6.
“While Wenger has reportedly suggested he will stay on, it may not be as simple anymore,” William Hill spokesman Joe Crilly told Bettingpro.com. “Negative fan reaction between now and the end of the season may still impact any decision either from the manager and the board, but Wenger is odds on to stay for the first time in about six weeks.”
What The Experts Are Saying
Club legend Ian Wright on BT Sport: “He looks like a lost man – it just seems to be mounting up. You’ve got the fans, the protests. It’s imploding… we’re going through a period in our history which is the worst that I can ever remember. I think with everything that’s going on, in the dressing room, performances, you have to say it will take some monumental effort, some cataclysmic effort for Arsenal to turn it round in respect of the attitude of the players and the drive and determination. It seems like something is coming to an end.”
Former goalkeeper Jens Lehmann on talkSPORT: “I think he has to stay now, because he's done so much for the club. People are talking about his age, if he still has something to give and if he can influence people and they want a new manager to come in to bring fresh air. But on the other hand it's very difficult to replace intelligence, and we all know he is a very intelligent man and manager and he's still got the fire. With all he's done for the club I think he deserves not to go on such a bad spell of results. He probably needs a bit more future with some new signings, and then next season could be a completely different situation.”
Ex-midfielder Emmanuel Petit on SFR Sport: “If we focus only on what he has done in recent years, the overview is more than negative. But if we look at the first 10 years, what he has done is remarkable [lead the team to three Premier League titles and six FA Cup final wins]. I hope people won't only focus on the end. Love stories often finish badly. You have to know when the right moment comes to leave.”
Former defender Martin Keown on BT Sport: “Are they even going to be in the top seven this season? They are tumbling out of the top four, the wheels are coming off… I can never remember it being this bad for Arsene Wenger. It does feel now, very sadly, like it's the end of an era for Arsene Wenger, it's just finding the right moment to announce that. I don't know if the players could cope with him saying that he is about to leave… but the writing is firmly on the wall.”
Who Will Replace Arsene Wenger As Arsenal Manager
There will be no shortage of manager’s interested in taking the reins at the Emirates Stadium – but who will be the next Arsenal manager when Wenger does move on?
Current Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri remains the bookmakers’ favourite, having been linked with the job in recent weeks. Allegri has picked up from where Antonio Conte left off by extending Juve’s run of dominance in Italian football, but reports have claimed his relationship with the club has become strained following a bust-up with defender Leonardo Bonucci.
Recently there were reports that the 49-year-old Italian told friends he will become the next Arsenal manager, and although he has insisted there is no truth in those rumours, Allegri remains the leading candidate in the next Arsenal manager odds market at 4/1 with BetVictor
Borussia Dortmund boss Thomas Tuchel is the 6/1 second favourite with the firm, while Diego Simeone has drifted all the way out to 20/1. Simeone has enjoyed a successful stint at Atletico Madrid and has repeatedly been linked with a move to England, but the bookmakers believe the chances of the Argentinian making the switch to the Emirates Stadium are getting slimmer all the time.
Highly-rated Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe is a 12/1 shot ahead of Everton manager Ronald Koeman (14/1) and Monaco chief Leonardo Jardim (16/1), while departing Barcelona chief Luis Enrique is a 25/1 shot alongside and former Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini and current German national team coach Joachim Low.