- Match Analysis
Arsene Wenger to leave Arsenal at the end of the season after 22 years of reign, winning 10 major trophies including seven FA Cups and there Premier League titles. In 2003-04, he became the first manager since 1888-89 to lead a team through an English top-flight season unbeaten.
Now the Gunners face a mammoth task of replacing Wenger this summer and are already linked to host of managers. Luis Enrique, Carlo Ancelloti, Mikel Arteta, Patrick Viera and Massimiliano Allegri have all been linked for the coaching job. But Enrique could be the one due to one factor.
Arsenal believe that a club connection to Barcelona will give them the advantage in the race for Luis Enrique, reports the Mirror. Their head of football relations Raul Sanllehi was director of football at Barca when the 47 year old was manager, which has the Gunners convinced they have a leg up in the race.
Arsenal may be tempted to go for a younger appointment with a head coach role to fit into the club’s new structure including Sanllehi and head of recruitment Sven Mislintat. Enrique’s wage demands are likely to be a sticking point as he would want around £15 million a year which would be new territory for the club but Sanllehi clearly believes it is a hurdle they can overcome.
The English giants are hoping to have a manager by the end of the may but are in no rush. Chelsea are also keen in the former Barcelona Manager.