The pressure on Arsene Wenger continues to mount following his sides exit from the FA cup at the hands of Sunderland.
The French man is approaching 16 years in the Gunners hot seat but has watched on in dismay for the last 7 years as his side have failed to win a trophy.
The 2005 FA Cup win over Manchester United was the last piece of silverware that Wenger has delivered and many are now calling for a change of direction for the North Londoners.
Should the Arsenal board or indeed Wenger himself decide that the time has come for change, we look at six men who could transform the fortunes of the Gunners.
Is the 41 year old the best manager in World football at the moment? It’s hard to know given the talent at his disposal however the Barcelona manager is certainly making the most of the talent available having claimed an impressive 13 trophies in four years. His football philosophy would sit well within the gates of the Emirates as would the fact that he could come to London for nothing as he’s out of contract in the summer.
Guardiola has yet to commit to the Nou Camp all of which could suggest that the Spaniard is looking for a new project. However if such a decision to move on was made, expect Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea to keep a close eye on proceedings regardless of their current incumbents.
Louis Van Gaal
The experienced Van Gaal has managed some of the biggest clubs in football following spells in charge of Barcelona, Bayern Munich, AZ, Ajax and the Dutch national team and can claim to have won the domestic crown with each club managed. A failed two year spell with the Dutch national team is the only real blot on his copy book that and a penchant for uncomfortable press conferences.
The 60 year old likes to play attractive football and his Dutch background could be key to any decision on the future of Robin van Persie.
Van Gaal is currently available following his sacking as manager of Bayern Munich in April 2010 and has most recently being in the news following his part in a bitter boardroom battle at Ajax that has seen him banned from becoming CEO.
Was mentioned as a potential future Arsenal manager when he first emerged on the scene a few season ago with Burnley. The Scottish born former Irish internationals dedication to attractive football marks him out as a contender however Bolton’s struggles this season have seen his stock fall and it’s unlikely the Arsenal board would consider him as a manager to lead the club through a period of transition. A couple more years experience with some European football thrown in might help his case.
Love him or loathe him the man win’s trophies, something which Arsenal and their fans crave. Spells with Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan and current club Real Madrid have shown him to be a master tactician and while the Portuguese’s coach brand of football might divide supporters, as would his links to Chelsea the fact that he looks set to break Barcelona’s grip on La Liga alone should be enough to convince the unconvinced.
The man who masterminded the defeat that ended Arsenal’s sole opportunity to win some silverware this year, O’Neill has revived Sunderland since his arrival in December. The Northern Irish man’s style of football may not sit too pretty with Gunners supporters however his passion certainly would. Has experience of winning titles and winning in Europe from his time with Celtic.
One of Arsene Wenger first signings back in 1996, Lyon coach Garde was previously linked with a Director of Football role with Arsenal. While the 45 year old may not have made the same impact at the Emirates as the other Frenchman signed that day, Patrick Vieira, he has look comfortable in the Lyon hot seat, his first managerial role in football. Lyon currently sit 5th in the French league, are in the final of the French league up, the last 16 of the French cup as well as through to the knock out stages of the Champions League.