After a glorious run of 22 seasons as the manager of Arsenal Football Club, Arsene Wenger has announced he’ll be stepping down. The 68-year-old Frenchman won three Premier League titles, seven FA Cups and numerous other accolades over his time with the Gunners while helping to transform the English game. Now that it’s definite he’ll be replaced at the end of the season, who will get the job?
There was quite a recent shock of developments with Liverpool assistant manager Željko Buvač coming out of nowhere to be the new favorite to take over at Arsenal. However, the buzz around that rumor has died down over the last week and he’s now listed at 10-1 odds.
Here’s a look at the current odds to take over the North London club:
Massimiliano Allegri is the new favorite at +150. The current Juventus manager may be leaving the Italian club at the end of the season and would be a worthy replacement for Wenger.
Luis Enrique was the early favorite to take over Arsenal, but that all changed with the rise of Željko Buvač. Enrique most recently managed Barcelona and is also rumored to be up for the Chelsea job. He still has the second-best odds at +350, just ahead of Brendan Rodgers (+600) and Carlo Ancelotti (+600).
(Below was written April 26)
Joachim Low has odds of 4-1 at Skybet, but is listed higher at 10-1 at Bet365. Low is the current coach of the German National Team, one of the favorites to win the World Cup over the summer. I don’t think this is a good fit at all for Arsenal, and it’s hard to see him taking such a big job with the World Cup just seven weeks away.
Former Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta has the third-best odds at Skybet, and the 36-year-old has been an assistant coach at Manchester City for the last three seasons. Arteta would be a great fit to lead Arsenal one day, but it’d be a bit risky at this time.
Fourth on Skybet’s list is Ralf Rangnick at 8-1, although Bet365 offers a great price of 22-1. I like the fit here for the current director of sports at RB Leipzig, a club that has made great strides over the last couple seasons. At 22-1, I like this value the most on Rangnick to take over Arsenal.
Carlo Ancelotti has 10-1 odds but has been talked about like one of the clear favorites. He has won three Champions League finals and domestic titles in England, Italy, France and Germany. He has plenty of historical success at the club level to make Gunners fans feel good about this potential signing.
Brendan Rogers is listed at 11-1 and is the current coach at Celtic in Scotland. He has already managed four different English clubs (Watford, Reading, Swansea, Liverpool) so he’s familiar with the Premier League. His personal style of passing and keeping the ball moving is something that Arsenal already excel at, so this may actually be a good fit.
There are so many potential managers listed here, notably former Arsenal players such as Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp and Steve Bould. Eventually I’d like to see a former player get a chance, but right now the entire club needs an outside jolt with no real affiliation to the club.
Cover photo features current Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger