Following reports by the BBC, Arsene Wenger will hold talks with the higher-ups at Bayern Munich next week as the German Champions look to bounce back from their 5-1 loss against Eintracht Frankfurt. Niko Kovač departed the club shortly after, leaving a hole in the managerial position. If they are to displace Mönchengladbach at the top of the Bundesliga, they’ll need a man who knows what he’s doing. Is Arsene Wenger that man?
We look at a couple of potential suitors for the former Arsenal manager, as many big clubs across Europe struggle.
Ernesto Valverde’s second-placed Barcelona may be positioned well in La Liga. But constant dire performances, particularly in the Champions League (0-0 against Slavia Prague in the week), are becoming more frequent. What is striking is the lack of fluidity in their play; the philosophy etched in the history of Barcelona, but catalysed by Pep Guardiola’s galactico-esque side from 2008-2012. However, Arturo Vidal in a number ten role and Lionel Messi isolated is not the ‘Barcelona way’.
We all know the style of football Arsenal played under Arsene Wenger. He beat Pep’s Barca at the Emirates with a 19 year-old Jack Wilshere in midfield. Put seven past Everton, Middlesbrough and Blackburn. Perhaps one of his most underrated achievements: finding a way to build a stadium and still keep Champions League football. His revolutionary form of attacking football had even rival fans watering at the mouth. Despite a dip towards the end of his spell in North London, Wenger’s tactical approach is a perfect fit for Barcelona.
After years of Marouane Chamakh and Nikolas Bendtner, the opportunity to work with Lionel Messi, Antoine Griezmann and Ousmané Dembélé would be Arsene Wenger’s absolute dream. Of course it would rely on Valverde’s departure, but the Camp Nou’s boos aren’t getting any quieter. The Blaugrana will already be looking at potential future managers, and the Frenchman will certainly be on their radar.
Arsene Wenger to Bayern Munich
With a meeting scheduled next week, Bayern Munich is the ‘most likely’ for Arsene Wenger. Currently sat in an disappointing 5th place in the Bundesliga, the Bavarians are manager-less going into Der Klassiker this weekend. Niko Kovač is gone and Uli Hoeness is desperately searching for a replacement going into the next set of Champions League fixtures.
It is actually incredible to see Kovač leave. Just three defeats this season and top of their Champions League group, the ruthlessness from Bayern shows their demand for constant success. In a league catalysed by pressing, can Arsene Wenger develop a Bayern side to cater to his style. But also combat opponents’ complex systems? It’s hard to say but many football fans would be keen to see how he gets on.
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