By Charlie MacKinnon
With Arsene Wenger’s contract expiring at the end of the season, will this be his last campaign as manager of Arsenal?
A shock recent home defeat by Watford was followed by a 3-1 loss at title-chasing Chelsea. The Gunner are 12 points behind Antonio’s Conte side, and their fans are not happy with Wenger.
Even club legend Ian Wright has said that the Frenchman “has some really serious thinking to do at the end of the season”.
But if he 20-year reign at Arsenal ends, who will be the man to take over from him at the Emirates Stadium? Here, we run the rule over four potential successors.
The Bournemouth manager is the bookies’ favourite to become the next Arsenal boss.
Pundits such as Jamie Carragher have described the 39-year-old as “perfectly suited” to the Gunners’ style of football.
Wenger and Howe have a similar footballing philosophy focusing on ‘technical’ players, with the Englishman’s most notable success leading the Cherries from League Two to the Premier League.
Simeone has been a huge success at Atletico Madrid, winning La Liga in 2013-14 and reaching two Champions League finals.
Known for his fiery personality, the 46-year-old would be a completely different character to the urbane Wenger.
The Argentine is also renowned for his defensive style, while Wenger’s teams are known for their attacking flair.
Despite this, he is currently the bookies’ third favourite to succeed Wenger at Arsenal.
Media reports claim the Juventus boss has already had talks with Arsenal about replacing Wenger this summer.
The Juventus manager reportedly has a ’10-year plan’ ready to put in placed if he takes over at the Emirates.
Allegri, who had led both Juve and Milan to the Serie A title, said “We’ll see in June,” when asked about his future.
Like Howe, Allegri played a key role in a lower league team’s rise to the top flight whilst at Sassuolo. He is the bookies’ second favourite to take over.
A World Cup winner with Germany in 2014, Loew has managed the likes of Stuttgart and Fenerbahce.
Unlike Wenger, however, he’s never spent more than two seasons in charge of any club.
Being the German national team manager, he has close relationships with Arsenal players such as Shkodran Mustafi, Mesut Ozil and Per Mertesacker.
Wenger and Loew share coaching similarities such as their faith in moulding young players and a philosophy based on retaining possession. The German is the fourth favourite to succeed Wenger.