Arsene Wenger will retire from Arsenal and football management at the end of this season. The Frenchman’s contract with the Gunners will end next summer and he will walk way regardless of where the team finishes.
With Wenger set to move on, the Arsenal board seems to have already decided the next manager to succeed him. Eddie Howe, the current Bournemouth manager has been touted to take over at the Emirates Stadium next season, as reported by the Daily Star.
Wenger, who has been managing Arsenal for the last 20 years has been criticized of late for his lack of spending on players. His team has also failed to challenge for the English Premier League (EPL) title in recent years and only came close to second last season.
The Gunners hierarchy was relieved when Howe was not declared as the next England manager to replace Roy Hodgson. The England role was given to the much more experienced Sam Allardyce instead.
The 38-year-old Howe is considered as one of the finest young managers of the game at the moment. He has masterminded the brilliant promotion of Bournemouth to the Premier League. He also made sure that the team stayed in the division last season by playing some effective football along the way, according to Goal.com.
The Arsenal officials and the supporters group of the club had a meeting at the Highbury House near the Emirates Stadium recently. Minutes of the meeting were later released and it revealed that the club is ready to look ahead of Wenger.
“Last season was a disappointment he said and is not what we are aiming for.” the minutes revealed regarding what Ivan Gazidis, executive of the club said.
Despite the Gunners officials being interested in Howe, it all depends on how he fares with Bournemouth this season. The Englishman went against all the odds last season to keep The Cherries in the Premier League and finish 16th in the table.
The team currently lies 17th in the table this season with four points from five matches so far. If Howe gets Bournemouth relegated at the end of this campaign, it will be difficult for the Arsenal board to hire him as their next manager.
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