The key decision-makers at Arsenal are divided over the choice of Arsene Wenger’s replacement, according to Sky Sports.
Wenger announced last week that he will step down from his job at the end of the season. Since then, the Frenchman has dominated the news, and quite predictably, there has been a lot of speculation about his replacement.
Chief Executive Ivan Gazidis, Head of Football Operations, Raul Sanllehi and Head of Recruitment Sven Mislintat are expected to start discussions with potential candidates this week. However, according to the report, all three have different preferences for the lucrative job.
Gazidis, who is responsible for making the final suggestion to owner Stan Kroenke, wants to bring Mikel Arteta back to the club to replace Wenger.
The Spaniard spent five years with the Gunners before joining Pep Guardiola’s coaching staff at Manchester City in 2016. Arteta has now worked for almost two years with Guardiola, and he has earned quite a reputation for himself with the Citizens. Gazidis believes that the former club captain could prove to be a bold and a smart move for the Gunners.
However, Sanllehi is inclining towards his former colleague and former Barcelona manager Luis Enrique. The Spaniard is without a club right now, and he would be keen to join the Gunners. Enrique lifted two La Liga titles and a Champions League trophy during his managerial spell with the Catalans.
Meanwhile, Mislintat, who has arrived from Borussia Dortmund, has suggested Hoffenheim boss Julian Nagelsmann and Schalke’s Domenico Tedesco.
Much to the relief of Arsenal fans, the report has also mentioned that both Brendan Rodgers and Rafa Benitez are not serious candidates for the job at the moment.