Replacing a long-serving manager is not an easy task and can have a substantial negative impact on a football club – just ask Manchester United.
Like the Old Trafford outfit and their task of filling Sir Alex Ferguson’s sizeable shoes, Arsenal have a similar unenviable task lying in wait.
Love him or loath him, Arsene Wenger has been a saving grace for Arsenal in his tenure in North London.
The experienced French coach will leave the Emirates Stadium as one of the club’s best ever managers, leading the Gunners to significant periods of success.
Although silverware has been light on the ground in recent campaigns, replacing Wenger given his track record and the nostalgic factors that surround the decision, is not something the Arsenal powers that be will relish.
Wenger has shown in the second half of this season that he still has what it takes to get the best from a group of Arsenal players that he has nurtured and hand-selected, with the North Londoners England’s form team.
But, the fact remains that the Frenchman is not getting any younger and looks set to be replaced in forthcoming years.
For Arsenal, finding a manager that can take on the role and follow in his predecessor’s footsteps by staying with the club for a long period of time seems ideal.
As such Wenger’s replacement will ideally be loyal, ambitious, young and passionate.
Enter Jurgen Klopp.
The German head coach has announced his decision to leave Borussia Dortmund at the end of the current season and stated that he is ready for the next challenge in his managerial career.
Even before the ex-Mainz coach became available, he was one of the names consistently mentioned as having the attributes and potential to be Wenger’s successor.
Although the timing is less than ideal given Arsenal’s much-improved form in the second half of the current campaign, allowing Klopp to become a stalwart elsewhere could be a fatal error.
As such, accommodating the German seems like a canny move, even if Wenger oversees the club in a director of football role.
Another key reason why Arsenal should look to Klopp relates to player recruitment.
The Gunners have shown in the last couple of months that they have what it takes to fight for silverware and as such one or two top players of real quality is all that is needed this summer to make the Emirates Stadium outfit a real powerhouse.
There is an argument to suggest that a top-notch central defender to replace Per Mertesacker and and a central midfielder of distinction could complete the package.
Mats Hummels and Ilkay Gundogan would be ideal additions for Arsenal and have been linked consistently with the London club; securing Klopp as the new manager would play a massive role in the Germany internationals following him to England.
No-one likes change and a period of transition would follow, but appointing Klopp before another major European club does would be a decision to take Arsenal to the next level.