Arsenal have earmarked Bournemouth’s Eddie Howe as a potential successor to Arsene Wenger when he eventually vacates the managerial hot-seat at the Emirates Stadium, according to reports from the Daily Star.
The Gunners’ iconic French boss is now in the last 12 months of his contract in north London, and although he’s largely seen as the man who built the club’s success over the course of the past 10/15 years, he’s come under increased levels of pressure in recent times.
Indeed, fans are frustrated with the team’s inability to sustain a title challenge, while a lack of big name signings has also irked some.
It’s understood that Arsenal would not have stood in Wenger’s way had he wanted to leave to take charge of England next summer, as the FA wanted him to, and reports claim that they are already planning for life after the 66-year-old, with Howe an option.
The club will no allow their current chief to pick his successor, albeit he will have a say, and they have been attracted to the Bournemouth chief’s progressive brand of football.
Howe lifted the Cherries into the Premier League and kept them in the top tier last season despite losing two of his major pre-season signings, Max Gradel and Tyrone Mings, as well as talismanic striker Callum Wilson, to injury early on.
The Dorset tactician is a youngster on the managerial scene at just 38, but boasts much experience after his playing career ended early due to injury issues.