Balague tips Enrique to take Arsenal job

Spanish journalist Guillem Balague has claimed that Luis Enrique would be interested in becoming Arsenal’s new manager at the end of the season.

Arsene Wenger will step down as Gunners boss this summer, and Enrique is seen as the favourite to take control of the London club heading into the 2018-19 campaign.

Enrique has been on a sabbatical for a year having left Barcelona at the end of the 2016-17 season.

Balague, who has close ties to Enrique, has insisted that the 47-year-old ‘would absolutely love’ the opportunity to take control of the Gunners as he prepares to return to the game.

Balague told Sky Sports:

“I tell you what Arsenal needs, it’s Luis Enrique. Would he fancy it? He would absolutely love it. Why? Because after a year sabbatical he is ready to come back, he has had all kinds of offers.

“PSG were certainly one of them, but I do believe that Arsenal have not made a step yet to negotiate. Luis Enrique is available, and he has left himself available because he wants to get the right job.

“Luis Enrique loves the Premier League, always loved playing in England, and sees things in England that he didn’t see in Spain; the relationship with the fans and how the fans relate to the game.”

Enrique’s first taste of management came with Barcelona B, before he joined Roma in 2011.

The former midfielder left the Italian giants after one season to take control of Celta Vigo, and then spent three years in charge of the first team at Barcelona.

Enrique stepped away from Camp Nou last summer having delivered two La Liga titles, two Copa del Reys and one Champions League during his time as head coach.

The Arsenal fans have welcomed suggestions that the former Spain international will replace Wenger at the helm.