Nice manager Lucien Favre is on the shortlist of managers Arsenal have drawn up to replace Arsene Wenger, according to French publication L’Equipe.
Favre’s side play attractive football in Ligue 1, which fits with Arsenal’s philosophy but there are doubts over whether he has the personality to take on such a big challenge.
The report claims that Wenger’s future is still very much under threat despite the fact that his contract runs until the end of next season, as they sit sixth in the Premier League.
It continues that Fabio Capello and Thomas Tuchel are on the shortlist to replace Wenger in the event he does go and Favre is also among the names being considered.
Favre himself has a Nice contract that runs until the end of next season and has also been linked with German giants Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund.
Favre’s Nice side has been assembled in an unlikely fashion and play an attractive brand of football. That style got them into third place in Ligue 1 last time around but they sit seventh as it stands.
However, the concern has to be that taking an underdog and bloodying a few noses in Ligue 1 is a different proposition to restoring a great club with demanding fans to the top of English football.
He is an experienced manager but as Manchester United found out when they appointed David Moyes as Sir Alex Ferguson’s successor, taking over from an icon like Wenger requires a huge personality.
Favre seems more like an understated man who is happy to do his work slightly under the radar. But, if Bayern and Dortmund have been courting him, he’s clearly a top manager and Arsenal fans shouldn’t panic if he did get the nod.