Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger announced on Friday that he would be stepping down from his position at the end of the season after 22 years in charge of the north London outfit, with the decision over his successor this summer set to be a significant one for the club.
The Gunners’ only chance of qualifying for the Champions League looks to be by winning the Europa League – in which they face Atletico Madrid in the first leg of their semi-final tie at the Emirates Stadium on Thursday – and that could have an impact on who they can attract to replace the Frenchman.
There are already a number of candidates that have been named as potential arrivals at Arsenal this summer, with Luis Enrique, Massimo Allegri and Thomas Tuchel featuring quite prominently.
We decided to ask the fans to select who they would want from our poll featuring 17 managers, and former Barcelona boss Luis Enrique came out on top with 313 votes in favour of appointing him, and with just 61 against bringing him to the Emirates Stadium.
The 47-year-old, who twice won the La Liga title while in charge of the Catalan giants, finished ahead of Massimo Allegri and Diego Simeone in second and third respectively, while Celtic’s Brendan Rodgers finished bottom of the pile, with supporters on Twitter dreading the idea that the former Liverpool boss could be a strong contender for the role.
Wenger picked up a win in the first game since he revealed he would be leaving as three late goals saw his side beat West Ham United 4-1 at the Emirates on Sunday.