Two things keeping reoccurring: Arsenal flirt with the idea of mounting a title change, before reverting to type; while Manchester City try and court Pep Guardiola as the Spaniard flutters his eyelashes at United. So perhaps it’s time Arsenal fixed their problem by offering the Bayern Munich boss a home in London.
Until Pep Guardiola signs a new contract in Germany, speculation will continue as to where his next managerial role will be. The whole saga could be his way of getting the best deal from Bayern. However, he is a man that has spoken of his desire to continue his travels through the footballing world.
Bayern Munich themselves aren’t daunted by the prospect of their manager leaving. Their CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge was reported by ESPN saying: “There is no person in this world who can’t be replaced at some point. That’s the state of things. Players come, players go, and the same applies to coaches. They come and they go at one point.”
Guardiola’s detractors (yes, there are plenty) highlight that he inherited good squads at both Barcelona and Bayern Munich. There’s often a sense it was harder to fail in his last two roles than it was to find success.
In this sense Manchester City appear the best fit. They have a squad brimming with potential that Pellegrini’s best efforts have failed to make the dominant force in the Premier League, let alone the Champions League. Combine this with the presence of Ferran Soriano and Txiki Begiristain at the Etihad, two men Guardiola has worked with at Barcelona, and it should be a foregone conclusion.
But Pep prefers Manchester United. This hasn’t gone unnoticed by fans of the Citizens who aren’t exactly waiting with expectant open arms for the Spaniard’s arrival to these shores. After managing two of the classic big names in European football, United offer him the chance to tick-off arguably the biggest name in England.
The problem is they aren’t in the best position right now. He may view the post with suspicion. Since Moyes left, Louis van Gaal has failed to ignite the Old Trafford side. Guardiola would fear being yet another interim manager, trying to reshape a side and inner workings of the club. The looming shadow of Alex Ferguson over a new manager’s achievements could deter him. Unless van Gaal wins the league this year and retires.
@AFCmacca Pep. All day long. He just signed a 1 year extension. He'd love to manage Arsenal.
— Le Grove (@LeGrove) November 5, 2015
These doubts leave the door open for Arsenal to make an offer to Pep. They may lack the perceived stature of United and the spending ability of City, but genetically the team is closer to his style. The Gunners always play beautiful football and each season they feel close to becoming genuine title contenders.
The annual summary is they are only one or two big signings away from breaking the cycle. Arsene Wenger will always be thanked for the success he has brought over the years and his sound financial management as the club coped with the cost of a new stadium. But he has hit a ceiling of his own making and is now stuck in his ways.
Guardiola can bring a few new signings and a fresh approach to the Emirates. He won’t need to reinvent the wheel there. It’s a perfect blueprint for his ideology and taking a team from the capital to Champions League glory would further cement his place as an all-time great.
Wenger should be graceful and allow the man that wanted to come to Arsenal as a player, lead them forward as the manager.