That’s led to pressure upon Arsene Wenger increasing yet again and there’s a growing consensus that the Gunners will move away from their long-serving French boss this summer, despite the fact he signed a two-year deal last summer.
Wenger’s position is now seen as under real scrutiny yet again and The Mirror reports that Arsenal are identifying potential candidates to replace him, naming five options that are believed to be on the club’s shortlist.
Germany’s World Cup winning manager Joachim Lowe, Monaco boss Leonardo Jardim and Celtic’s Brendan Rodgers are all in the running, along with former Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta and Shakhtar Donetsk’s highly-rated boss Paulo Foncesca.
Each manager has their own reasons to be appealing but there are still a number of hurdles to overcome, particularly as Lowe will want to focus on Germany’s campaign in Russia this summer and Arteta would have to be tempted to cut ties with Manchester City.
Jardim and Foncesca are both reportedly keen on managing in England though, whilst Rodgers may want a second chance at Premier League glory after coming close to ending Liverpool’s long wait for a league title.