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If not convinced by Wenger's impressive body of work in London and still intent on running him out on a rail, all I want to know is: If not him, than who?
The only candidate who even approaches the Frenchman's pedigree in terms of success is Jose Mourinho, and personally, I doubt whether anyone at the Emirates would be able to abide that clown running up and down the touchline after every goal. Besides, why would Mourinho leave a free-spending club like Real Madrid for one that clearly has a different philosophy? Although, the prospect of riding into London on the back of a glowing white steed and saving the day would probably prove appealing to his sense of vanity.
Former Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill is another name being bandied about as a hypothetical successor to Wenger. It is worth noting, that while he certainly enjoyed a good run with Celtic from 2000 to 2005, as far as England is concerned, O'Neill's career winning percentage is a fair sight below .500. He has an impressive resume and surely deserves to be a candidate for almost any other job, but I don't think he's near the manager Wenger is, and I don't think he's the man to replace him.
Take your pick, there are plenty of suspects to choose from. One the most likely looks to be Dragan Stojkovic, who currently manages Nagoya Grampus Eight, the same team Wenger led before moving to England. In fact, the Arsenal boss himself has tapped the Serb as a likely successor, citing their nearly identical tactical philosophies and approach to the game. That being said, a more likely scenario would be for Stojkovic to join the Gunners as an assistant, presumably under Wenger, for a season or two before inheriting the big job.
Besides, if Wenger is sacked, that to me would signal the board's desire to move away from the current modus operandi at the Emirates. If that were the case, it seems unlikely that Piksi, as Stojkovic was known during his playing days, would present an attractive option.
The bottom line is, whoever succeeds Wenger is going to be a downgrade. Why hasten his departure? Arsenal would do well to let Wenger run the team as long as he still has the desire to do so. He is one of the best managers in the world, and Arsenal is one of the best clubs.
Look, I'm frustrated with the lack of silverware too. Knee-jerk reactions aren't the answer. The man has built something truly special at Arsenal.
Nobody can guarantee victory. That's why they play the games.
Sacking Wenger isn't the answer. Acquiring the proper positional depth so the niggling little injuries that seem to constantly be gumming up the works at the Emirates don't sting as much is.