Arsenal FC: 10 Possible Candidates to Replace Arsene Wenger as Manager

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Arsenal FC: 10 Possible Candidates to Replace Arsene Wenger as Manager
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With it now a virtual certainty that Arsenal will endure a sixth consecutive season without winning any silverware, speculation about the future of long time manager Arsene Wenger is reaching a deafening crescendo.

Some want him gone at once, while others say he should stay. Whatever your personal opinion is, the one thing that is certain that he won't stay at the Emirates forever, and when he leaves, the shoes left to fill will be big ones.

In its first 92 years of existence, Arsenal finished in the top four 23 times. Arsene Wenger came to London as an unknown back in 1996 after a David Dein jaunt to Japan, and was greeted with the headline "Arsene Who?" in the Evening Standard.

14 years later, and the French tactician has authored 14 consecutive European qualifications. He has created the greatest team that ever toed a blade of grass in England, and kept Arsenal one of the world's top clubs.

His acumen in selecting young players has become legendary, and the Gunners have remained in contention year in and year out without breaking the bank.

Supporters of Middlesborough, Coventry and Leeds United will surely appreciate that last statement.

Nonetheless, the calls for The Professor's ouster are growing louder following the Gunners miserable form over the past few weeks that has seen the team fall from the race in ignominious fashion.

With a new owner running the show at the Emirates, and no one really sure how he will proceed, the time seems right to stoke the speculative fires some more.

That being said, I am in favor of Wenger being given funds to work with by Stan Kroenke, the amount being made public, and letting the Frenchman continue building this team. Anyone who doesn't realize what a special group of players currently ply their trade at the Emirates needs their head examined.

But just for the sake of some speculative argument, here are 10 managers that could conceivably replace Wenger as Arsenal's skipper.

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