Pep Guardiola in the mix to replace Arsene Wenger as new Arsenal manager
The former Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola is being strongly linked to Arsenal. Reports suggest Pep Guardiola could take up the Arsenal job as his new challenge, although the current Emirates boss Arsene Wenger hasn’t made up his mind if he desires a summer exit from the North London club.
Pep Guardiola has a half a year to plot his return to management with Arsenal. The Spaniard, who desires a moving into the English Premier League, has been linked with a number of clubs during since last summer.
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini and former Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo were under constant threat of being replaced by Pep Guardiola in case of poor results. After Roberto Di Matteo got sacked, Pep Guardiola was offered to become the new manager of Chelsea.
It was a golden opportunity for the Spaniard to join the club, but Pep Guardiola told Chelsea owners that he would like to see out his yearlong hiatus from football and return as manager during the summers.
In the aftermath of Pep Guardiola’s snub, Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich contracted Rafael Benitez as interim manager of Chelsea till the end of the season. This suggests Pep Guardiola could replace Rafael Benitez at the end of the season, but given archenemy Jose Mourinho has already been at Chelsea, Pep Guardiola will most likely opt for Arsenal.
Reportedly, Pep Guardiola has already informed the Arsenal brass of his desire to become their new manager. However, it is still not clear whether Arsene Wenger would receive a sack in order to make space for Pep Guardiola.
Pep Guardiola, who won a record 14 trophies with Barcelona in just four years at the club, will be the most sought after manager during the summers of 2013. The 41-year-old manager has already been linked with Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea, AC Milan and Inter Milan.
Arsene Wenger is the longest serving manager at Arsenal. The Frenchman has led the London outfit to new heights, but recent misfortunes and under par results have caused a lot of worry. The Capital One Cup defeat to League two minnows Bradford City has once again left us in doubt whether Arsene Wenger would even remain as manager of Arsenal till the end of the season.
Pep Guardiola has shown interest in becoming the manager of Arsenal in the past as well. Given that the Spaniard wants to wait till the summers to make his move, Arsene Wenger will have till the end of the season to prove he is still worthy of the Arsenal job.