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The Debate: Who should be the Arsenal manager?

Is it time for Arsene Wenger to go? And if so, who should replace him?

  • Thank you for voting on who should be the Arsenal manager. The poll is now closed. Over 1200 of you took part with the following results...
    2/21/2013 4:58:46 PM
  • Who should be the Arsenal manager?

    Arsene Wenger (346 votes, 30%)
    Jurgen Klopp (183 votes, 16%)
    Michael Laudrup (164 votes, 14%)
    Jose Mourinho (180 votes, 16%)
    David Moyes (161 votes, 14%)
    Someone else (105 votes, 9%)
    2/21/2013 4:58:55 PM
  • You can read the views from readers by scrolling down...
    2/21/2013 4:59:36 PM
  • A closer look at the possible contenders for the Arsenal job...

    David Moyes - out of contract at Everton in the summer and unsure over his future. Record at Goodison Park on shoestring budget has been remarkable and is surely deserving of a shot at a bigger club.

    Jose Mourinho - uncertainty over his future at Real Madrid. Has admitted he is keen to return to the Premier League. Won two league titles, one FA Cup and two league cups when at Chelsea.

    Michael Laudrup - has worked wonders at Swansea this season, guiding them to the Capital One Cup final. Style of play would be a 'good fit' if he were to take charge at the Emirates.

    Jurgen Klopp - the current flavour of the month. Has been brilliant at Borussia Dormund, winning back-to-back Bundesliga titles. Is keen to remain in Germany however.

    Arsene Wenger - manager of Arsenal for last 16 years, winning three league titles and four FA Cups. However, has not won a trophy in eight years.
    2/20/2013 1:24:05 PM
  • Arsene Wenger looks on during last night's defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League

    2/20/2013 1:30:31 PM
  • I would like to see Arsenal legends such as Thierry Henry and Dennis Bergkamp as possible successors added to the list. Personally I want Manuel Pellegrini to be the next boss but not yet as Wenger is still our best option!
    2/20/2013 1:48:13 PM
  • Arsenal fans blaming Wenger. Its not always the managers fault. The players too have to perform.
  • I am so desperate to see Wenger leave, that I would turn down the chance of having a threesome with Beyonce and Rihanna to make it happen.
  • We've had nearly 200 votes so far today - with 28% of you saying Arsene Wenger should stay on. If he didn't, the best option would be Jurgen Klopp. But it's tight, so continue to cast your votes.
    2/20/2013 3:37:32 PM
  • Apparently, Arsenal and Bayern have an identical wage bill .. amazed? (when you look at the squads!) .. don't be .. think about it:

    1. The flops on loan (coz they can't be sold): Denilson + Bendtner + Djourou + Chamakh + Santos .. do you seriously think the recipient clubs of these proven failures pay more than a fraction of their over-inflated wages!

    2. The flops who can't be sold or loaned to anyone coz everyone knows better: Diaby + Rosicky + Fabianski + Sqilaaci + Arshavin .. amazing that the first two have been offered contract extensions (despite a track record of 5-6 matches per season over the last 5 seasons!)

    3. Ramsey + Gervinho! .. the first a pedestrian who keeps playing square passes in the middle of the park, coz whenever he tries anything else, he loses the ball .. the second, a striker who seems to target the corner flag more than he does the goalmouth!

    There you have it: a whole team of eleven (with a sub to boot) of useless "bargains" .. the others subsidize the above! .. do you seriously believe Song, Fabregas, Nasri & RVP couldn't see all this?!

    What was that about about Arsene (at £7.5M pa, the highest paid manager in the PL) being frugal?? .. oh, sorry, you were referring to the club's "values" (ticket prices being the highest in the land) preventing payment of high salaries to retain top players??

    Right! .. if this is all about principles, then how come the owners & the manager seem to be doing so well out of this formula, despite the slow but steady on-filed decline .. did i hear you say "entertaining football"? or were you referring to the kind of football played at Emirates up until great players were sold for a tidy profit, and replaced with decent (no more) players!

    Tell me: why did Stan buy Arsenal??? .. it's not as if he's passionate about the club or football (he calls it "soccer" for God's sake) in general!!! .. surely, there are other ways to make money without shafting the club and the fans!! .. and for all those apologists who claim Arsene has no choice: why doesn't he come out and state that if the owners aren't willing to invest, he'll walk .. or is he just too comfortable making money by qualifying for the CL every season with no pressure to win the PL or CL .. after all, where else would this mediocrity be tolerated??? .. and £7.5M pa must ease "the pain" of having to promise jam tomorrow in a Dell-boy fashion ("next year Rodney, we'll be miliionaires .. smoking cigars n'all")

    It does add up, after all .. for him and the owners! .. Yes, Arsene, we have begun to question your motives! .. and despite your prior successes and all you've done for the club in the past, it now seems as if BOTH you AND the owner are hiding bhind each other!!
    2/20/2013 5:03:15 PM
  • Our poll remains open and will do so until tomorrow (Thursday) afternoon, so keep voting.
    2/20/2013 6:02:06 PM
  • David Moyes. Mourinho is great, but he wears out his welcome in 24 months...
    2/21/2013 11:18:23 AM
  • I think Moyes would make an excellent manager at Arsenal. The problem, however, would be that the powers that be (Kroenke and Co.) would still have the same approach... As long as Moyes delivered CL every year, they'd be more than happy. We need a coach who is hungry to win the EPL and CL at least once instead of trying to qualify for it. But from a long time, I've been waiting to see if Moyes would be offered a role at any of the (erstwhile) big 4. He definitely deserves it.
    2/21/2013 11:18:39 AM
  • Arsene should not go because the Press says so! There is something ridiculous about the kind of blanket barrage Arsenal face from sections of the media. It's unseemly. Arsene is blamed right down to the point of ticket prices. I believe also that there is an unwritten scheme to destroy Arsene, like spelling out the derogatory chants made in the stadium, for Arsenal alone, hounding out Fabregasdescribing Ghleb as being too old for EPL, etc.
    2/21/2013 4:56:01 PM
  • Wenger should carry on. But only if he recognises that the current team just cannot defend. His former teams could go forward but they could defend as a team. At present the defence is hapless at best. Buy a mean, organiser, defender. Just been so obvious for so long. And if he doesn't that's would be why he should go.
    2/21/2013 4:56:08 PM
  • People should realise what Wenger has done for Arsenal.
    2/21/2013 4:56:11 PM
  • Following last night's defeat to Bayern Munich, the calls for Arsene Wenger to leave Arsenal have grown even louder. But is it time for the Frenchman to go? And if he did, who would be the best man to replace him?

    Take part in our poll above and join the debate by leaving your comments as to why Arsene Wenger should stay or go, and who would be the best man to replace him. We'll post the best comments below...
    2/21/2013 4:58:51 PM
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