Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has reportedly singled out former Arsenal and Barcelona star Giovanni van Bronckhorst as his ideal successor at the Emirates.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has reportedly singled out former Arsenal and Barcelona star Giovanni van Bronckhorst as his ideal successor at the Emirates, according to the Daily Star.
Wenger signed a new two-year deal last summer, but he’s admitted that there will be a review of his position at the end of this season and the Arsenal board will want to make sure that such a weighty change will be as smooth a transition as possible.
The Frenchman is currently the longest serving manager in British domestic football, holding the record with almost ten years more than Exeter City’s Paul Tisdale, who is second on the list.
Van Bronckhorst has been Feyenoord manager since 2015, guiding the Dutch giants to the Eredivisie title last season after winning the KNVB cup in his debut campaign.
The Dutchman spent three seasons at Arsenal during his playing days, winning the double with them in 2002, before moving to Barcelona in 2004.
Wenger is said to have been impressed with the 42-year-old’s style of management, added with the fact that he guided Feyenoord to their first league title in 18 years.
He also has a tremendous footballing network, having worked with the likes of Guus Hiddink and Frank Rijkaard over the years.
Arsenal will seek advice from Wenger over who should succeed him and Van Bronckhorst is reportedly his ideal man.
It is thought that candidates such as Thomas Tuchel, Eddie Howe and Massimiliano Allegri will all be considered by the board, but any input from Wenger has the potential to sway their decision. But Arsenal will be wary of managers having input over their successors, after Manchester United legend Sir Alex Ferguson’s handpicked replacement, current West Ham boss David Moyes, failed to impress at Old Trafford.