Real Madrid are yet again on the prowl and they’ve found Wenger in the last year of his contract and ‘Real’ly believe that this time they can get their man.
Now should Arsene feel his Arsenal journey is over, whether he picks the Sun, Sea and Sangria of Madrid or the Rain and Real Ale of England, who do The Arsenal look to, to replace the man who has changed The Arsenal and English football forever.
Most of the usual suspects are already in the upper echelons of the Premier League, so in true Arsene fashion, I put forward my suggestion.
Julian Nagelsmann is the current TSG 1899 Hoffenheim head coach and at the ripe old age of 29, is the Bundesliga’s youngest ever head coach.
Nagelsmann signed for FC Augsburg at the age of 20, but his career as over before it began as he was forced to retire with a knee injury without kicking a ball in anger.
Following his injury, he studied (and aced) a Bachelor’s degree in Sports Science, whilst assisting the youth team coaching staff at FC Augsburg.
Following brief stint at 1860 Munchen as assistant U17 coach, Julian Who, moved to 1899 Hoffenheim, where, over the following 6 years he steadily progressed from Under 17 coach to Assistant Coach. Then on 11th February 2016, following the departure of Markus Gisdol and the one day managerial term of Huub Stevens, Julian was appointed Head Coach.
During this time, Nagelsmann has taken the Hoffenheim youth sides to their respective titles, last season he saved Hoffenheim from almost certain relegation and currently, they are undefeated, sitting 3rd in the Bundesliga. This seasons run also includes a acclaimed away draw with Bayern Munchen.
All this has been done on a shoestring budget with young players and with an ethos that would make Wenger proud; high pressing, fast football, with a solid defence.
In his own words, “I like to attack the opponents near their own goal because your own way to the goal is not as long if you get the ball higher up.”
Makes sense really.
Now I know a lot of you out there are going to say The Arsenal need a name coach, we don’t need to be experimenting with the young unknown, but in 1996, Arsene was the unknown and that turned out bloody well, as far as I’m concerned.
And anyway, if you are good enough, you are old enough.