Wenger's future in doubt
Arsene Wenger will make a decision on his future in March or April, with speculation mounting that he may be set to end his 21-year reign as Arsenal boss. His contract is set to expire at the end of the season and although a new deal is on the table, Wenger will take time to consider his options with the thought growing that he may be set to walk away.
After being hammered 5-1 by Bayern Munich in the Champions League, the club now look set to be knocked out at the last 16 stage once again and with the Gunners' title hopes already over, the FA Cup is now their last remaining chance of silverware. Arsenal fans have become increasingly agitated with the club's failure to compete at the highest level and there is a growing discontent amongst certain sections of the fanbase.
It now appears as though the Frenchman is giving serious consideration to his future and the bookies' have reacted accordingly. Paddy Power are now offering odds of just 8/11 that Wenger will not be in charge on the opening day of next season, while a shortlist of potential successors has also been drawn up. Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri is the bookies' favourite to replace him, priced at 4/1 with both Skybet and Coral. Allegri has guided the Turin club to back-to-back titles since taking over in 2014 and also led Milan to the Italian Championship in 2011. He has experience coaching at the very highest level, including numerous Champions League campaigns so he would certainly not be fazed by a club of Arsenal's stature.
Eddie Howe is the second favourite, though available at a best price of 13/2 with Coral. The Bournemouth manager has worked wonders with the South-Coast club, leading them from the bottom of League Two to the Premier League, whilst playing an attractive brand of football. He was won many admirers along the way and many believe he would fit in with the style of play that Wenger has developed at Arsenal over the years. There would be some reservations over his experience however, given he is just 39-years-old and has never managed in European competition.
Thomas Tuchel, the Borussia Dortmund manager, has also been heavily linked with the job as has Diego Simeone though the Atletico Madrid man looks more likely to move to Inter Milan should he opt to depart the Spanish capital. There are also some more left-field names on the list including Leonardo Jardim of Monaco and RB Leipzig boss Ralph Hasenhuttl.
Whoever is tasked in replacing Wenger will have a huge job on their hands given his stint of over two decades in charge at the Gunners but the bookies' certainly appear as though his time in charge of the Gunners may be coming to an end.