According to reports released from German newspaper Bild, Arsenal have made an offer for 43-year-old Borussia Dortmund manager Thomas Tuchel to replace Arsene Wenger. Tuchel has been linked with the Arsenal job for over a month now and the talk surrounding his future has intensified following Arsenal’s poor run of form.
The Gunners have famously racked up 4 losses in their last 5 games. They have been thrashed 10-2 on aggregate by Bayern Munich, who once again knocked their opponents out of the last 16 of the Champions League; a 3-1 loss at the weekend to West Bromwich Albion also saw the North Londoners drop to 6th in the league table.
The discontent among Arsenal fans has grown more than ever and we’ve seen a plane carrying the message ‘Wenger Out’ fly over the Hawthorns on Saturday, although it was comically followed by another plane saying ‘In Arsene We Trust’. Despite the ever present division and quarrel among the Arsenal faithful it’s safe to say all is looking gloom for those who want to see Wenger stay at the Emirates.
Tuchel is one of the few managers who can provide a new lifeline for Arsenal. His focus on attacking and possession oriented football coupled with his tactical acumen and flexibility makes him the ideal successor for Wenger. If you really want to know how good Tuchel is all you have to do is ask Pep Guardiola, who to say the least is a big admirer. However, questions will always be raised about his lack of trophies or the fact that he will be new to the Premier League etc.
New reports from England suggest that Arsenal have denied making any offer for Thomas Tuchel, while Wenger, whose contract expires at the end of the season, said he will announce his decision “very soon.” Until then the speculations will go on.
Tuchel is enjoying a good spell at Dortmund after a shaky start to the season. His team sit 3rd in the Bundesliga only 3 points behind second place, are in the Champions League quarter finals where they will face Monaco and in the semi finals of the DFB Pokal where they will go head to head against Bayern Munich. Whether Tuchel has the required pedigree to manage Arsenal has very little doubt but whether he actually will… we just have to wait and see.
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Brook lives in Ethiopia, and started following the Bundesliga from a very young age. His favourite players then were Thomas Rosicky - the reason he became a Dortmund fan! - and Marcelinho of Hertha Berlin. He likes to watch, read, write and talk about football with special interest in discussing emerging young talents. Follow @brookge