Wenger Debate: Who Replaces Him? What Next For Iwobi, Nwakali?

Wenger Debate: Who Replaces Him? What Next For Iwobi, Nwakali?

Long-serving Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger announced on Friday that he will be leaving at the end of the season, throwing up several questions.

Wenger, 68, has been at Arsenal since 1996 and won three English Premier League titles as well as a record seven FA Cups. He also led the Gunners to that unforgettable unbeaten league run in the 2003/2004 season.


One of Wenger’s greatest legacies has been his trust in youth and in African players. Very few coaches have promoted youth or signed as many African players as Wenger in the Premier League.

The likes of Nigerian legend Nwankwo Kanu, Cameroon great Lauren Etame Meyer, Cote d’Ivoire stars Kolo Toure, Emmanuel Eboue and Gervinho will forever be grateful to the Frenchman.

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Currently, one of Nigeria’s Russia 2018 World Cup hopes Alex Iwobi owes his rise to Wenger, who trusted the academy player and promoted him to the senior side in 2015.
Iwobi, now 21, has not looked back since and sees Wenger as a father figure. Will the next Arsenal manager trust and be as patient with Iwobi as Wenger has been with the youngster? Will the new coach persist with Iwobi, who has already played 34 games in all competitions this season, even after inconsistent performances that come with youth?

How about Kelechi Nwakali who only on Thursday told Completesportsnigeria.com that his future rested on Wenger giving him a chance? How will Wenger’s departure affect the former Golden Eaglets FIFA U-17 World Cup winner who is on loan at Dutch club MVV Maastricht?
What is next for Wenger? How best should he be honoured by Arsenal? How will Arsenal cope without him after 22 years? What are Wenger’s Arsenal legacies.

Who should replace Wenger? The German Thomas Tuchel, formerly of Borussia Dortmund? Carlo Ancelotti? Juventus’ Massimiliano Allegri? Any other candidate?

Arsenal and Super Eagles fans and all lovers of football please join the #Wenger conversation.
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  • Patric Viera.

  • Djeniko 3 years ago

    As it stands no one can replace Arsene Wenger(AW). All those coaches mentioned are existing coaches. They are active. What is their stand about giving the young ones opportunity to play serious football? AW is an unrepentant believer of youth development. You can not beat him. He is just the best. If you talk of trophys, you will not count him out. He is there among the tops. Where he is top above all others is this y.o.u.t.h d.e.v.e.l.o.p.m.e.n.t thing. 80% of his players through out his stay in Arsenal are youth. The ready made players were brought in most times because of ‘talks.’ The present Tottenham coach should fit a bit, just a bit, into AW’s shoes. The Liverpool coach is another coach that can key into AW’s philosophy. I really don’t know much about coaches outside EPL and coaches in the big clubs in the other European top 4 leagues. It will be difficult to find a coach like Wenger. They all want trophys and not development of young one and youths don’t win trophys. I remember when AW will use youths from the feeder team to play all other competition except the Premier league. Young boys of 16yrs. The only regular player of one or two are those who are recovering from injury and some that needs to be inform and have their confidence built due to not having regular first team play. As for the goalkeeping position in such matches, he will always not use the regular first team goalie. This man is too much. Arsenal and the football world will feel it.

  • Great coach u wil never be forgotten greatwenger, i so much like u, bcuz of the faith u have in africa players and ur tolerance. I opt for Henry thierry to be the next manager, Just as his compatriot zenidene zidane.

  • chairmanfemi 3 years ago

    Thierry Henry is going to the world cup o as Belgium Assistant Coach to Roberto Martinez so those calling for him are getting it wrong. For me, Thomas Tuchel is the answer cux he has worked in Borussia Dortmund where he paraded a lot of youngsters like Ousmane Dembele,Christian Pulisic and so on. So i believe if he comes to Arsenal he will continue the legacy which Arsene Wenger has set

    • Proudly 9ja 3 years ago

      I concur Tuchel will be the ideal candidate to take arsenal to the next level. He is young, plays attractive football, being German is also a bonus as he will bring dat German machine attitude to arsenal.

  • pls I need a winner coach in arsenal not someone that is bent on playing fancy football and end up challenging for nothing.. I want Vieira Patrick