Arsenal eye Low to replace Wenger - sources

Arsenal eye Low to replace Wenger - sources
From ESPN - March 7, 2018

Germany coach Joachim Low will be the leading candidate to succeed Arsene Wenger, sources have told ESPN FC, if, as is becoming increasingly likely, the Arsenal manager's 22-year reign ends this summer.

Wenger's grip on his position has been weakened significantly in recent weeks, with the team currently on a run of four successive defeats in all competitions, and sources close to the first-team squad at the Emirates have also told ESPN FC that some senior players have now lost faith in the Frenchman and believe changes are needed in the dressing room and on the training pitch.

Although Wenger's contract as manager is not due to expire until June 2019, having signed a two-year deal following last season's FA Cup final victory over Chelsea, the 68-year-old is losing support within the Arsenal hierarchy.

Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim and Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers have their admirers at the Emirates, but sources have told ESPN FC that Low would be the preferred candidate.

Low, 58, is under contract with the German national football association (DFB) until the end of Euro 2020, but there is a belief within the game that he could be tempted to take on the challenge of club management following this summer's World Cup in Russia, where Germany will defend the trophy won four years ago in Brazil.

Having landed the Germany job in 2006 after stepping up from his previous role as Jurgen Klinsmann's assistant with the national team, Low has re-established Die Mannschaft as the powerhouse of world football by winning the World Cup in 2014 and then last year's Confederations Cup in Russia without the majority of the nation's senior players,

But even though he has not managed at club level since leaving his post as Austria Vienna coach in 2004, Low is regarded as possessing the credentials -- experience, successful track record and ability to manage star players -- to take charge of a club of Arsenal's stature.

Should Wenger leave Arsenal this summer, the search for his successor will be led by chief executive Ivan Gazidis, who has overseen the appointments in recent months of several key figures behind the scenes.

Sven Mislintat has arrived from Borussia Dortmund as head of recruitment, with former Barcelona director of football Raul Sanllehi coming in as head of football relations.

Huss Fahmy is another Gazidis recruit, arriving at the Emirates last summer as contract negotiator from a previous role with cycling's Team Sky.


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