With recent results seeing Arsenal drop further and further away from Champions League qualification, and with a tough draw against AC Milan in the Europa League looming, ESPN has apparently learned that Arsenal has begun putting out feelers for Germany’s national team’s manager Joachim Low as a replacement for Arsene Wenger should the trend of recent disappointments continue.
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.
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.
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.
As the report states, his track record at the club is not much to marvel at but Low does have experience handling big names in high-pressure situations and the club hiring Sven Mislintat as head of recruitment and Raul Sanllehi as head of football relations could relieve Low of some of the back room pressure which would allow him to simply focus on the pitch and results.
The report mentions Low’s contract with the national team running until the end of Euro 2020 but it also states that he could be tempted to join Arsenal following this summer’s World Cup. If this report is true, that would be less ideal for both him and the club as it wouldn’t leave much time for roster and tactical planning so it’s another red flag to take into consideration.
Other options mentioned are Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim and Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers. More on this as it develops.