This morning brought about quite the curveball in the ongoing saga that is Arsenal replacing Arsene Wenger. Sources from Bosnia reported earlier this morning that Liverpool assistant Zeljko Buvac – who left the club late last week for unknown reasons, other than he needed “a personal break” – had agreed to succeed Wenger at Arsenal and that he and the club were making arrangements on a deal.
The 56 year-old Buvac has been Jurgen Klopp’s top assistant ever since Klopp took the helm at Mainz in 2001, and more than a few heads were turned when he abruptly took a leave of absence last week at such a critical and important time for Liverpool. While the reports out of Merseyside claiming he left because he needed a break away from the club might hold water, the impetus driving his desire to need time away was and is still unclear. It would make sense that he would have offers to manage elsewhere, as he’s had in the past, but taking a gigantic leap from never fully managing a club on his own to being entrusted to lead Arsenal seems, well, a very Arsenal kind of hire.
Since the news first broke, there has been a bit of clarification to this story that popped up out of nowhere, which makes a lot more sense than not:
Željko #Buvac has apparently been spending a lot of time in Banja Luka, BiH lately. His visits are related to his father's illness, per sources. Rumours about being #Wenger successor may not be accurate. I'm digging though.. stay tuned. #Liverpool #Arsenal #LFC #AFC— Haris Mrkonja N1 (@harismrkonjan1) May 1, 2018
Either way, stay tuned. More to come, etc.