Anger, intrigue, betrayal - so far, the race to replace Arsene Wenger has all the hallmarks of a good, old-fashioned football saga. Former Barcelona manager Luis Enrique, Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri and Hoffenheim boss Julian Nagelsmann were all mentioned as potential managerial candidates.
Failing to sign Cristiano Ronaldo is outgoing Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger's biggest transfer regret in his nearly 22-year-reign at the Premier League club, the 68-year-old has said.
While the managerial vacancy remains - with two former club captains in Mikel Arteta and Patrick Vieira still among the favourites for the role - the club has wasted no time in clearing the decks for the new regime. Arsene has won three Premier League titles with the Gunners and seven FA Cups, with his win in 2017, making him the most decorated manager in the history of the FA Cup.
Former Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has made a fantastic start to his Arsenal career, and his contract details at the London club have now reportedly been revealed.
Mikel Arteta is now the assistant coach at Manchester City under Pep Guardiola. The club has been re-modernised, and a modern manager is now needed to lead it to new success.
I think all of them could manage Arsenal, " Pires said in an interview with BT Sport, ass quoted by the ESPN.
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Vieira, who now manages New York City FC in the MLS, was backed to succeed Wenger by a number of former Arsenal players, including Robert Pires.
Guardiola is said to be impressed with Arteta's individual work with City's players.
Arteta, who signed for Arsenal in 2011 from Everton, joined Pep Guardiola's technical crew at Manchester City last season.
Wenger said the north London outfit were unable to compete with United's 12 million pounds ($16.23 million) offer for the Portugal worldwide.
Arsenal are keen to have Wenger's successor in place before this summer's World Cup in Russian Federation, but even that doesn't start for another month.
Asked if the Spaniard has the required experience to take on one of the biggest jobs in English football, Wenger added: "I left a lot of experience behind me, people who were with me like Steve Bould, who has six years experience, and Jens Lehmann too".