Arsene Wenger secured his services to Arsenal for another two-years earlier this week by penning a new contract but the Gunners are preparing for the inevitable exit of their long-serving manager.
The French boss may well leave in 2019 and The Daily Star indicates Wenger has been tasked with finding his ideal successor in the next two years- with Bournemouth’s young boss Eddie Howe currently at the top of the short-list.
Howe has excelled on the South Coast with Bournemouth, securing their Premier League status for another season, and is expected to achieve big things in the coming years- although he’s still relatively unproven at the highest level.
The next two years would give Howe plenty more experience though and raise his chances of landing the Arsenal job, particularly if the Gunners look to find a new manager in the same mould as Wenger- with Howe having been compared to the French boss in recent seasons.
Wenger would need to build a side capable of competing in the coming years though for Arsenal to remain at the top, which would ease the effects of the change of direction that a new manager would provide- with the Gunners keen to avoid the sort of situation Manchester United endured following Sir Alex Ferguson’s exit.