9 managers who could realistically replace Arsene Wenger at Arsenal
Low’s Germany side are among the favourites to win the World Cup again in Russia this summer, and a successful defence could be the perfect opportunity for the 57-year-old to move on. He has produced consistent performances from his side over 12 years in charge, and his attacking football would surely appeal to the Arsenal faithful.
Low was appointed Germany manager in 2006, earning a promotion from his role as assistant to the departing Jurgen Klinsmann. In his five major tournaments, Low has lost three semi-finals (2010, 2012 and 2016), one final (to Spain at Euro 2008) but did win the World Cup in 2014 thanks to Mario Gotze’s extra-time goal.
His career in management started when he became player-manager at Frauenfeld in 1994, before mixed success with spells in Germany, Turkey and Austria earning him the job under Klinsmann in 2004. It is that success and experience, in particular, that may give him the edge on some other more popular but unsuitable options.
The 44-year-old German shot to prominence when he replaced Jurgen Klopp at Borussia Dortmund in 2015, tasked with revitalising an underperforming team. He switched formations regularly and got the best out of his squad – particularly Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, now with the Gunners.
Dortmund finished second in 2015/16 and third the following year. But despite winning his first honour with the DFB-Pokal in May 2017, he was sacked three days later.
Tuchel's first job, at Ausburg II, came in 2007 – a decade after his nondescript playing career had ended. He impressed and was rewarded with the Mainz job in 2009, guiding the club to ninth in his first season. Acquisitions of future Premier League winners Christian Fuchs and Shinji Okazaki helped Tuchel develop Mainz into a strong force domestically – they finished an astonishing fifth in 2010/11, but failed to qualify for Europe.
His stylish football and history of nurturing players strike many parallels with what Arsenal have enjoyed under Wenger. Tuchel has been strongly linked with PSG, but the Arsenal job may appeal as a more long-term project.
Nagelsmann is widely tipped as one of the great future managers, so Arsenal may look to pounce before he inevitably lands one of the big European jobs. It would be a long-term project under the Hoffenheim boss, however, rather than the faster success expected if they opted for Ancelotti or Allegri.
At 30, Nagelsmann is younger than senior players Laurent Koscielny and Petr Cech. We saw the problems this caused Andre Villas-Boas at Chelsea, however, and it may be a risk Arsenal cannot afford to take right now.
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The German began his coaching career under Tuchel at Augsburg, moving to Hoffenheim in 2012 and becoming the surprise head coach in February 2016. His side were struggling at the wrong end of the table back then, but Nagelsmann steered them to seven wins from their last 14 matches – and ultimately, survival.
Last season, Nagelsmann’s excellent start to management continued as Hoffenheim finished fourth in the Bundesliga and qualified for the Champions League play-offs. They were beaten by Liverpool, however, then struggled in the Europa League to finish bottom of Group C. Suffice to say, however, fans are rather pleased with progress under their bright young boss.