The Arsenal dissenters have finally gotten their wish after a concerted campaign to see Arsene Wenger replaced as manager. The "Wenger Out" signs at matches and the chanting and booing finally took their toll. Results of.
<p>The Arsenal dissenters have, finally, gotten their wish after a concerted campaign to see Arsene Wenger replaced as manager. The "Wenger Out" signs at matches and the chanting and booing finally took their toll.</p><p>Results, of course, are everything. And for the second successive season Arsenal will fail to make the required Premier League finish to qualify for the Champions League. Instead they rely on the Europa League. It is not in the business plan of a club of Arsenal’s size to not be playing in Europe’s elite every season.</p><p>That is what modern football has become. Finish fourth and you’re doing a good job. Doesn’t matter if you don’t win anything. Indeed, supporters, it seems, would rather finish fourth than win an FA Cup or a League Cup.</p><p>Wenger – loathe him or not for his often sanctimonious approach about the way the game should be played, and then failing to see any indiscretion committed by his own team – is a victim of the modern era. Despite Arsenal finishing about where you would expect them to over the last two seasons commensurate with how much they, and others, have spent, Wenger is a Goner not a Gooner.</p><p>Instead of the frenzy about whether Wenger will go, attention now turn to who will come in next. It is a long time since Arsenal last conducted a manager search. They did a good job. But Gunners fans will do well to remember who replaced George Graham after a period of dominance. Bruce Rioch. Bruce who? Exactly.</p><p>The favourite for the role is Luis Enrique, the former Barcelona manager. He is as short as +175 with William Hill. Mikel Arteta is next best at +500 (Ladbrokes, William Hill) followed by Joachim Loew at +900 (Hills). Only three names in and it’s looking as if the bookies are beginning to guess.</p><p>We’ll throw a dart, though. Our money – admittedly not very much – will go on a man who looks certain to be out of work next season and has a Premier League title under his belt. Step forward, Antonio Conte. Conte looks a whopper of a price at +2500 with Ladbrokes considering his Chelsea days are numbered. Conte would appear to fit the bill perfectly at Arsenal, whose board are well aware that it is highly unlikely they will see the likes of a Wenger dynasty ever again in this age.</p>