Ancelotti, Low & the managers in line to replace Wenger

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Arsene Wenger has announced that he will stand down at the end of the season - Goal looks at the most qualified candidates to succeed him at the helm

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    Joachim Low

    Joachim Low's Germany side are the reigning world champions and in excellent shape to retain their title in Russia this summer.

    He may lack experience at the highest level of the club game, with Fenerbahce and Stuttgart the most notable names on his CV, but the 58-year-old is rightly regarded as one of the game's top coaches.

    Interestingly, he also shares the same agent and lawyer as Mesut Ozil and Shkodran Mustafi.

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    Manuel Pellegrini

    Manuel Pellegrini won the Premier League title with Manchester City in 2014 and is currently manager of Chinese Super League club Hebei China Fortune.

    The 64-year-old Chilean has vast managerial experience but there are - perhaps unfairly - still doubts over his credentials because of the fact that he was let go by both City and Real Madrid.

    However, he reportedly met with Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis last year...

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    Massimiliano Allegri

    Massimiliano Allegri is already popular among Arsenal fans after guiding his Juventus team past Tottenham in the Champions League last 16 but the job he has done in Turin marks him out as an outstanding candidate.

    Since joining the Turin giants in 2014, he has recorded three consecutive domestic doubles, as well as reaching the final of the Champions League twice.

    His teams are tactically adaptable and solid in defence, while he is said to be keen to work outside of Italy, with his future at Juventus set to be decided at the end of the season.

    Allegri speaks an adequate level of English and his European pedigree would be exactly what Arsenal need to get back on top again.

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    Carlo Ancelotti

    Carlo Ancelotti has already met with Gazidis this season and the former Bayern Munich manager is undoubtedly one of the frontrunners to replace Wenger.

    The Italian's impressive CV includes three Champions League titles, with AC Milan (2) and Real Madrid, while he also obviously had a successful spell in England with Chelsea, winning a double in his first season at the helm.

    Previously praised for his man-management style, his laid-back approach failed spectacularly at Bayern. However, Ancelotti remains one of the game's most respected coaches.

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    Thomas Tuchel

    Another coach who has met with Gazidis, Thomas Tuchel's chances of being the next Arsenal boss are slim for two reasons. 

    Firstly, Sven Mislintat is now the Gunners' head of recruitment and he was infamously forced out of Borussia Dortmund after disagreements with Tuchel over the Bundesliga side's transfer policy, which resulted in the scout being banned from BVB's training ground.

    Secondly, Tuchel is now the favourite to take charge of PSG, making his arrival at the Emirates highly unlikely, even if his attractive style of football and ability to get the best out of under-performing players would make him an excellent option.

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    Leonardo Jardim

    Leonardo Jardim is now in his fourth season now at Monaco, whom he led to a shock Ligue 1 title triumph last season, ahead of moneybags Paris Saint-Germain.

    The Portuguese pulled off that remarkable feat while also masterminding a remarkable run to the semi-finals of the Champions League, thus establishing the 43-year-old as one of the most exciting young coaches in the world.

    Jardim played a pivotal role in the development of top young talent such as Kylian Mbappe, Thomas Lemar and Tiemoue Bakayoko and, given the Monaco link, he would be an almost like-for-like replacement for Wenger.

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    Brendan Rodgers

    Brendan Rodgers is gaining more and more support as a candidate to replace Wenger because of the way in which he has rebuilt his reputation at Celtic. 

    After coming agonisingly close to winning the Premier League title with Liverpool in 2014, the Northern Irishman became a figure of fun before his time at Anfield finally came to an end 18 months later.

    However, Rodgers won a treble in his first season at Celtic and is on course to do likewise this term. Admired by Wenger himself, Rodgers might just have the right confidence and charisma for the job.

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    Julian Nagelsmann

    Julian Nagelsmann became the youngest manager in Bundesliga history when he took over Hoffenheim at the age of 28.

    He guided them to safety in his first season in charge and reached the Champions League in his second season.

    While Nagelsmann is younger than the likes of Per Mertesacker and Petr Cech, the progress he has made in Germany makes him one of the most highly-rated coaches in Europe right now.

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    Patrick Vieira

    "Let's say that, one day, it could interest me, but one day," Patrick Vieira once said of the Arsenal job.

    "I can't say anymore because there is nothing to say about it and I certainly do not want to upset Arsene, whom I adore and for whom I have a lot of respect."

    However, it's clear that the former France midfielder would certainly relish the opportunity to coach the club he once captained.

    Vieira was given his first taste of management with Manchester City's reserves after being snubbed by Wenger for a coaching role at Arsenal, while he has been in charge at New York City FC since 2016. 

    He would, though, undoubtedly be tempted by a return to north London, where he remains a hero among the fans.

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    Mikel Arteta

    An outside bet to become next Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta hung up his boots at the end of last season to become assistant manager at Manchester City.

    Working alongside Pep Guardiola has clearly paid dividends for the studious Spaniard, who is consulted on all team matters - including tactics - by the ex-Barcelona boss.

    Arteta's appointment would come as a surprise but he is clearly a coach of enormous potential.