As speculation rumbles on about who will be Arsenal’s next manager, Chelsea legend Frank Lampard says be surprised that Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone wasn’t one of the Gunners’ first choices when deciding Arsene Wenger’s successor.
Simeone has done a fantastic job since becoming Atletico manager back in 2011, winning the La Liga title in 2014 and ending the duopoly of Barcelona and Real Madrid in Spanish football.
This season has been another solid one for Simeone’s team after they won the Europa League for the second time under the Argentine as well as being second in the league, ahead of city rivals, Real.
Even with these accomplishments Simeone has not been rumoured to be a major target for Arsenal as they search for a new manager. Instead the young but inexperienced Mikel Arteta has become the front runner for the job.
These developments have surprised former Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard, although he did give some praise to Mikel Arteta.
“I welcome the news Mikel Arteta is the favourite to become the new manager at Arsenal,” Lampard told the Evening Standard.
“It is always encouraging to see a club give a young, up-and-coming coach a chance and Arteta has got what it takes to do a fine job.
“Had Arsenal chosen to look elsewhere for a more senior man, though, it would not have surprised me if they had considered Diego Simeone.
“I have not heard Simeone being linked too much with the posts that could be about to become available on these shores and I do not know why.
“He has done a fantastic job at Atletico. People may talk about the style of play, and it is not like Manchester City, but it is effective.
“Arsenal could have benefited had they employed him. He’s a winner. He would give any team what it needs in terms of discipline and working on the defensive unit.”
If Arsenal could’ve prised Simeone away from Atletico, then it would have been a fantastic appointment for the Gunners. He would have brought a defensively stability and winning mentality that hasn’t been seen in the past 10 years at the London club.