After Arsene Wenger’s recent announcement that he will step down as Arsenal boss after 22 years in the job at the end of the season, much of the attention has turned to who exactly will take over the Emirates hot seat from the experienced Frenchman ahead of next campaign.
Speaking to the press ahead of tonight’s Europa League semi-final against Atletico Madrid Wenger admitted he would prefer an ex Gunners player to become his clubs new boss, although he also revealed his admiration for former Barcelona coach Luis Enrique.
“They need to make the right decision, even if you have to be bold,” Wenger said.
“Is it former people who worked here? That is even better. But there are many players who had qualities. I don’t influence that choice, but I will stand behind the decision. Of course I have a high opinion of Luis Enrique.”
Enrique has been on a sabbatical since quitting as boss at the Nou Camp at the end of last season after three successful seasons with the Catalan giants in which he won two La Liga’s, three Copa del Rey’s and the Champions League.
The former Spanish international has of course also been heavily linked with taking over from Antonio Conte at Chelsea in recent months.
In fact, Enrique is currently favourite with the bookies to take over at the Emirates and Stamford Bridge, so it very much looks like he will be living in London soon, although at which club he ends up remains to be seen.