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Former Arsenal goalkeeper Bob Wilson has urged the Gunners to consider replacing Arsene Wenger with Eddie Howe, via Standard Sports.
Wenger’s contract expires at the end of the season and he is yet to decide whether he will sign a new deal or not.
It has been widely reported that Wenger could step down at the end of the season if he fails to win a major trophy this season and that could force Arsenal to search for a replacement.
Although, the club would prefer to keep Wenger for at least another two years, Howe is believed to be on Arsenal’s wish list to replace Wenger whenever the boss decides to step down and Wilson believes the Bournemouth boss has done well enough to be considered by a big club.
The former goalkeeper believes Howe’s credential are “extraordinary” and has done enough to be considered as Wenger’s replacement.
“Arsene has been at Arsenal for 20 years and what he’s done, and the manner in which he’s achieved it, has been remarkable,” Wilson told the Bournemouth Daily Echo.
“Even I sometimes look and think ‘who the hell could replace Arsene’.
“But Eddie would definitely be in the frame. I love the way Bournemouth play. It’s very Arsenal-like, they play in a similar style, so it’s to be hugely admired. The job Eddie has done is extraordinary.”
I’m not sure of Wilson’s criteria but I can’t entirely say Howe has done enough to manage a big club like Arsenal.
Although, he is arguably the brightest English manager out there, he doesn’t have enough experience of winning trophies at the top level and could be overwhelmed by Arsenal’s status just like David Moyes was at Manchester United.
I think a move to a club like Everton will be the ideal next step for Howe. Taking Nothing away from the young manager, his philosophy of playing attacking football will enable him fit easily at Arsenal but experience at the top level will be vital also.