Former Gunners flopped tipped to succeed Wenger at Emirates.
‘Rémi who?’ Garde tipped to succeed old boss Arsène Wenger
With every bad result the clamour grows for Arsenal to dispense with their most successful manager. But who could possibly follow Arsène Wenger?
The answer may be found in France. Rémi Garde never made much impact as a player at Arsenal; signed on the same day as Patrick Vieira, he was always in the shadows and retired after three injury-hit seasons. But despite being a manager for just 18 months he is now second favourite with the bookmakers to replace Wenger, behind only Pep Guardiola.
Garde, who was on the Lyon coaching staff for several title-winning years but more recently was running the academy, stepped up to the top job with a brief to slash the budget, mainly by shifting non-performing “stars” and promoting youth.
Arenal have been linked with Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola should Arsene Wenger be sacked next summer but the Spaniard has a whole host of more attractive suitors, so a move for Remi Garde to replace his former mentor is perhaps more plausible.
The 46-year-old has done fantastically well this term, despite the loss of key personnel in the summer. His Lyon side have eased through the Europa League group stage and made a fantastic start to the Ligue 1 season.
The Stade Gerland side sit top of the table ahead of tonight’s clash with fellow title-chasers PSG having sold the likes Hugo Lloris, Kim Källström and Aly Cissokho in the off-season to balance the books.
Lyon owner Jean-Michel Aulas has threatened further player sales as the French side struggle financially and as such Garde could well be keeping his eye out for a managerial position elsewhere.
Former Arsenal defender Garde would no doubt jump at the chance of a return to the club he represented for three years in the late 1990s.
Given the Arsenal board’s reputation as penny-pinchers, a move to bring in Garde may be preferred to any possible appointment of a ‘big name’ boss, who would not only command a huge salary but would also look to work with a hefty transfer budget.
Garde has shown over the past 18 months at Lyon that he is able to work within financial constraints and as such could be seen as an ideal possible replacement for Wenger.
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