Arsene Wenger has announced he plans to return to management on January 1st, so where could the former Arsenal manager be heading?
Interestingly, all signs currently point towards Real Madrid, which could be a very lucrative investment if you’re betting with a bwin bonus code as this saga nears a resolution.
Most major bookies now have Madrid at around 7/2 to be Wenger’s next club, which makes sense given Julen Lopetegui’s struggles since replacing Zinedine Zidane.
Los Blancos could do with a more experienced replacement at the helm, and Wenger would surely relish the chance to work with such a world class squad after years of struggling with a tight transfer budget at Arsenal.
Close behind Madrid are Paris Saint-Germain, while Barcelona also seem worth a flutter as Ernesto Valverde looks another man under pressure in La Liga.
The French national team also remains one of the more likely candidates, despite Didier Deschamps surely being as safe as ever after a World Cup win in the summer and continued strong form from Les Bleus.
Niko Kovac is another man under intense pressure as he has failed to have the desired start at Bayern Munich, and so perhaps that is the most likely change to be made in the coming weeks if results don’t improve.
Nevertheless, it surely has to be Lopetegui and Real Madrid in line after that as the Spanish tactician has seen his side struggle badly in recent weeks, prior to the international break.
Aside from going four games without a win, they’ve failed to score a single goal in that run. That would suggest that there are real problems at the Bernabeu in terms of Lopetegui getting his ideas across and the players adapting to them successfully.
Wenger has the experience, skills and all-round know-how to deal with that kind of pressure having been under so much of it at Arsenal, and his preferred style of play would also surely be welcomed with open arms at either Real Madrid or Bayern.
Having had time to rest, regroup and assess the European landscape, it will undoubtedly be an informed and educated decision from the veteran coach, one that he must get right in order to enjoy a successful end to his managerial career.
It will undoubtedly take some time getting used to seeing him in another club’s colours after spending so many years at Arsenal, but having him back in the game would be great for football.