According to reports in Germany, the former Borussia Dortmund manager has rejected an offer to join Bayern Munich in favour of a move to the Premier League.
Thomas Tuchel, one of the hottest free agents in the market right now, will be the new Arsenal manager next season, according to leading German sports magazine Kicker. The ex-Borussia Dortmund boss was expected by many to take over at Bayern Munich from Juup Heynckes next season, but he informed the Bundesliga giants last Friday that he has already chosen another club. With Heynckes expected to step down as Bayern manager in the summer, Tuchel was supposed to be the ideal replacement.
We only analysed yesterday why Wenger needed to leave the club in the summer, as he has nothing much to offer to the club anymore and is only taking them backwards. Tuchel’s appointment will be perfect based on the personnel The Gunners have at their disposal. He has already worked with two of their players before – Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, achieving huge success with both of them. In 63 league appearances under Tuchel, Aubameyang scored 56 goals. His attacking brand of football will suit the club perfectly, while his youthful exuberance will give Arsenal exactly what they have been missing under 68 year-old Wenger.
Tuchel has been out of a job since being sacked by Dortmund following the 2016/17 season. There wasn’t too much wrong with the team’s performances under him. He just never got along with the board, who sold some of the squad’s best players including Mkhitaryan, Mats Hummels and Ilkay Gundogan, despite promises to the contrary. Tuchel never shied away from standing up and making his displeasure known, something that cost him his job ultimately.
In his two seasons at the club though, he displayed great tactical flexibility, made some very shrewd signings to replace his outgoing superstars, and never compromised on the quality of football. He finished second to Bayern in the league in his first season, reaching the DFB Pokal final and losing to the same opposition. The following season, Dortmund finished a position lower in the Bundesliga, but went one better in the cup. Based on the limited resources available to him, there is no doubt that Tuchel did a stellar job.
It will be interesting to see how things pan out in the summer, and if Wenger will step down or be sacked. The latter option seems a bit blasphemous almost, and the board would have probably done it already if it wasn’t. The Frenchman has been at Arsenal since 1996, winning 3 Premier League titles and 7 FA Cups during this time. His legacy though, has been tarnished badly in the last decade and a half, where the club haven’t made any in-roads whatsoever to progressing and becoming a European giant. They are set to finish outside the top 4 for the second consecutive season this year, after never leaving that zone for the first 19 years of Wenger’s reign.
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