Recent reports have suggest that Arsene Wenger could finally end his reign at Arsenal this summer, and Joachim Löw must surely be in the running to replace him.
In recent months Arsenal has made huge investments off the pitch, seemingly in preparation for Wenger’s departure, and it doesn’t seem to have gone down with Mr Wenger. Sven Mislintat and Raul Sanllehi have arrived from Dortmund and Barcelona respectively, and it appears they were appointed by Gazidis, without Wenger’s blessing – well this is guesswork.
Sven Mislintat’s arrival has already rustled feathers, with Wenger outrageously claiming: “We know the players. We knew every single player in Europe before Sven arrived. Sometimes in a little club in Germany he might know somebody that we might ignore.”
This admission and further show of arrogance only highlights that all is not well at Arsenal. Gazidis was mocked for his ‘catalyst for change’ statement in the summer, but it appears he’s gone about it quietly behind the scenes. It was rumoured that he was pushing for Wenger to be replaced in the summer, but was overruled by Kroenke, but it seems like he’s putting a bulletproof succession plan in place that the American cannot ignore.
With this in mind, Arsenal needs to look at Joachim Löw as a potential replacement. Taking over from Wenger isn’t going to be easy. It’s not a job for an unproven coach, and Arsenal will be aware of this. They need a proven winner; a man that has handled pressure, and a manager with a proven record of developing youth. Joachim Löw is that man.
When he took over Germany, they were in transition. Players like Michael Ballack and Oliver Kahn were finished, but an exciting new crop of players were emerging. These young players won the Under 21 European Championships in 2009, with flair and maturity, prompting Joachim Löw to put his faith in them at the 2010 World Cup.
Despite being written off before the tournament, the Germans turned up in style. Mesut Ozil, Toni Kroos, Thomas Müller and Sami Khedira played some of the best football seen by a German side for well over a decade, promising a bright future. Four years later, Löw had successfully taken that potential and moulded it into a formidable attacking team that would go on and lift the World Cup.
Joachim Loew did this by putting his faith in youth and challenging them to act like men. He created a disciplined environment both on and off the pitch, and most importantly, he built a squad of players that respected and trusted his instincts. This is something that is desperately missing at Arsenal.
Arsenal Football Club is in need of a complete overhaul. Gazidis is ensuring that is happening behind the scenes, and Loew would be more than capable of doing it on the pitch. He’s taken one of the biggest international jobs in the world, and thrived, and he is likely to be unfazed by the day to day demands of club management.
With Arsenal’s failings in recent years, an instant impact is needed. Löw can deliver that. And, perhaps equally as import, he is young enough to build a team, develop them and stay around to reap the rewards. Over to you Ivan!