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The Arsenal board drew up a five-strong shortlist to send to Stan Kroenke in the event of Arsene Wenger’s departure, according to reliable BBC journalist David Ornstein.
Ornstein wrote on the BBC website that even some of the club’s most important staff didn’t know anything about Wenger leaving until Thursday evening. However, plans “were tentatively being put in place”, with a shortlist prepared for this eventuality.
Now, they need to put the list into action, and make a decision before the end of the campaign.
Currently we don’t know the exact five names, but Ornstein has narrowed it down to eight. Here is one of those eight managers:
According to the Telegraph, Henry is more of a fan favourite than the board’s first choice.
The 40-year-old currently spends him time split between working as Belgium’s assistant manager and as a Sky Sports pundit.
Like Arteta, Henry doesn’t have any managerial experience, but he knows Arsenal, and the league.
He also works closely with a lot of Premier League stars with Belgium, like Kevin De Bruyne, Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku.
The club’s record goalscorer could almost certainly help Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette reach their potential.
The question is whether he could help the side defensively, because that’s where they probably need the most assistance.
The main advantage of hiring Henry is that most supporters would be willing to give him a chance, after all he’s given to the club.
However, it’s hard to judge whether the Frenchman is capable of taking that opportunity at this stage.