Former Manchester United captain Gary Neville has revealed that Arsenal should consider Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone as the right man to replace outgoing manager Arsene Wenger.
On 20 April 2018, the Gunners boss has announced that he will step down as the club manager at the end of the current season.
SIMEONE TO ARSENAL?@GNev2 says Diego Simeone could be the man to take the Gunners forward.
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But Neville has urged the North-London side to employ Simeone, who is one of a handful of serious contenders for the job, in the summer transfer window.
Neville reveals the difference between Luis Enrique, who is the favourite man for Arsenal job, and Diego Simeone:
While speaking on The Gary Neville Podcast, the former full-back said: “Luis Enrique is the favourite, and I’m asking the question, looking at it from a football point of view, who is the right person to take over at Arsenal? Luis Enrique has been successful, but we discussed in the studio how good an opportunity is at Arsenal. What exactly is that opportunity? Is the opportunity to get Arsenal back into the Champions League? Or is the opportunity to get Arsenal to win the Premier League?”
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“If it is the latter, one of two things has to happen. They have to have a manager who can punch above his weight. And the second thing that can happen is Arsenal’s board start to match the spending of Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea. But that isn’t likely. So they have to have a manager who can punch above their weight, and the outstanding candidate for me is Diego Simeone at Atletico Madrid. Season after season he has challenged, not just in the Champions League but in La Liga too; with a team that has a big budget but nowhere near that of Barcelona and Real Madrid.”
“What the new Arsenal manager is taking on with Man City and Man United, and to a lesser extent, Chelsea is huge financial might. The £150m, £200m ploughed into the team each season. If you’re going to compete with that, you have to have an outstanding manager to do so. And Simeone is that manager in Europe at this time. He has continually done it. To try and prise him away from Atletico Madrid would be the big move. And people say that wouldn’t be the Arsenal way.”
“But I dispute that strongly. The Arsenal way has changed over the years, and it wouldn’t be ridiculous to suggest the new Arsenal way can be a little more pragmatic than the current team. Simeone is a winner, a fighter, he will culturally change everything. If Arsenal have aspirations to win the league and are not going to do it by spending, they’re going to have to do it by spending less and achieving more. That’s difficult, and you need a special type of manager to do that.”
Someone, who won La Liga title, the Copa del Rey, Europa League and UEFA Super Cup, has been with the Spanish giants since 2011.