Who will replace Arsene Wenger at Arsenal?

Brendan Rodgers, Massimiliano Allegri and Eddie Howe: Three contenders to take on the tough task of replacing Arsene Wenger at Arsenal.
Updated 20 April 2018
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Who will replace Arsene Wenger at Arsenal?

  • Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers an early favorite.
  • Arsenal legend Patrick Viera would be a fan favorite.

With Arsene Wenger set for the exit door at the end of the season, we try to take a peek into the future and try to predict his likely successor.

Here are five main contenders...


EDDIE HOWE

WHY? Been  touted for a 'big club' for past few seasons, done well at Bournemouth playing the sort of attractive football Arsenal fans have taken for granted under Wenger

LIKELIHOOD? Howe would be a gamble, and you suspect the Arsenal board will want a ‘bigger’ name.


MASSIMILIANO ALLEGRI

WHY? Has likely taken Juventus as far as he can and is a suitable ‘big name’ appointment having managed the Turin giants and AC Milan.

LIKELIHOOD? Has been linked with a move to the Premier League with Chelsea a possible destination. Would be under instant pressure to achieve at the Emirates were he to replace Wenger.


PATRICK VIERA

WHY? One of Wenger’s first signings the Frenchman became an Arsenal legend. Currently coaching New York City.

LIKELIHOOD? The need for instant impact and Viera’s relative lack of top-flight coaching experience probably makes him too big a gamble for the Arsenal bigwigs. Would be popular with the fans, though.


BRENDAN RODGERS

WHY? Was one Steven Gerrard slip away from leading Liverpool to the Premier League title. Done all he can do at Celtic.

LIKELIHOOD? For all that the Scottish Premiership is ridiculed, his record at Celtic — led Celtic to an undefeated domestic season in his first year at the club, delivering Celtic's fourth treble in the process — is very good. The Arsenal fans, however, might be underwhelmed were he to be the new boss.


CARLO ANCELOTTI

WHY? Won titles and trophies at every club he has managed, his CV read like a who’s who of top European clubs.

LIKELIHOOD? Like Allegri would be the choice if the board are going for an immediate quick fix rather than a longer-term project. Maybe not an imaginative replacement but one which might please the impatient fans.


Saudi Arabia to face Japan in Asian Cup second round after defeat to Qatar

Updated 17 January 2019
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Saudi Arabia to face Japan in Asian Cup second round after defeat to Qatar

  • A double from Almoez Ali means Qatar top Group E.
  • Juan Antonio Pizzi's men now face Japan in second round on Monday.

LONDON: Saudi Arabia now know they will have to overcome Japan in the second round if they are to keep their hopes of a fourth Asian Cup title alive. 

A 2-0 defeat at the hands of Qatar meant Juan Antonio Pizzi’s men finished second in Group E — both sides went into the top-of-the-table clash knowing they had already secured a spot in the knockout stages. 

A brace from Almoez Ali in Abu Dhabi was enough to give Qatar the three points and leave them top of the group. 

From the kick-off the Green Falcons were the ones who looked the more likely to make the initial breakthrough —  Fahad Almuwallad slamming a right-foot shot against the post after 22 minutes.

Qatar captain Hasan Al-Haydos then missed a penalty in the 42nd minute after Ali had been clattered in the box.

But Ali, who scored four goals in Qatar's 6-0 rout of North Korea last weekend, made no mistake in first-half stoppage time.

He calmly slotted the ball past Saudi Arabia goalkeeper Mohammed Alowais to become the first player to score six goals in a single Asian Cup since South Korea's Lee Dong-gook in 2000.

Ali subsequently headed in a seventh goal of the tournament 10 minutes from time, celebrating with a jig of delight.

While the defeat was not ideal Green Falcons coach Pizzi said he was still hopeful Saudi Arabia would be able to go far in the tournament. 

"It was an intense game but we have to hide our feelings and prepare for the last 16," Pizzi said.

"We were missing quality in the final third and individual errors have cost us," he added.

"But we will bounce back. I respect every team left in the competition, including Japan, but I don't feel that we are inferior to them in any way."

Qatar, who have never gone beyond the quarterfinals, advance to face Iraq in the last 16.