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Why Arsenal Shouldn't Replace Arsene Wenger With Jurgen Klopp This Summer

23/04/2015 17:24 BST | Updated 23/06/2015 10:59 BST

When Jurgen Klopp announced last week that he would be leaving Borussia Dortmund, it set of something of a scramble in the English press, all desperate to find the German a club to manage in the Premier League.

The obvious fit is Manchester City, where Manuel Pellegrini looks to be on his way out, but by all accounts Klopp doesn't actually want to join the sky blue side of Manchester. Something of a stumbling block, there.

With that looking to be off the table, all the chatter's about an Arsenal move instead. Arsene Wenger's position has been under question for a while now, the Frenchman's about 300 years old - it's not beyond the realms of possibility.

It'd just be a bad idea.

Wenger's Arsenal side are coming to their peak as a team. They put in a late joust at the title this season, they're overwhelming favourites to retain their FA Cup title, and they've got the potential to improve even further next season. Why would you take that stability and throw it out of the window?

Since the breakup of the Invincibles team, Wenger has struggled, to put together a squad with grit and depth. About 10 years later, he's finally managed to do it. They're far from a replica of the legendary 2003/04 side. They're not as good - but who is? There's a spine, a beating heart and a straight-up terrifying forward line.

He's an excellent manager of good sides, so why not give him at least one more season to try and finish off all the good work he's started? If the improvement continues, there's no reason to move on from Wenger. The Gunners are on for their highest league finish in 10 years, along with a thoroughly winnable FA Cup final. Who on earth sacks a manager after a performance like that?

It's hard to overstate how impressive this season has been for the Gunners, given what's come before and given the state of their injury list at various points this season. Mesut Ozil spent over three months on the sidelines, as did Olivier Giroud. Jack Wilshere hasn't played since November and Theo Walcott missed the entire first half of the season. That would decimate most side's seasons. It's entirely possible that we could've seen Arsenal in a dramatic shootout for the title if it wasn't for those injuries. Taking that side away from the man who built it and handing it to a man currently sinking into crisis at Dortmund seems both unfair and unwise.

Klopp has been hailed as something of a spiritual successor to Wenger; the football hipsters tend to adore him and his previously-unsung Dortmund team, but he's a long way from the finished article as a manager.

His high intensity 'gegenpressing' style took the Bundesliga by storm from the start of the 2010/11 season, leading to consecutive league titles, a couple of domestic cups and a Champions League final over the next few years. It didn't take long for his team to get found out though and the last 18 months have been more painful for Klopp and Dortmund, culminating in furious crowds of fans jeering when they went bottom of the Bundesliga in February.

Things have turned around a little since then, and they look set for a mid-table finish, but a cynic might suggest that Klopp has realised that he's gone about as far as he can in Germany and is getting the hell out of there before his reputation suffers further.

It looks to have worked - after all, how many managers can guide last season's runners up to a mid-table finish and still get talked up as a shoo-in for the manager's position at the Premier League holders? But while the media are forgiving of Klopp, with his popular, laid-back style, club chairmen may start to look at him as a risk rather than a sound investment.

None of this is to say that he isn't a good manager. It's not even to say that he wouldn't do a fine job at the Emirates - it's entirely possible. But to get rid of Arsene Wenger now, for a risky investment, would go against everything that the Arsenal hierarchy appear to believe in. Is it worth it?

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