Guillem Balague suggests 47-year-old could be next Arsenal manager

Guillem Balague suggests that Luis Enrique would be the perfect fit for Arsenal

Arsene Wenger
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger Photo: The Sport Review

Guillem Balague believes that Luis Enrique would “absolutely love” to take over as Arsenal manager next season.

The Gunners are on the lookout for a new boss after Arsene Wenger confirmed that he would be stepping down at the end of the season after 22 years in charge of the north London club.

Arsenal will now begin their search for the Frenchman’s successor to take over at The Emirates ahead of next season.

Former FC Barcelona boss Enrique has been touted as a possible replacement for Wenger at Arsenal, and he has also been linked with the Chelsea FC job in recent weeks.

And Spanish football expert Balague feels that Enrique would be an ideal candidate to take over as Arsenal’s new manager this summer.

Speaking to Sky Sports News on Friday, Balague said: “I tell you what Arsenal needs, it’s Luis Enrique. Would he fancy it? He would absolutely love it.

“Why? Because after a year sabbatical he is ready to come back, he has had all kinds of offers. PSG were certainly one of them.

“He has had contacts from Italy, too, but I do believe that Arsenal have not made a step yet to negotiate. Luis Enrique is available, and he has left himself available because he wants to get the right job.

“He doesn’t have an agent, you have to deal with him directly. Arsenal had far too much respect for Wenger to start negotiations with anybody, so what you have now is a list of candidates created by the media, but nothing confirmed by anybody.

“Now is a good time, because he feels the targets have not been met this season, and a good time to start looking for his replacements.

“Luis Enrique loves the Premier League, always loved playing in England, and sees things in England that he didn’t see in Spain; the relationship with the fans and how the fans relate to the game.”

Arsenal are currently gearing up for their home Premier League clash against West Ham United at The Emirates on Sunday night.

The north London side are in sixth place in the Premier League table and their last remaining hope of qualifying for next season’s Champions League will be to win the Europa League this term.

The Gunners will take on Atletico Madrid in the first leg of their semi-final clash at The Emirates on Thursday.

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