Wenger Names van Bronckhorst As Arsenal Successor


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Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger named former Gunners midfielder Giovanni van Bronckhorst as his successor, according to a Daily Star report.

Wenger’s future is set to be decided this summer but the paper claims he identified his former charge as his successor, as well as being impressed by Eddie Howe’s work at Bournemouth.

While Wenger won’t decide who replaces him, Stan Kroenke, the club’s majority shareholder, holds the Frenchman in such awe that he is unlikely to ignore his recommendation.

Despite protests, Wenger was re-appointed Arsenal boss last summer but at 68, his time at the top is coming to an end. The club is re-organising its’ heirarchy to reflect the significant change his departure will bring about.

Having appointed Huss Fahmy to oversee player contracts, the Gunners signed Sven Mislintat from Borussia Dortmund as head of recruitment. The German is credited with unearthing Robert Lewandowski, Osuamane Dembele and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, among others.

Van Bronckhorst spent two injury-interrupted seasons at Arsenal before heading to a hugely successful spell at the Nou Camp with Barcelona. In 64 matches with the Gunners, he won the Premier League title and FA Cup, before a transfer to Blaugrana saw him lift La Liga twice, and painfully for Arsenal supporters, the 2006 Champions League.

Since taking charge at De Kuip in May 2015, van Bronkhorst oversaw a KNVB Cup win, as well as ending the club’s 18-year wait for the Eredivisie title.