Barcelona’s most successful manager of all time Pep Guardiola has Arsenal in his sights after admitting that there is very little more that he can do for the Catalan club.
He would of course enjoy a new challenge, but would he really be a suitable replacement for Arsene Wenger if he does leave the Emirates over the course of the next year?
Guardiola has been used to being offered whatever he wants to buy the likes of Fabregas, Mascherano and David Villa.
If he was chosen by the Arsenal board, the exodus of players would be huge, with him again wanting to freshen-up the squad. Guardiola released eight players within the first few weeks of his appointment at the club, including Ronaldinho, Deco and Zambrotta. It would be interesting to see who he disapproved of within the current Arsenal squad if those are the kind of names being kicked-out of that Barcelona team.
However, one factor that is similar to that of Wenger’s reign is his use of youth talent. Guardiola promoted Sergio Busquets, Pedro and Jeffren in his first season, all of which have now become first-team regulars (although Jeffren has now left the club). Unlike other rumoured new managers such as Mark Hughes, this move wouldn’t alter the Gunners’ style but would still provide them with renewed hope of change.
The one real issue, though, is his lack of experience dealing with a team in difficulty. His time with Barcelona and Barcelona B came in periods of relative success, whilst Arsenal have arguably not been under such scrutiny in decades. Would he be able to change much at all without the Spaniard’s level of finances?