Arsenal: 15 Candidates To Replace Arsene Wenger - From Least To Most Likely

15. Jorge Sampaoli

Arsenals manager Arsene Wenger
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The current Sevilla boss has built on his predecessor Unai Emery's foundations by challenging the regular duopoly of Real Madrid and Barcelona in this season's La Liga title race, as they currently sit third in the table.

Before that, he had spells managing clubs in Peru, Chile and Ecuador before taking charge of the Chile national side and leading them to their first Copa America title in 2015, where they defeated Sampaoli's native country, Argentina in the final on penalties.

He was interviewed for the Chelsea job last year but claimed he missed out because his command of the English language wasn't good enough. Nevertheless, Sampaoli must want to test himself in the Premier League at some point in his career.

His style of high-tempo, possession-based and intense pressing football would fit well with Arsenal, though he's the heavy favourite to replace Luis Enrique at Barcelona next season. And when a sporting institution like Barca come calling, it's impossible to say no.


The name's Colbourn, James - yeah, doesn't quite have the same ring to it.