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Sunday, February 06, 2011

Arsene Wenger: I would Love Dragan Stojkovic to Succeed Me

Arsene Wenger has been in charge of Arsenal club for more than 14 years now and has already become one of the best coaches in Europe. However, he cannot go on forever as he is already 61 now and has already indicated that he could retire from managerial job in the next 4-5 years. So, speculation regarding his possible successor at the Emirates has been started already and a number of names are coming out in the media.

Now, Wenger has revealed his personal choice and the man is none other than former Yugoslavian and Serbian international, Dragan Stojkovic, who was his student at the Japanese club Nagoya Grampus Eight. The Frenchman believes that he and Stojkovic, who is better known as Piksi, have pretty similar football philosophy which is characterized by attacking football orchestrated by many short passes.

Wenger also added that Stojkovic is a great coach and he would love Stojkovic to succeed him at Arsenal hotseat. Arsene Wenger has built an Arsenal squad that plays beautiful counter-attacking football on the field with many passes being played among the teammates.

Arsenal may not have won any title since 2005 FA Cup, but the way he kept Arsenal in the top four of Premier League consistely during a period following Arsenal’s heavy investment on their new ground Emirates Stadium proves his quality as a manager.

Wenger brought many titles at Arsenal in his initial years at the helm of the North London club, but over the last 5 or 6 years he focused more on bringing in young, raw talent at the club as he also had to cope with huge financial burden thanks to stadium loan. Overall, Wenger has modeled a sustainable financial strategy which is now being followed by many clubs across Europe.

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