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This season has brought about a shift among the Premier League’s elite, at least in managerial terms, and is perhaps an indication that change is a necessary part of the modern game – as they look to reassert some dominance, Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea have all made major changes at the helm of their respective clubs.

But despite the fact that change is happening all around them, Arsenal seem content with remaining stagnant. Perhaps the powers that be still have faith the French professor will suddenly engineer the power of Hogwarts and transform the north London club into the dominant force they once were.

To put matters into context, the last time Arsenal won the Premier League, neither Leo Messi nor Cristiano had won a Ballon d’Or trophy, and a certain Ronaldinho was still at the top of his game. Furthermore, Pep Guardiola was nowhere near the tactical genius he is today, and he was yet to win a Champions league medal as a coach.

It’s important to note this season remains the last on Arsene Wenger’s contract, and while negotiations regarding an extension should begin around the new year, it’s also coming to the stage where the inevitable might finally happen: Wenger might actually retire, or take a post elsewhere.

If Arsenal are soon to say goodbye to their greatest ever manager, here are five candidates who should seriously be considered as his potential successor.

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