I really don’t want this to happen but Arsenal, as a team in the process of rebuilding itself, may need to sacrifice someone in their job in order to achieve something big. Certainly, I hope that Emery won’t be the one.
But it’s football so everything can happen. The big question is, let’s say, Emery is gone the next day I finish the article. Who should be considered as the one to replace him? I’m listing three coaches as a suggestion.
Option 1 – Florian Kohfeldt (Werder Bremen)
You may not know who Kohfeldt is but if you’re familiar with Bundesliga, he’s the current coach of Werder Bremen and is just 36, older than Koscielny for three years.
Oliver once asked me, before writing this article, why didn’t I choose Nagelsmann in place of Kohfeldt. I would like to have him in the PL, however, the young German’s future at Leipzig makes it unlikely.
Kohfeldt is a coach with an attacking mind and hence, in the current Bundesliga campaign, they score almost in every game they play in this campaign. The exception? The one of Bayern Munich away.
Kohfeldt may be a young and energetic coach in the Bundesliga. But as Emery’s successor, he’s still inexperienced and it may need to take a few years to see if Kohfelt is really the man for the Arsenal job.
Option 2 – Adi Hütter (Frankfurt)
If you follow the Europa League closely (like I do, as an Arsenal fan), you may be impressed with Frankfurt’s run. And allow me to introduce Hütter, the mastermind behind all the well-executed plans by the SGE on the pitch.
After replacing the outgoing Kovać, the Austrian decided to lead Frankfurt to be back to basics. He got the best out of the players, including Jović, Haller and Rebić. The clip below shows how he did it:
Of course, it’s not just attacking. Inside Hütter’s mind, he also knows how to defend and his approach is pretty down-to-earth to understand:
Hütter’s mindset will help Arsenal to defend better than the current standard (at least Mustafi will be gone) while not compromising the attack.
It may not appear to be very balanced but the Gunners should be able to improve under him. At the same time, Hütter has yet to gain experience in the PL, which allows me to present to you my final choice today.
Option 3 – Daniel Farke (Norwich City)
By far the most logical choice, Farke is the genius behind Norwich’s amazing run in the Championship this season, after joining them from Borussia Dortmund II in Germany. And the clip shows how he did it:
Under the German, Norwich has a quality fighting spirit on the pitch. Their home atmosphere is one of the best in the league and this helps the players to better at Carrow Road, no matter what the score is.
The only problem for Farke to become the Arsenal boss is that his club won’t let him go at this stage as they’re preparing for the Premier League.
As an admirer of Farke’s Norwich, I really don’t want this to happen. But who knows if he’ll be available sooner or after a few weeks next season?