The spectre of Arsene Wenger’s replacement is looming large over the Emirates this season.
The Frenchman isn’t even out the door – and hasn’t even decided whether he will retire yet – but the clamour has begun to take his place in the dugout.
Bournemouth’s Eddie Howe is usually the name talked about in that context, while Atletico Madrid’s Diego Simeone would be a popular choice.
One less familiar name is that of Ralph Hasenhuttl, but it’s one that Arsenal fans should maybe start getting familiar with quickly.
Hasenuttl is the boss of RB Leipzig, the shock leaders of the Bundesliga. They’re often talked about as a German Leicester, but the ridiculous sums of money Red Bull have invested in them takes the edge of somewhat.
Nonetheless, Hasenhuttl clearly has something going for him if he’s outwitting Carlo Ancelotti’s Bayern Munich project.
And when asked whether there was any truth in the rumours that his achievements were making him a contender for the Arsenal job, he told reporters, via the Mirror:
“It was a well-researched story.
“There was a lot of truth to it. I have heard of worse fates than succeeding the longest-serving manager in England. It’s not damaging my reputation, is it?”
It’s a surprisingly frank admission, though it doesn’t actually give away too much regarding whether he’s spoken to anyone at Arsenal. Maybe they’re waiting for Wenger to actually leave first.