Former Gunners man could be seen as ideal replacement should the axe fall on current Emirates Stadium boss.
‘Rémi who?’ Garde tipped to succeed old boss Arsène Wenger
With every bad result the clamour grows for Arsenal to dispense with their most successful manager. But who could possibly follow Arsène Wenger?
The answer may be found in France. Rémi Garde never made much impact as a player at Arsenal; signed on the same day as Patrick Vieira, he was always in the shadows and retired after three injury-hit seasons. But despite being a manager for just 18 months he is now second favourite with the bookmakers to replace Wenger, behind only Pep Guardiola.
Garde, who was on the Lyon coaching staff for several title-winning years but more recently was running the academy, stepped up to the top job with a brief to slash the budget, mainly by shifting non-performing “stars” and promoting youth.
Arsenal have of course been strongly linked with interest in bringing in former Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola to fill the hot-seat that may or may not be made vacant by Arsene Wenger’s departure, but it is perhaps more plausible that should the North London club opt to sack the French boss that a move for Remi Garde would be made.
The 46 year old has done well despite the loss of key personnel over the summer and as well as easing into the knockout stages of the Europa League his Lyon side have started the Ligue 1 campaign with aplomb.
The Stade Gerland side sit top of the table ahead of tonight’s big match with fellow title chasers PSG and have done so after losing first team stars likes Hugo Lloris, Kim Källström and Aly Cissokho to balance the books.
Lyon owner Jean-Michel Aulas has threatened further player sales as the French side struggle financially and as such Garde could well be keeping his eye out for a managerial position elsewhere.
The former Arsenal defender would no doubt jump at the chance of a return to the club he represented for three years in the late 1990s.
Given the Arsenal board’s reputation as penny pinchers a move to bring in Garde may well be preferred to any possible appointment of a ‘big name’ boss, who would not only command a huge salary but would also look to work with a big transfer budget.
Garde has shown over the past 18 months at Lyon that he is able to work within financial constraints and as such could be seen as an ideal possible replacement for Wenger.
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