I was somewhat surprised to read in this mornings gossip columns that Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho might actually switch managerial roles in the summer. The Arsenal faithful have grown increasingly frustrated with Wenger, while the Real Madrid faithful have fallen out of love with Jose Mourinho.
Firstly I don’t think either manager is a fit for either potential club. Wenger doesn’t fit the mould of leading a multi-ego squad. I am an admirer of Wenger’s principals regarding youth but he is out of touch in the transfer market. He sems to fail to realise sometimes you have to pay a little more for a player that will make the difference. You have to wonder if Mourinho will have the money he has become accustomed to. His Champions League record speaks for itself and he can attract that higher calibre of player.
So that aside if the two managers did amazingly switch clubs then could we see a flurry of players leaving to jump ship with their current managers.
Well from the Arsenal point of view, they are going to have a fight keeping the likes of Robin van Persie and Theo Walcott. Both would excel in the Spanish league and both would be available fairly cheap. Another player Wneger could take with him if he was to move to the Bernabau is defensive rock Thomas Vermaelen. The Belgian is an impressive defender and a useful addition in opponents penalty areas. Or 25 yards from goal.
Now there are not to many of Real Madrid’s squad that would welcome a move to the Premier League. That said interest has surrounded Esteban Granero and he is one Mourinho could bring with him should this amazing switch take place. Then there is his own defensive linchpin, Ricardo Carvalho.
Mourinho has brought him from Porto to Chelsea then from Chelsea to Real Madrid. Youngster Raphael Varane who many of the top European sides have been watching. The one other player from the Real squad that could be tempted to move is Lassana Diarra. He is another ex Arsenal player that might welcome a new challenge.
How likely this switch and player moves are remains to be seen. What are your thoughts. Comment in the box below.
Written by Wesley Hillier @armchairstato.blogspot.com
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