The decision makers at Arsenal are claimed to have made a sensational U-turn in their pursuit of former Barcelona manager Luis Enrique, although the 47-year-old remains the bookmakers’ favourite to succeed Arsène Wenger this summer.
A report from the Times claims that executives in north London believe Enrique would be an ‘inappropriate’ appointment at the Emirates despite the proposed move receiving widespread support.
The Gunners search for a new manager is still in its infancy after Wenger announced that he would be leaving the club after 22 years in charge, and their managerial wishlist is rumoured to still have over 10 names on it.
Although the club are expected to be arranging talks with a number of head coaches across Europe, it is now understood that the proposed appointment of Enrique has been chalked off by the Arsenal hierarchy.
But the former Barcelona coach does still remain a top target for Chelsea, who are eager to replace Antonio Conte this summer.
The likes of Massimiliano Allegri and Leonardo Jardim are also popular choices amongst a large portion of the Arsenal fan base, with supporters seemingly undecided over how they want their side to play next season.
Most of Arsenal’s biggest concerns this season have come from defence, and some fans are desperate to see if a manager like Juventus’ boss Allegri can bring the best out of Shkodran Mustafi or Laurent Koscielny.
But on the other side of the coin, there are fans at the Emirates who are eager for the club to maintain their reputation for playing ‘Wengerball’, and they appear to have the likes of Enrique or Jardim at the top of their summer wishlist.