Why Julien Nagelsmann represents an ideal heir to Arsene Wenger’s throne at the Emirates

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Popular German manager Julien Nagelsmann secured Hoffenheim’s direct entry into next season’s Champions League after he guided his side to a last day win over Borussia Dortmund that saw them end the season in third place on the Bundesliga table.

While he was strongly linked to the Bayern Munich job and also emerged as a leading candidate to take over from Jupp Heynckes at the end of the season, the Bayern hierarchy opted to go for the more experienced option in Niko Kovac. That being said, the Bundesliga champions are not the only team linked with Nagelsmann as Arsenal are also eyeing the German as a viable candidate to take over the reins from Arsene Wenger come the end of the season.

The Frenchman has decided to call time on an illustrious 22-year-career at Emirates Stadium as he will be stepping down as Arsenal boss come the end of the season. This opens the door for one of the continent’s top coaches to take up the job and bring the North London club back on the right track. According to the Telegraph, Nagelsmann is among six others that are being considered for the job.

What makes the German such an exciting prospect is his ability to make the most off limited resources at his disposal. He will be taking relegation threatened team to the Champions League and has already proved himself as one of the finest young coaches in the continent. Back to back top four finishes with an average squad proves he’s just not a one season wonder and is more than capable of punching above his weight.

Nagelsmann claimed to be under pressure this season but that was due to the exceptionally high standards that were set of him. At Arsenal, the board is likely to give him certain privileges he’s never going to get at Hoffenheim.

To put this into perspective, for a club like Arsenal, finishing fourth is not too much to ask for while at Hoffenheim it is. At the North London club he’ll be given the funds to buy the players he wants to suit his philosophy while already having a few quality players that he’ll inherit on joining. Known to be a revolutionary, Nagelsmann could bring about a certain never-seen-before style to the Premier League and forever leave his mark on English football.

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