Representatives of Pep Guardiola have told Arsenal FC that the former Barcelona manager would be very keen to be considered for the manager’s job if it was to become available.
Guardiola, who is on a year’s vacation in New York, is in the frame for leading posts in England, as well as Continental giants like AC Milan, Inter Milan, Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain.
“Guardiola’s preference in England is Arsenal…The club are aware he would be interested in the job in 2013. The source said.
“Guardiola doesn’t want to go to Chelsea. He is worried about the lack of stability. He also has a good relationship with Wenger dating back to when he started doing his coaching badges at Arsenal.” they
The Spaniard, who guided Barcelona to 14 trophies including two Champions League crowns and three La Liga titles during a dazzlingly successful four-year tenure, is expected to begin sifting through offers early in 2013.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is under more pressure than at any point since taking over in October 1996. Arsenal has no plans to sack Arsene Wenger.
Arsenal have been increasingly growing frustrated with the club’s performance that has been dogged with dropped points in the north London club’s worst start to the premier league including elimination from the capital one cup by league two side Bradford.
For the Arsenal directors, it is all about finishing in the top four and retaining their place aboard the Champions League gravy train.
Arsenal’s decline has been evident for two or three years. Wenger’s youth project failed and the collateral damage has been all the star players jumping off the sinking ship.
The club are within two points of fourth place in the Premier League but have not won a trophy for seven years and one of their best chances of ending that run ended with the catastrophic Capital One Cup defeat to League Two minnows Bradford City on Tuesday night.
This will come as good news to Arsenal fans considering Pep Guardiola’s success in winning the UEFA Champions league, a trophy that has since eluded the north London club.