French football journalist Julien Laurens has told BBC Radio 5 Live that Arsenal simply must be looking at Monaco manager Leonardo Jardim to replace Arsene Wenger when the time comes.
Speaking during their coverage of Manchester City’s enthralling 5-3 win over the free-scoring Ligue 1 side, Laurens, who writes for ESPN, Le Parisien and the Guardian, amongst others, said that the Portuguese boss “should be on Arsenal’s shortlist.”
Wenger, who spent seven years as Monaco manager earlier in his career, is under more pressure than ever in north London after woeful performances against Watford, Chelsea and Bayern Munich in recent weeks.
The Frenchman, who has spent over two decades in charge at Arsenal, is out of contract at the end of the season and has stated he will make a call on his future in March or April before making an announcement.
Jardim is now into his third year as the manager in the south of France, after spells with Sporting Lisbon and Olympiacos.