Every year it looks like Arsene Wenger has lost his touch entirely at Arsenal, and every year the Frenchman manages to pull it round and end on a high come April.
This season, Wenger spent the summer manufacturing rods for his own back via some typically slothful action in the transfer market, and his side has suffered accordingly.
Even if the Gunners do recover to claim a Champions League spot in the Premier League, the feeling that Wenger is overstaying his welcome won’t go away, and a recent poll found that 68 per cent of fans would like to see him leave.
Arsenal are an attractive proposition to any manager worth his salt, especially now they’ve found the money to fund moves for the likes of Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez, but who should they be considering for their dugout?
Here’s three men who will undoubtedly be part of the conversation when Wenger finally hangs up his massive, trickily-zippered coat.
Jurgen Klopp – 12/1
The loveable German’s lustre has been slightly tarnished by an awful start to the Bundesliga season that sees Borussia Dortmund languishing near the bottom of the table.
However, Klopp has shown he still has the chops in the Champions League, with Arsenal set to finish behind Die Schwarzgelben in their group.
Dortmund’s boss has long been linked with a move to Arsenal, and if Bayern Munich plunder his side again for Marco Reus this summer, that might prove the final straw for his commitment to German football.
Diego Simeone – 33/1
The Argentine’s ability to mix it with Europe’s big spenders on an Arsenal-sized budget has been proven by his time at Atletico Madrid, who he led to the La Liga title and Champions League final last season.
Barcelona ad Real Madrid spent vast sums of cash to put Los Colchoneros back in their place this season, and Simeone might eventually lose heart with the Sisyphean task that is competing with the pair.
If he fancies a new challenge, the Gunners should jump at the chance to have him lead their fight.
Roberto Martinez – 50/1
A less glamorous name than Klopp and Simeone, but the Everton boss deserves to be in the running for a top-rank position after his success with the Toffees.
Martinez took them within a whisker of the Champions League spots last season, all while replacing David Moyes’ turgid football with an enterprising style at Goodison.
The Gunners themselves are struggling to produce the exciting football that became synonymous with them during Wenger’s heyday, and the Spaniard’s fresh blood could bring back the good times.