Arsenal fans out of the know are unanimous in their adulation of Borussia Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp, whom a growing section of disgruntled supporters want to replace veteran coach Arsene Wenger.
With Die Schwarzgelben currently occupying a spot in the Bundesliga relegation zone, the league table clearly had no bearing on the masses’ conclusion that the German is undoubtedly superior to the man with three Premier League titles, five FA Cups and 17 successive top-four finishes on his CV.
If the Gunners’ 2-0 canter against Dortmund that sealed their place in the Champions League last 16 taught us anything though, it’s that, whether by luck or by judgement, the hordes of dissenters have nailed it – Klopp IS the ideal man to replace Wenger.
Currently 9/1 favourite to take the reigns from the 65-year-old, Die Borussians’ shot-caller exemplified numerous traits that suggest he has got exactly what it takes to flourish in the role.
First off, he got Yaya Sanogo scoring.
The Frenchman’s performances during his first year-and-a-half in Arsenal colours had even the most patient Gooners wondering whether he’d given up a potentially lucrative career in the circus to become a centre-forward.
Sanogoals had endured 704 fruitless minutes of action for the north Londoners – Klopp had him firing inside 120 seconds.
The German also has a recipe for shoring up the Gunners’ notoriously leaky backline.
Nacho Monreal would struggle to hold down a place at centre-back in most Sunday league second strings, yet he and rookie net minder Damien Martinez were able to boast of a clean sheet kept against the 2012/13 Champions League finalists.
Their suspect rearguard had shipped seven in three prior to the Dortmund duel.
An inability to keep key men fit, however, is arguably the characteristic that best suits him to the Emirates role.
Globally revered duo Mats Hummels and Marco Reus were among those unavailable for their trip to Arsenal, while Ilkay Gundogan, Neven Subotic and Lukasz Piszczek are among a raft of first-team staples to spend lengthy spells in the sick bay.