Guillem Balague has rejected the notion that Diego Simeone could be a suitable replacement for Arsene Wenger at Arsenal.
The Gunners can surely say goodbye to the title after back-to-back defeats against Watford and Chelsea, which leave them twelve points off the pace and fighting, once again, for little more than the consolation prize of a top-four finish.
The Gunners current situation as usual sparks speculation over the future of Arsenal boss.
Wenger’s current Arsenal contract is set to expire in the summer and it remains to be seen whether he will extend his stay at The Emirates beyond the end of the season.
Atletico Madrid boss Simeone has been touted as a possible target for Arsenal to replace Wenger, but Spanish football expert Balague has played down the chances of that possibility.
Asked if Simeone could replace Wenger at Arsenal, Balague told Sky Sports:
“I don’t understand why Arsenal fans are so excited about the prospect of Simeone when he doesn’t represent the style of the club at all.
“He just doesn’t fit what Arsenal is about. Arsene Wenger has to decide his own future with a two-year contract still on the table but a style has been built at Arsenal.
“Not a very efficient style if you consider their success in terms of titles but a style is in place. Simeone doesn’t represent that style in any way.”
Arsenal are currently fourth in the table and 12 points behind leaders Chelsea in the race for the Premier League title.
Just one Champions League final in 20 years is simply not good enough for a club who, as Wenger will keenly remind you, are always competing at Europe’s top table, but Simeone has shown in his short career already that he gets the competition.
His unfancied Atletico side have made two of the last three finals against all the odds, and though some may suggest his sides choked in a worryingly Arsenal-like manner on both occasions, they were pretty unlucky in both games too, and that’s without mentioning the achievement of getting there in the first place.
It’s the one trophy Arsenal haven’t won and the one they want more than any other, and in Simeone they’d finally have a manager capable of delivering it.