Enrique to Arsenal: Guillem Balague reveals update on Wenger replacement’s move

Spanish football journalist Guillem Balague has added what he knows regarding the potential move to the Emirates stadium for Luis Enrique.

Many Arsenal fans around the world were left surprised almost two weeks ago when Arsene Wenger announced that he would be stepping down as manager at the end of the 2017/18 season.

The decision was certainly not expected to be confirmed at this time, considering the fact that Wenger has one more year remaining on his contract at the club.

Nonetheless, the Gunners now have another major decision to make over who is appointed as the next manager ahead of the 2018/19 campaign.

Several names have been linked with a move to the Emirates stadium, with former Barcelona boss Luis Enrique appearing to be leading the race for the Arsenal job.

According to Balague, Arsenal are actually not the only club who are pursuing the Spanish tactician and therefore a move to north London will depend on how well the Gunners can persuade him.

“What they’re looking for is a ‘club’ person,” the Spanish journalist said on Sky Sports News.

“That is going to be very, very important and perhaps people may be a little bit unfazed by some of the names because they don’t seem to fit the thinking of the fans, they want the biggest names available, the one with the biggest number of titles and so on.

“But it may not be what Arsenal are looking for. In terms of Luis Enrique, they are interested and quite clearly they are not the only club interested in him.

“But he’s peculiar, he’s not one that you can convince by money, you have to convince him by project.

“But money will be important, he was one of the best paid managers in the world, he doesn’t want to change that that much.

“So it’s about the project, it’s about if he sees the possibility of winning straight away, that’s important because he won’t be one to be at a club for a long time.

“He won’t be one to be there longer than three years, perhaps wherever he goes.”

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