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Next Arsenal manager odds: Brendan Rodgers back to favourite to succeed Arsene Wenger

Gareth Hanna

By Gareth Hanna

Brendan Rodgers is back to favourite to succeed Arsene Wenger.

Arsenal have this morning (Friday) confirmed that their long-serving boss will leave this summer and that they will appoint his successor 'as soon as possible' but say they will not comment until the process is completed.

The speculation has already begun as to who will replace the Frenchman in the Emirates dug-out. Here's a look at the early front-runners (odds via Skybet):

Brendan Rodgers: 3/1

The Celtic boss rocketed to the top of the odds-list on Friday morning after news of Wenger's coming departure broke. His odds went as close as 5/2 before drifitng as he was overtaken by Vieira. Then during the afternoon, he came back in to 3/1 while Vieria's odds went out.

Rodgers is closing in on a second successive treble in Scotland since taking charge of his boyhood club in 2016. He is about to guide the club to their seventh successive Scottish Premiership title and Hoops fans are keen to see the Carnlough man stay to make it 10 in a row. Could Arsenal lure him into the Premier League again? He did, of course, come within a whisker of leading Liverpool to the league title back in 2014.

Celtic Manager Brendan Rodgers

Patrick Vieira: 7/2

This would no doubt be a popular choice amongst Arsenal fans. Their inspirational former captain won three Premier League titles and three FA Cups at the club. He stepped into the managerial world in 2013, taking charge of Manchester City's reserve side. He took charge of New York City in 2016 and his side currently lead the MLS Eastern Conference seven games into the season.

Even Wenger himself indicated this week that he felt Vieira could handle the job: "He works in the moment in New York and he works for Man City. He's a guy who has the potential one day, yes," said the Frenchman. "I've followed his managerial career. I think he does very well but overall, this Premier League is special. You have to come in and there are plenty of former players who played here who have potential, the intelligence and knowledge to do it."

Vieira cut his teeth as a youth coach at former club Manchester City

Carlo Ancelotti: 5/1

The 58-year-old Italian has experience aplenty, having guided AC Milan, Chelsea, PSG and Bayern Munich to league titles in his managerial career, also leading Real Madrid to the Champions League crown. He was sacked as manager of Bayern Munich in September last year.

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Carlo Ancelloti

Thomas Tuchel: 11/2

Like Jurgen Klopp, Tuchel has managed Mainz and Borussia Dortmund before being linked with a move to the Premier League. He won one trophy during a two-year stint in charge at Dortmund; the DFB-Pokal Cup last season. He has taken a year out since leaving the club last summer. The German has also been tipped to become PSG boss this summer as rumours abound that Unai Emery will be replaced.

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Thomas Tuchel left Borussia Dortmund last year

Joachim Löw: 8/1

The Germany coach will, of course, lead his current side to the World Cup this summer in a bid to retain the trophy. The 2014 victory was the crowning moment of his now 12-year stint in charge of his national team. Over that time, the 58-year-old has been linked with a plethora of jobs and the Arsenal post is another to add to the list.

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Germany's Joachim Low

Luis Enrique: 8/1

The former Barcelona manager is, according to a source at the Daily Cannon, high up on the club's list of potential candidates. He guided the Catalan side to back-to-back domestic doubles in 2015 and 16 and also won the Champions League in 2015. The 47-year-old left Barca last summer after his contract expired.

Luis Enrique

Massimiliano Allegri: 12/1

The Italian is coming to the end of his fourth season in charge of Juventus, where he is closing in on a fourth successive league and cup double, although Napoli could still sneak in front in the table (they're four points behind with five to play). His team take on his old club AC Milan in the Coppa Italia final. He also brought a Serie A title to the San Siro in 2011.

Massimiliano Allegri

The Outsiders

You can currently get the likes of Eddie Howe at 16/1, Theirry Henry at 18/1, Zinedine Zidane at 28/1 and in the real long odds, Harry Redknapp and Louis Van Gaal are out at 100/1.

*Odds correct at time of publication.

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