EDDIE HOWE would be the perfect man to replace Arsene Wenger at Arsenal.

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Eddie Howe has seen his stock rise at Bournemouth

Those are the thoughts of former Everton and Sunderland star-turned-pundit Don Hutchinson.

Wenger will stand down as Arsenalmanager after Sunday’s game away to Huddersfield after almost 22 years at the helm.

A number of candidates have been bandied about to replace the French tactician, including Carlo Ancelotti and Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri.

At present, there is a dearth of English managers in charge of Premier League clubs.

But Hutchison thinks Howe would be ideal for the Gunners if given the chance.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger
Arsene Wenger will stand down as Arsenal boss after their final league game

“I think he’s the perfect candidate,” Hutchison said on BBC Radio 5 Live’s Football Daily when asked about Howe’s credentials.

“There’s bigger names out there, but what I see in Howe is that he’s quite flawless in terms of his temperament.

“When you see Bournemouth over the last three or four years, you see a team that goes through a patch.

“Right ‘what have you got’? You might have to do something different.

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“They keep playing football – it’s the Arsenal way, it’s the Bournemouth way.

“They keep playing and keep playing, because they’re good enough.

“The only game Bournemouth changed was against Liverpool, but Howe never changes and never panicks.”

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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Celebrates Burnley Win With ‘Brother’ Henrikh Mkhitaryan As Arsenal Pair Enjoy Late Night Celebrations —

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Arsenal attackers Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan were all smiles on Sunday as they enjoyed a late night celebrating the Gunners’ 5-0 win over Burnley.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang toasted the win over Burnley on SundayAubameyang scored twice during a demolition of Burnley on Sunday

Arsenal attackers Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan were all smiles on Sunday as they enjoyed a late night celebrating the Gunners’ 5-0 win over Burnley.

Gabon striker Aubameyang scored twice, assisting another, during the emphatic home win which marked the final home game for Arsene Wenger before he departs the club this summer.

Taking to Instagram late on Sunday, Aubameyang posted a photo with his ‘brother’ Mkhitaryan as the pair cut relaxed figures away from the pitch.

The Gabon striker scored twice on Sunday to mark a fitting home finale for Arsene Wenger

The pressure was on Arsenal’s players to provide Wenger with a fitting send off following their disappointing Europa League semi-final exit at the hands of Atletico Madrid on Thursday.

But Aubameyang, who played no part at the Wanda Metropolitano due to being ineligible, got the party started after 14 minutes with a neat finish.

Burnley, who secured European football after Everton’s failure to beat Southampton on Saturday evening, offered little resistance to rewrite the Emirates script as they went on to be hit for five.

Alexandre Lacazette, Sead Kolasinac and Alex Iwobi added to Aubameyang’s brace on the day.

Trips to Leicester City and Huddersfield Town will round off Wenger’s 22-year spell in charge of Arsenal but few will forget the atmosphere, emotion and performance of his final game at the Emirates.

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Wenger’s Arsenal held at home by 10 men Atletico in UEFA Europa League Semis 1st Leg; Can he get a happy ending exit at the Emirates? 2nd leg will tell. — Vickspiration

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Antoine Greizmann has 20 goals in 25 games for Atletico Madrid in 2018 Antoine Griezmann punished Arsenal’s lax defence late on as 10-man Atletico Madrid salvaged a draw from the Europa League semi-final first leg at Emirates Stadium. The visitors were on the back foot for almost the entire game after defender Sime Vrsaljko was […]

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Antoine Greizmann has 20 goals in 25 games for Atletico Madrid in 2018

Antoine Griezmann punished Arsenal’s lax defence late on as 10-man Atletico Madrid salvaged a draw from the Europa League semi-final first leg at Emirates Stadium.

The visitors were on the back foot for almost the entire game after defender Sime Vrsaljko was dismissed for two yellow cards in the first 10 minutes.

With Atletico’s furious manager Diego Simeone sent to the stands shortly afterwards, the Spanish side survived unscathed to half-time, with Alexandre Lacazette clipping the post with a half-volley the hosts’ best chance.

Lacazette nodded in Jack Wilshere’s cross just after the hour to apparently edge the Gunners closer to a Europa League final send-off for outgoing manager Arsene Wenger.

But with eight minutes remaining, Griezmann latched on to a long ball forward, shrugged off Laurent Koscielny and stabbed into the net at the second attempt for an away goal to swing the tie Atletico’s way going into the return leg in Madrid next Thursday.

Arsenal’s fans were left ruing a familiar combination of wasteful finishing and costly lapses in concentration as the teams departed to a muted response in Wenger’s final home European game.

Their team now must breach an Atletico defence that has conceded just four times at home in La Liga this season to have any hope of extending Wenger’s 22-season spell in charge to the final on 16 May.

Atletico’s early outbursts

Atletico Madrid's Sime Vrsaljko is sent off in the 10th minute against Arsenal at Emirates Stadium
Sime Vrsaljko had picked up seven bookings in 25 previous appearances for Atletico this season

In contrast to Arsenal, Atletico Madrid’s defensive discipline has served them well in recent continental campaigns, grinding out victory in four of their five European semi-finals over the past nine seasons.

But the Spaniards’ usual pragmatism deserted them as they self-combusted in the opening 13 minutes.

Croatian right-back Vrsaljko was booked as he caught Wilshere late in the second minute and, instead of showing the requisite caution, blundered into Lacazette with his studs up eight minutes later.

So early in the contest, Atletico may have expected referee Clement Turpin to limit punishment to a stern and final warning.

But the 35-year-old Frenchman judged the challenge rather than the occasion and showed Vrsaljko a justified second yellow.

Simeone was exasperated by that decision and incensed by Turpin opting not to book Hector Bellerin shortly after. The Argentine was dispatched to the stands after aiming a stream of invective at the official.

Atletico in their element

Alexandre Lacazette heads Arsenal's goal against Atletico Madrid
Alexandre Lacazette was making only his third Europa League appearance of the season

If any side is suited to surviving such a precarious situation though, it is Atletico.

Midfielder Thomas Partey slotted back into defence, forward Griezmann dropped deeper and their whole side set about absorbing Arsenal’s pressure and running down the clock.

The visitors rode their luck at times, with Lacazette grazing the post with an awkward half-volley, but had chances of their own in the first half with Griezmann thumping a fierce shot straight at David Ospina.

As Simeone stood impatiently in a gangway high above and his assistant German Burgos orchestrated from the sidelines, their side threatened to throttle the life out of the game.

The tightest defence in La Liga – with only 18 goals conceded in 34 games – was finally undone as Wilshere dug out a cross and Lacazette hung above Lucas Hernandez to score his 16th of the season.

With Griezmann lurking though, Atletico always retained the power to land a sucker punch.

The France international was played onside by dawdling Nacho Monreal before he hustled Koscielny into a swiped, unsuccessful clearance and applied the finish to spark delirium in the away section.

Diego Simeone
Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone watched most of the match standing at the back of a section of Arsenal fans

Wenger to be denied dream send-off?

Aaron Ramsey’s header was brilliantly pawed away by Jan Oblak as Arsenal pushed in vain to re-establish their lead but, given the weight of the away goal, it may not have unseated Atletico as favourites to progress.

Wenger has twice lost in European finals with Arsenal, missing out in a penalty shootout against Galatasaray in the 2000 Uefa Cup final, before being broken down by Barcelona in the Champions League final six years later.

It will require one of Arsenal’s great European displays to take him to a third.

The Gunners may take heart from London rivals Chelsea, who won 2-1 at the Wanda Metropolitano in September.

Man of the match – Diego Godin (Atletico Madrid)

Diego Godin
With Simeone dispatched to the stands, captain Diego Godin marshalled a superb defensive performance from the visitors

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  • Atletico Madrid have drawn 1-1 on each of their past three visits to England – against Leicester City in last season’s Champions League quarter-final and at Chelsea in this season’s group stage.
  • Atletico Madird have been victorious in seven of their nine two-legged knockout contests against English opponents.
  • Arsenal have lost all of the past three two-legged ties against Spanish opposition – all to Barcelona in the Champions League.

‘The worst possible result considering the game’

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger speaking to BT Sport: “Looking at the performance and the way the game went, it was the worst possible result for us, but we have to go there in a positive mood and qualify.

“Of course it feels like an opportunity missed. We could have qualified tonight but it didn’t happen. Their keeper made a lot of saves and they showed their quality by scoring with one chance.

“What matters is that we go there with the belief to do it.”

What’s next?

Arsenal travel to Manchester United on Sunday in the Premier League (16:30 BST) while Atletico play Alaves away on the same day (15:15 BST). The teams’ meet again in the second leg next Thursday at 20:05.

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25 April Arsenal could be running out of candidates to take over from Arsene Wenger, if the Times are to be believed. The North London side will be without the Frenchman next season, as he announced his retirement last week. Yet one of the prime names to take over, Jogi Low, is likely out because […]

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Olivier Giroud sends tribute message to Arsene Wenger over Arsenal exit — Metro

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‘I improved so much alongside you.’

Olivier Giroud has paid tribute to Arsene Wenger.. (Getty Images)

Olivier Giroud has sent a tribute message to Arsene Wenger following the 68-year-old’s decision to step down as Arsenal manager at the end of the season.

The Frenchman has called time on his 22-year reign, even though he still had a year remaining on his contract, and will leave at the end of the campaign.

Giroud was signed by Wenger from Montpellier for £9.6 million in 2012 and helped the club win three FA Cups during his six years at the club.

Giroud left Arsenal to join Chelsea in the January transfer window, and the France striker has thanked Wenger for improving him as a player.

Giroud insists Wenger improved him as a player. (Getty Images)

‘Thank you for giving me the opportunity to make my childhood dream comes true,’ Giroud posted on Twitter.

‘A huge respect for your resilience and your full commitment to the Arsenal over these 22 years.

‘I improved so much alongside you on and off the pitch thanks to your support and your trust over the years!’

 

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