10 Names in the Frame to Succeed Arsene Wenger at Arsenal After Resignation Announced

Arsene Wenger has finally announced his resignation as Arsenal manager  and is planning to step down at the end of the season next month after 22 years in charge of the club.

This is now a pivotal moment in Gunners history, and whoever the board chooses to be the Frenchman's successor has to be the right appointment.

Here's a look at 10 of the early names in the frame for the job:

10. Thierry Henry

Thierry Henry is an Arsenal legend after becoming the club's all-time top scorer during an eight year period as a player between 1999 and 2007 that brought him four Premier League Golden Boots, and saw the club win two Premier League titles and three FA Cups.

Hiring Henry as manager would no doubt prove popular, but is something of a gamble as his only senior experience to date is as an assistant coach for the Belgium national team.

9. Mikel Arteta

Former Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta is perhaps an outside bet after thriving in his role as assistant manager to Pep Guardiola at Manchester City since 2016.

Arteta spent five years with the Gunners as a player, lifting two FA Cups and may be tempted by the opportunity to spread his own wings. Inexperience will count against the Spaniard, though, as he has been coaching for just two seasons and only recently turned 35.

8. Joachim Low

Germany national team boss Joachim Low has been linked with the Arsenal job for a number of years and it would represent his first club role in 14 long years were he to be appointed.

Low won the World Cup with Germany four years ago and has taken his country to numerous semi finals and finals since taking over in 2006. His past is a concern, however, with a single season at Fenerbahce in the late 1990s his most high profile club job.

7. Massimiliano Allegri

Massimiliano Allegri remains the last manager to guide AC Milan to the Serie A title and won three further Italian titles in his first three seasons with Juventus - and I Bianconeri are currently on course to win a fourth in 2017/18.

Allegri, who also steered Juve to Champions League finals in 2015 and 2017, has been courted by Chelsea this season and could be open to a fresh challenge in England.

6. Diego Simeone

The likelihood of Diego Simeone taking over at the Emirates seems to have lessened over the last 12 months, but the Argentine could still be a candidate for the Gunners.

Once a combative midfielder, his managerial record speaks for itself after winning the Europa League with Atletico Madrid in 2012 just months after arriving. He also steered the club to La Liga glory in 2013/14 and two Champions League finals in the space of three years.

5. Luis Enrique

Although there could be competition from Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain, former Barcelona coach Luis Enrique comes with the added benefit of being currently available after taking a year off following his decision to walk away from Camp Nou last May.

The ex-Spain international won the treble with Barça in his first season with the club in 2014/15 and had already served his managerial apprenticeship after several years in charge of the B team, as well as spells at Roma and Celta Vigo.

4. Thomas Tuchel

Thomas Tuchel is another who is currently available after leaving Borussia Dortmund last summer, but is still considered to be among the best young coaches in Europe.

The 44-year-old, who will be well known to Arsenal pair Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, had been heavily liked with the vacant job at Bayern Munich until the reigning German champions recently opted to hire Niko Kovac instead.

3. Carlo Ancelotti

Three-time UEFA Champions League winner Carlo Ancelotti has long been rumoured to be interested in a return to England after two years in charge of Chelsea from 2009 to 2011.

Ancelotti won a Premier League and FA Cup double in his very first season on these shores and has claimed league titles in four different countries in total - Italy, England, France, Germany - as well being the man to deliver Real Madrid's long elusive 10th European title.

2. Brendan Rodgers

Brendan Rodgers may well consider himself ready to take on a challenge in the Premier League once more after leading Celtic to successive Scottish titles in 2016/17 and 2017/18; the first of those in even more dominant fashion than usual.

He famously led Liverpool to within a whisker of the Premier League title in 2013/14, and also established Swansea as a top flight side after first guiding them to promotion.

1. Patrick Vieira

Wenger himself has suggested just this week that former Arsenal captain Patrick Vieira has potential to be Arsenal manager. But whether the Frenchman meant as his immediate successor or at some point further down the road was not clear.

Either way, Vieira, who started his managerial career witch Manchester City's 'Elite Development Squad' before taking the reins at New York City, is now heavily fancied.