Howe favourite for Arsenal job after Champions League debacle

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe has been installed as the favourite to be the next Arsenal manager in the wake of the Champions League debacle against Bayern Munich.

The Gunners’ 5-1 defeat in Germany has increased speculation over the future of Arsene Wenger, whose contract expires at the end of the season.

BetVictor make Howe the 4/1 frontrunner to succeed Wenger as Arsenal manager, while Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri, who has also been linked with the job, is priced at 9/2.

Former Arsenal midfielder Patrick Vieira is 12/1 with BetVictor to take over, while Ladbrokes have Allegri as their 4/1 favourite with Howe 9/2.

BetVictor are also offering odds of 25/1 on Arsenal reaching the next round and 150/1 on them winning the Champions League following their embarrassing loss to Bayern.

And the odds on Wenger being the next Premier League manager to leave his post have also been slashed – from 25/1 to 8/1.

BetVictor spokesman Jack Milner said: “Arsene Wenger’s contract expires in the summer and with rumours circulating that it will be his last season with the Gunners, BetVictor make Eddie Howe the 4/1 favourite to replace him as Arsenal’s next permanent manager – irrespective of the timescale.”

Meanwhile, Borussia Dortmund’s Thomas Tutchel has been cut from 25/1 to 10/1 by BetVictor to succeed Wenger at the Emirates Stadium.

Leonardo Jardim and Diego Simeone are both currently 14/1, with former Germany boss Joachim Low 16/1.




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