Premier League club Arsenal FC are reportedly interested in bringing in AS Monaco manager Leonardo Jardim, in case Arsene Wenger decides to leave the club at the end of this season during the summer.
According to reports in France, Arsenal have Jardim on top of their list to replace Wenger at the Emirates.
The French boss has just a couple of months left of his contract and is yet to sign a new contract with the Gunners. But, recent reports have also suggested that Wenger is likely to agree a two year contract extension which will keep him at the club till 2019.
Former Arsenal and France defender Mikael Silvestre, who spent two seasons playing under Wenger said at the weekend that Jardim should be the man to replace Wenger.
Silvestre recently spoke with Soccer AM and stated that Wenger and his staff should leave the club now or in the near future but says that it is totally the Frenchman’s decision if he wants to leave the club or not.
He also spoke about Jardim saying that: “You should look at someone who practices attacking football, like a Leonardo Jardim at Monaco.”
Under Jardim, AS Monaco have been very impressive both in the French league and UEFA Champions League. Jardim has guided the team really well this term and his players have responded equally well scoring 151 goals in all competitions.
The Portugese manager has guided Monaco to the champions league semi finals and to the top of Ligue 1 standings this season ahead of the big spending Paris Saint Germain.
Telefoot also picked Jardim to be the top favourite and ideal man to replace the Frenchman at North London.
On the other hand, the Portuguese also remains as a top candidate to replace Stefano Poli at Inter Milan, as some reports suggest.
But, as of now, it will be Arsenal FC who will need his services more if Wenger leaves. The 67 year old, Gunners boss has struggled a lot this season after getting humiliated by FC Bayern Munich in the champions league which eventually led to elimination from the tournament and now also struggling to break into the top 4 in the premier league table.
Atletico Madrid boss, Diego Simeone also remains as one of the candidates to take up the managerial role in North London but according to Silvestre he would not fancy someone to come in and play a tight two lines in front of the goalkeeper.