The iconic Frenchman was the longest serving and most successful manager in the Gunners’ history with 3 Premier League titles and 7 FA Cups during a tenure of 22 years. Wenger stepped down last season after finishing 6th with The Emirates outfit in the Premier League, making room for Unai Emery.
In an interview with Sky Sports in late October, the former Monaco boss revealed that he’ll be back in management at the beginning of the new year. He further stated:
“I miss the game and the intensity and the beauty of our game. The team work and sharing the emotions are the things you miss.
“Thanks to my 22 years at Arsenal, I have big experience on different levels. There are enquiries from all over the world.”
— The Sun Football ⚽ (@TheSunFootball) November 18, 2018
The Bundesliga giants are currently struggling, not seeing a win in the league since over a month and 9 points behind leader Borussia Dortmund in 5th place. According to Bild, with Kovac’s side performing sub-par, Wenger’s ‘name is increasingly used internally by Bayern’ as they consider the options at their disposal to turn the season around into their favour.
Arsene Wenger to Bayern Munich | Bild present prospect as serious, Wenger increasingly being discussed internally at Bayern, Arsenal man-management key. https://t.co/Q0eKhf1BFH #afc #fcb pic.twitter.com/tdbn4Qyeto
— Sport Witness (@Sport_Witness) November 26, 2018
Kovac previously enjoyed success with Eintracht Frankfurt, helping the side beat Bayern in the German Cup final last May. At the beginning of the season, he was brought to the Allianz Arena to succeed Jupp Heynckes on a 3 year contract.
However, things didn’t go as planned and ironically, Frankfurt are now two points ahead of Bayern at 3rd place in Bundesliga.
Reportedly Bayern tried to sign Wenger during the 1990s but failed in their pursuit. Club chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, before Bayern faced Arsenal in the Champions League 2 years ago revealed:
“Unfortunately it didn’t work out at the time because he decided differently, I personally have a very good relationship with Arsene Wenger, whom I respect for a long, long time.”
I think the Bavarians’ recent 3-3 draw against relegation-threatened Fortuna Duesseldorf is a clear indication that Kovac is not a reliable fit for them.
On the other hand, Wenger is from the Alsace region of his country, close to the German border, and speaks the language fluently. Combine that with 20 years of experience in the Champions League and it will be perspicuous why the 69 year old can turn things around in Munich.