Arsene Wenger isn’t done coaching; the Dutch National Team opening should intrigue him though
This is because the Professor loves a fluid and beautiful game; he is often credited for helping to first bring the notion to English Football. He has reportedly put himself forward for consideration; with the Dutch National Team, Arsene Wenger would have considerable tools at every level to work with. With those tools and the proper manager, the Dutch could see themselves being difficult to handle in European and World competitions.
It has been reported previously that Arsene Wenger has turned down jobs at high profile clubs, with high profile players in lieu of a more patient approach. This is likely the best opportunity, perhaps even the best of the opportunities he’s turned down as well; what could the Professor provide the Orange after Ronald Koeman’s departure, and what could they provide him in return?
Dutch Football: Some remarkable talent to manage and grow
The Dutch have been famous for football for decades, longer in fact; the players of legend who’ve played for them are some of the greatest of their respective generations. From Cruyff, to Bergkamp, Van Nistleroy and everyone before and since, the list is a history lesson in football; today is no different than yesterday in this respect.
At every level one finds incredible talent; even for someone who coached “the invincibles”, it is an embarrassment of riches. Memphis Depay and Steven Bergwijn are as exciting up front as any, while Quincy Promes is dependable as they come. Justin Kluivert has the ability to be as world class as his father, despite his current professional circumstances.
The middle of the pitch features names like Donny can de Beek, Georgino Wijnaldum and Frankie De Jong; the trio is likely only to get better with age and experience. Playing at Barcelona and Manchester United doesn’t hurt either however; Wijnaldum could find himself in Spain as well, with reports suggesting he may be leaving Liverpool. Mo Ihattaren is a young rising name, among the bevy of young rising names coming out of the Netherlands.
At the back Virgil van Dijk and Matthijs de Ligt sit ready in the middle of the defensive back line. De Ligt looks to take the next step of his career professionally after his fist year at Juventus; he’ll look to settle in under new boss Andre Pirlo in northern Italy.
Van Dijk meanwhile, is likely the best centre back in the world and he proves it weekly at Liverpool; names like Nathan Ake, Denzel Dumfries and Owen Wijndal are also defensive players to keep an eye on moving forward.
The goaltender position is alway solid as well, with Jasper Cillessen a very talented player in net. It is hardly surprising with his lineage understood.
This remarkably deep roster is undoubtedly the most attractive part about the Netherlands position for the Professor.
Arsene Wenger: A beautiful, fluid brand of Football
For Arsene Wenger, these players are more impressive than most any squad he would’ve joined as a manager or front office figure. The depth of young talent and veteran experience is as appealing as the relaxed schedule compared to Club football, relatively speaking of course.
Wenger’s football works best with influential talent, with players who do not need to be policed to remain focused. The self motivated squad of the Dutch should respond well to the beautiful variety of football that Arsène Wenger wishes to play wherever he manages. The squad will pass, and they will pass with grace and precision; those who’ve watched Wenger teams over the course of two decades know what the players can expect were he to take the position. Goals will be scored and excitement will be palpable in every match.
It’s difficult to imagine the players would miss a beat, even after losing a manager as wonderful as Barcelona’s new boss, Ronald Koeman. If that means a European and World trophy for his thoughtful tinkering, then that would only further accentuate a magnificent managerial career.
Meanwhile, as the Dutch would enjoy the innovations that Wenger is famous for, I believe that Arsène Wenger would find happiness in Northern Europe as well.
The Franco-Dutch Connection
Arsène Wenger has more to give the world of football; in the Netherlands, the famous boss would have all the talent in the world to play with. He would have a very well built team left to him by the former boss, with which he could simply influence to their benefit, not detriment.
He could find European and International silverware, redemption from the end of his time in England and success in a new life chapter. Arsène Wenger can give the Dutch what he gave those fans in North London; excitement, hope, beautiful football and silverware. In return, the Dutch look to give Wenger all the same things for himself; it would be a wonderful relationship should it happen, a new chapter for both.