The Arsenal and Man United Jurgen Klopp Pipe Dream

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Updated: April 23, 2014
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Arsenal FC and Manchester United, two of the biggest clubs in World Futbol, are going through serious managerial issues. Manchester United just sacked Sir Alex Ferguson’s replacement David Moyes, and Arsenal’s supporters are divided on Arsene Wenger.

At Arsenal, there are two sects of supporters. There are the “Wenger Out” supporters, and everyone else; and it’s not a good situation. Unfortunately, managerial turmoil is not the way to succeed.

Arsenal’s 9-year trophy drought, aswell as David Moyes unsuccessful stint have galvanized the two fan bases more than any other issue. 

The one constant that I have seen from both fan bases is who they want to coach their clubs.

That man is German wunder coach Jurgen Klopp. And every time I see his name mentioned, I can’t help but chuckle to myself and think that both fan bases are reaching for the stars. 

Jurgen Klopp has worked wonders at Borussia Dortmund, so much so that every owner on Earth would love him to coach their players and bring trophy after trophy to their club.

Unfortunately, that is a dream that neither Man U nor Arsenal will realize anytime soon. For starters, Jurgen Klopp has a contract with Borussia Dortmund until 2018, and he seems like the type of man who is looking to see out his contract because ironically, he is the young version of Arsene Wenger.

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Klopp has the exact same philosophies on football as La Professor does and that is the reason so many Arsenal fans want him to replace Wenger.

But for the same reasons that Gooners across the world want Klopp, they fail to understand those are the same reasons that Klopp won’t be managing Arsenal anytime soon.

Similar to Wenger, Klopp loves his club, and that’s apparent. He bleeds yellow and he wears his heart on his sleeve for Dortmund. Klopp believes in nurturing young players and growing a team from the bottom up and showcasing young talent. He is not the sort of manager that believes in large transfer fees and bringing in players that are not in the Dortmund mold. Look at the names of players that have grown to become stars under Klopp: Shinji Kagawa, Nuri Sahin, Marco Reus, Robert Lewondowski, Mats Hummels, and Mario Goetz.

Remember, Wenger raised the likes of Thierry Henry, Cesc Fabregas, Robert Pires, Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere to their world-class status under his tutelage. Klopp has his philosophy, he has his method, and he has his one touch attractive football/possession based playing style. Everything about him screams Wenger and Arsenal, and that is the main reason he won’t leave his version of Arsenal.

The only way I can see Klopp leaving Dortmund is if his players keep getting poached from Dortmund and get picked up by larger clubs like Bayern Munich or Real Madrid.

If it gets to the point where Dortmund are just a feeder club or a “selling club,” then I can see him leaving. But Klopp seems like a man who enjoys the challenge, and he seems to enjoy crushing Bayern Munich and their deep pockets as much as possible. 

As far as Klopp going to Man U is concerned, that’s one of the biggest clubs on Earth, but who’s to say he wants to come to England period?


I just gave all my reasons for him not going to Arsenal, I don’t really have any reason for him to not going to Man U other than why would he want to? Look at what just happened to Moyes.

What would make Klopp believe that he would have more time than Moyes did to build his philosophy at United? No one expects anything from him in Dortmund. That’s not the same situation at United. At United, trophies are expected annually and they like more than one trophy.

And if the Man U supporters showed us anything, it’s that they don’t have a lot of patience when it comes to competing for titles. Man U fans will say it would be different with Klopp, but how do we know?

Why would supporters give Klopp more leeway than Moyes?

Alex Ferguson handpicked Moyes, and he only lasted 10 months. Klopp is not a miracle worker. Just like any manager he will need time in order to settle in a new country and get his players.

If in the process he does not have Man U competing for trophies right away, does he get longer than 10 months?

If I am asking these questions, I am sure Klopp and his trusted advisors are/will ask these questions as well. The sacking of Moyes and his treatment as manager will not go unnoticed across Europe. 

Jurgen Klopp is an exceptional young manager, and his work these last few years at Dortmund has caught the eye of every huge club in Europe. But when he signed the contract until 2018, and his constant declaration that he is not leaving Dortmund tells me that he’s genuine about his stance.

It’s time for Arsenal and Manchester United fans to move on from their Klopp love affair. Klopp is not coming to save either club, at least not in the near future. And the sooner fans come to grip with this, the sooner realistic candidates can be pursued. 

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