Diego Simeone drifting away from Atletico, as he’s linked to Arsenal

Diego Simeone is linked to Arsenal, amid Atletico Madrid speculation
Diego Simeone is linked to Arsenal, amid Atletico Madrid speculation

Diego Simeone was linked to race for Arsenal top boss, as it is reported in Marca, Atletico Madrid and Simeone are drifting away following a poor start of La Liga season. He had a great association with Madrid club first as a player and then as a manager since 2011.

Diego Simeone’s tenure at Atletico Madrid could be coming to an end – fuelled talk over a move to the Premier League.

Simeone Record in Madrid

Simeone, 49, has been in charge of the La Liga giants since 2011, winning the La Liga title and Europa League twice.

Atletico have reached the final of the Champions League twice in the last six years. His other achievements with Atletico Madrid

  • La Liga: 1 (2013–14)
  • Copa del Rey: 1 (2012–13)
  • Supercopa de España: 1 (2014)
  • UEFA Europa League: 2 (2011–12, 2017–18)
  • UEFA Super Cup: 2 (2012, 2018)

The club sold six of the ‘first eleven’ players, like Antoine Griezmann and Rodri in the summer while stalwart Diego Godin also moved on, with Atletico in sixth in the La Liga table.

MARCA reports some members of the board are disappointed with Simeone and the current state of affairs, claiming a ‘divorce is on the horizon’.

That could put Premier League clubs on red alert with Arsenal on the lookout for a new manager. 

What sparked the speculation?

Speaking after the 1-0 loss to Barcelona, inflicted late on by Lionel Messi, Simeone claimed: “Change will come and, instead of hitting the post, the ball will go in.

“We have to stay patient and know that we’re in a year of transition.”

The notion of transition is said to be irking boardroom bosses and there is said to be something of a split in opinion at the top of the club.

But, on Wednesday, Atletico president Enrique Cerezo appeared to agree that more time was needed.

He told El Transistor: “There are many new players and they are adjusting, but we are only two games away from the top of the league.”

If Diego Simeone departs, that would no doubt made Arsenal interested, as they seek a replacement for Unai Emery.