Arsene Wenger's potential successors: Ancelotti, Jardim, Allegri... Low?

It's time to play the "Arsene Wenger successor" game again, as the Arsenal manager finds himself under renewed scrutiny.

Arsenal's dismal 3-0 loss to Manchester City in Sunday's Carabao Cup final has increased speculation that Wenger could be shown the door this summer unless the team somehow manage to qualify for the Champions League. That, of course, raises the question of who would be brought in to replace the Frenchman, who has been in charge since 1996.

A trio of English newspapers -- the Mirror, Daily Mail and Telegraph - reported on Tuesday that Arsenal are eyeing Monaco's Leonardo Jardim, Germany's Joachim Low and Celtic's Brendan Rodgers as the top potential candidates. That's in addition to a host of names that have been mentioned previously, some of which have been discarded and some that could still resurface.

Here's a closer look at five of the potential candidates and how they would fit in at Arsenal.

Leonardo Jardim - Monaco

At Monaco, Jardim has succeeded in implementing the same blueprint Wenger tried to perfect for many years: building a title-winning team by developing young talent while playing an attractive brand of football. Granted, Jardim hasn't quite managed to replicate last season's title-winning triumphs, but given the players he lost last summer (including star man Kylian Mbappe) it's still impressive to sit second in Ligue 1.

At 43, Jardim is still young enough to bring a new level of energy to the club, while still experienced enough to back that up with authority. And perhaps he could also bring Arsenal target Thomas Lemar with him.

Joachim Low - Germany

Low led Germany to win the World Cup in 2014 and will try to repeat that feat this summer, but he would still be a surprising choice given that he has never managed a top club.

After leading Stuttgart to the Cup Winners' Cup final in 1998, he had stints in Turkey and Austria before joining the national team set-up in 2004. He might be a popular choice among Arsenal's German-speaking contingent -- and especially Mesut Ozil -- but he is totally untested when it comes to delivering a top league title.

Brendan Rodgers - Celtic

Rodgers would be an even more surprising choice than Low, especially since Arsenal should be able to choose from the top managers around Europe.

True, Rodgers nearly led Liverpool to the Premier League title in 2014, and he mimicked Arsenal's "Invincibles" by leading Celtic to an unbeaten season last year. But there's still a feeling that Rodgers' career has stalled, while there are plenty of others whose star is on the rise.

Carlo Ancelotti - no club

The Italian veteran is widely seen as the safe choice for Arsenal, especially if they want someone to come in and run the ship with a steady hand during the inevitable transition period after Wenger's departure.

Ancelotti has won titles everywhere he's gone and owns one of the most impressive managerial records in football. He's not young, but at 58 he still has a good decade left in him at the top level. Of the people on this list, he's the closest thing to a guarantee that Arsenal will at least be a regular contender for a top-four spot. And perhaps best of all: he's available and wouldn't require prising away from any club.

Max Allegri - Juventus

Allegri was widely tipped as the No. 1 candidate for Arsenal this past summer had Wenger not been given a new contract. And given Antonio Conte's immediate success at Chelsea, it would be interesting to see if Allegri could have a similar impact if he moved from Juventus to the Premier League.

His emphasis on a solid defence would be a big departure from Wenger's traditional approach, but it is also sorely needed at the club.