Arsenal have reached out to potential Wenger replacement


It’s now become the norm for Arsene Wenger’s press conferences to begin with a question about his future.

The Frenchman is out of contract at the end of the season and refuses to confirm whether or not he’ll be at the Emirates come the summer.

Having initially told reporters all would be revealed in March or April, he has told the assembled media simply that he was “wrong” about the timing, giving nothing else away.

With a two-year contract on the table, it seems fairly likely that Le Professeur will put pen to paper and remain in the Arsenal dugout.

However, amid growing pressure from the fans, it wouldn’t come as too much of a surprise if he called it a day.

The Gunners’ 2-0 defeat to Spurs on Sunday confirmed they will finish below their north London rivals for the first time in 22 years, while they are also face missing out on the Champions League for the first time in his reign.

If Wenger does go, reports in Spain suggest Arsenal are reaching out to one man – Athletic Bilbao’s Ernesto Valverde.


Cadena Ser report that Arsenal and Roma have both spoken to him, though he is hoping to hear from Barcelona about the imminent vacancy at the Nou Camp.

The 53-year-old is unlikely to offer the sort of stability offered by Wenger, as he has changed jobs seven times in the last 14 years.

Bilbao are anxious to see his future sorted one way or another.

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