Wenger: I'd be betraying Arsenal if I stayed in England

Ruben Hill
May 17, 2018

Arsenal could accelerate the appointment of Arsene Wenger's successor as Mikel Arteta's rivals for the post continue to be ruled out.

Arsenal CEO Ivan Gazidis had promised that the club will be "bold" in their search for Wenger's replacement after 22 years in charge.

Vieira, captain on Wenger's iconic Invincibles side, was mooted as an early contender but reports on Tuesday claimed the New York City FC manager felt disappointed, under the impression he had been considered an afterthought by the Arsenal board.

Despite this belief, Gazidis will interview other candidates, although Sky Sports says that Thierry Henry "has not been contacted about the vacant role".

Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis has become increasingly convinced that the Spaniard, now Pep Guardiola's assistant coach at Manchester City, is the right man for the job.

Massimiliano Allegri
GETTY Massimiliano Allegri has been touted as a potential replacement for Arsene Wenger

Another candidate was Hoffenheim's Julian Nagelsmann, but the German club recently insisted he will still be their manager next season.

Meanwhile, Pires and Vieira were teammates for six years at Arsenal.

Although the likes of Massimiliano Allegri, Luis Enrique and Patrick Vieira have all been linked with the job, it is beginning to look increasingly likely that Arteta will take over this summer.

Wenger's assistant Steve Bould has also been offered a new role but the former defender hasn't yet given an indication of his future and is understood be weighing up an offer from recently relegated Stoke City.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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