Borussia Dortmund have sought to play down speculation that coach Thomas Tuchel could move to Arsenal after speculation linking him with a move to the Emirates.
Recent rumours have claimed the 43-year-old tops Arsenal’s wanted list for potential candidates to replace Arsene Wenger should he step down this summer.
There have even been reports that Arsenal have already made enquiries about Tuchel but chief executive Hans Watzke insists that is not the case.
“It is a fact that nobody from Arsenal called us. We’re taking about completely fictional stuff here,” Watzke told Sky.
“Some day in May we will sit down and analyze this season. He is still under contract here for another year. That’s why I don’t understand all the speculation.”
Tuchel insisted last week that he had heard nothing from Arsenal as speculation over a possible successor for Wenger goes into overdrive.
Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri, Monaco’s Leonardo Jardim and Roger Schmidt have also been linked with the role as well as Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez.
Wenger is currently under pressure and facing some tricky fixtures with Bayern Munich in the Champions League up next.
However, he insisted after Saturday’s win over Hull that he was not ready to retire yet after Ian Wright had claimed he thought he would step down at the end of the season.
Yet there does appear a growing feeling that Wenger may well chose to walk away at the end of the season in what could be a huge summer for the club with the futuers of Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez also uncertain.