RB Leipzig coach Ralph Hassenhutl has confirmed reports that Arsenal have shortlisted him as a potential candidate to succeed Arsene Wenger at the Gunners.
Earlier this week we brought you news that that the 49-year-old had emerged as a surprise contender after leading his side to the top of the Bundesliga, ahead of Bayern Munich.
Wenger’s deal expires at the end of the season with neither the Frenchman nor the club having yet confirmed if he plans to remain in north London.
When asked about the speculation linking him with Arsenal, in a pre-match press conference on Friday, Hassenhutl admitted there was plenty of truth in the report.
“It was a well-researched story,” he said via ESPN. “There was a lot of truth to it.
“I have heard of worse fates than succeeding the longest-serving manager in England. It’s not damaging my reputation, is it?”
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However, Hassenhutl also sought to play down talk of speculation insisting he was happy where he was ahead of a clash with Schalke at the weekend.
“We don’t have to put too much thought into it [Arsenal talk],” he added. “I have found my luck here.”
“Schalke are on a roll and they look extremely stable. Everything will matter in this match. We have to bring everything to the pitch otherwise it will be extremely difficult to land three points.”
Hassenhutl’s comments reveal that Arsenal are definitely on the hunt for Wenger’s successor although exactly when that person will be expected to take over remains to be seen.