Arsenal increasingly believe that Arsene Wenger will step down as manager at the end of the season and have drawn up a four-man shortlist of potential candidates to replace the Frenchman, according to The Mirror.
Wenger yet again declined to discuss his future in Thursday’s pre-match press conference as he nears the end of his current deal which expires in the summer.
The report claims that Borussia Dortmund boss Thomas Tuchel tops the list and that the Gunners have already made enquiries as to his availability.
The north Londoners have been led to believe that Tuchel could be tempted away from Dortmund and follow Jurgen Klopp in making the move to the Premier League.
Also on the list is Massimiliano Allegri who has long been linked with the role and increased speculation by refusing to deny reports he could move to England this summer following Juventus’ win over Crotone on Wednesday.
Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim is also on the list and is impressing in Ligue 1 this season after guiding his exciting young team to the top of the table.
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The club also remain in the Champions League, having already helped despatch Tottenham from the competition, and face Manchester City in the round of 16.
The final name on the list is Bayer Leverkusen coach Roger Schmidt, who is believed to be the outsider but who has impressed particularly due to his team’s attractive playing style.
Wenger has come under huge pressure following defeats to Watford and Chelsea although it has been reported he has been offered a two-year deal.
The Frenchman has previously stated that he would go with his “gut feeling” and there remains a strong possibility this could be his last season at the club.