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Arsenal look at Brendan Rodgers, Mikel Arteta and Joachim Low at head of seven man shortlist to replace Arsene Wenger

Gunners considering their options if they decide to axe Wenger at the end of the season with Leonardo Jardim, Paulo Fonseca, Thierry Henry and Carlo Ancelotti also in the frame with Emirates bosses

Arsenal have drawn up a seven-man shortlist to replace Arsene Wenger – with Brendan Rodgers, Mikel Arteta and Joachim Low at the head of the queue.

The Gunners hierarchy are said to be considering their options as Wenger’s job comes under scrutiny despite him still having 18 months of his current contract left to run.

Germany boss Joachim Low is one of the names on the list of candidates being looked at by Arsenal

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Germany boss Joachim Low is one of the names on the list of candidates being looked at by Arsenal

Arsene Wenger is coming under increasing pressure to deliver by his board

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Arsene Wenger is coming under increasing pressure to deliver by his board

The Mail say it is becoming more possible that the Arsenal board will decide to call time on Wenger’s 22-year reign in charge at the end of the season.

And the club are said to be casting their net far and wide to find the right candidate to begin a new era at the Emirates.

Celtic boss Rodgers is one man they are looking at closely, impressed by the job he has done north of the border after going so close to landing the title with Liverpool.

And Manchester City coach Arteta is another who is well regarded, with the former Spanish international retaining close links with the Gunners since his time at the club as a player.


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Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers has impressed with his work north of the border

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Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers has impressed with his work north of the border

Manchester City coach Mikel Arteta has close links with Arsenal

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Manchester City coach Mikel Arteta has close links with Arsenal

Germany national team boss Low has been a long-time part of the thoughts of chief-executive Ivan Gazidis, who is exerting growing power at the club.

While the work Leonardo Jardim has done at Monaco in recent seasons has also seen him emerge as a credible target for the Gunners.

Club legend Thierry Henry is another who is on the list of seven possible candidates, although his lack of Premier League coaching experience would count against him.

The work Shaktar Donetsk boss Paula Fonseca has done has also also been noted, while former Chelsea and Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti would be seen as a safe choice to come in and make changes.

Monaco boss Leonardo Jardim has won admirers for his work with the French club

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Monaco boss Leonardo Jardim has won admirers for his work with the French club

Gazidis spoke a year ago of needing a catalyst for change, and though Wenger went on to sign a new two-year deal last summer it is the American who is starting to hold all the cards at the club.

Wenger no longer has total control over transfers at the club, with Sven Mislinstat arriving from Borussia Dortmund to overhaul the scouting department.

Now his results on the pitch are starting to be questioned, and the limp challenge for the Premier League title has already caused concern among senior officials at the club.

There was genuine belief that Arsenal would be at least fighting in the top four this season having missed out on a Champions League place.

Thierry Henry may be a popular choice with the supporters

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Thierry Henry may be a popular choice with the supporters

But the Gunners are now ten points adrift of the top four, and although they have a game in hand they have it all to do to bridge that gap over the remainder of the season.

Failure to qualify for the Champions League for a second straight season would be viewed badly by the Gunners board – with winning the Europa League now regarded as their best chance of getting into the competition.

Shaktar Donetsk boss Paulo Fonseca is said to have admirers at Arsenal

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Shaktar Donetsk boss Paulo Fonseca is said to have admirers at Arsenal

Carlo Ancelotti has proven credentials and is available

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Carlo Ancelotti has proven credentials and is available

But with in-form Italian giants standing in Arsenal’s way in the last 16 of that competition, that task has been made harder still.


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Owner Stan Kroenke remains the man who will make a final decision on Wenger’s future, and he is understood to still have trust in the manager.

But that will be tested if the Gunners continue to tail off from their rivals, with a growing feeling Wenger has lost the ability to build a successful team.


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