Ja Gunners ja.
With many of us having resigned ourselves to the fact that Arsene Wenger’s tenure at Arsenal would outlast our lives, comes the surprising news that the Gunners have recognised a need for change.
Thomas Tuchel has reportedly entered ‘negotiations’ with the north London club after turning down Bayern Munich.
The former Borussia Dortmund boss was the Bundesliga champions’ No1 target to replace Jupp Heynckes in the summer.
But Tuchel has rejected Bayern’s approach and informed them he wants to manage abroad.
And Kicker, an often reliable outlet, claim that he is already in talks about succeeding Arsene Wenger with the Gunners having got the jump on Chelsea, who are also preparing for life post-Antonio Conte.
Tuchel has been out of work since he was axed by Dortmund last May just days after leading them to German Cup success.
The 44-year-old gaffer worked with Arsenal’s new head of recruitment, Sven Mislintat, when the pair were together at Signal Iduna Park, although they did have a somewhat rocky relationship.
Bayern need a new man to take over with 72-year-old Heynckes, who came out of retirement earlier in the season when Carlo Ancelotti was sacked, set to leave.
And the veteran has been vocal in his desire to see Tuchel come in to fill the void left by him in May.
He said: “Thomas Tuchel has the quality to coach Bayern.
“I rate Thomas Tuchel. He has continued the progression from the youth teams at Mainz. That is the stairway to success that you must take, learning the correct approach and people skills.
“Under Tuchel, Borussia Dortmund played excellent football with a good system—all of today’s modern footballing elements were there for everyone to see. Tuchel’s side finished runners-up, won the DFB Pokal and played attractive football. I had fun watching BVB, that’s why I respect and rate him as a very good trainer.”
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