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Arsenal have tried to convince Thomas Tuchel to renege on his agreement with Paris Saint-Germain and replace Arsene Wenger at the Emirates instead, according to reports.
The Gunners’ search for a new manager is well under way following Wenger’s announcement last week that he would end his 22-year reign at the north London club at the end of the season.
A host of managers have already been linked with the soon-to-be-vacant post, from former Barcelona manager Luis Enrique to ex-Arsenal skipper Mikel Arteta.
But Sky Germany report that it is PSG-bound Tuchel who Arsenal really want to be their next manager, and they made contact with the German last week.
However, Tuchel has already given his word that he will replace Unai Emery in Paris and told Arsenal he is unwilling to renege on that agreement.
Tuchel previously worked with Arsenal’s head of recruitment, Sven Mislintat, at Borussia Dortmund, though the pair fell out in the 2016/17 campaign. Mislintat was supposedly banned from coming to training by Tuchel as they argued over transfers, though more recent reports say the pair have repaired their relationship since leaving Dortmund.
Tuchel is yet to actually sign a contract with PSG, though he has agreed terms and will be unveiled at a presentation in Paris once the Ligue 1 season is over.
The German could, somewhat ironically, end up working under Wenger if PSG can successful convince the Frenchman to replace Bruno Henrique as the club’s sports director, though Wenger would prefer to remain in management.