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Arsene Wenger has dropped a huge hint he knows who will replace him as Arsenal boss.
The Frenchman lost in agonising circumstances this afternoon on his final visit to Old Trafford as Arsenal manager.
Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United left it late but snatched all three points thanks to a 90-minute Marouane Fellaini header.
Against a weakened Arsenal outfit ahead of their crunch Europa League semi-final second leg away to Atletico Madrid on Thursday, United deserved to win.
But while the Gunners have been criticised for their frailties, a number of fringe players impressed at the Theatre of Dreams.
Ainsley Maitland-Niles shone in midfield, while Reiss Nelson showed glimpses of his potential and centre-half Konstantinos Mavropanos coped well after being thrown in at the deep end on his full Premier League debut.
Whoever Arsenal’s new manager is, they are expected to make changes in the transfer market this summer.
But on his replacement now believing there’s depth in the squad, Wenger said: “My successor certainly will have watched this game today.
“Hopefully, he will come to positive conclusions for the players.
“For them, it’s whether they can be part of the future of Arsenal Football Club.
“I think some of them have shown today that they can be, 100 per cent. I would say, personally, 100 per cent.”
Speaking specifically on the performances of Maitland-Niles and Mavropanos, Wenger added: Ainsley Maitland-Niles is slowly becoming the player I think he can be in defensive midfield. He can create as well.
“Mavropanos, in training he has shown top quality but then you always have a question mark as long as you don’t see that under pressure in a big game. Until that, you don’t know.
“The big players do better in the competition than in training. They make a career, the others… we have many players at our level who do less well in competition than in training.
“That was the question mark and I think he did well. He surprised everybody by his quality today.”
Wenger’s replacement is yet to be announced, but ex-Barcelona boss Luis Enrique is the current frontrunner.
However, the likes of Juventus’ Massimiliano Allegri, Celtic’s Brendan Rodgers and New York City’s Patrick Vieira are all in the frame too.