Done Deal?: Arsenal Close To Announcing Wenger’s Replacement

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Arsene Wenger takes charge of his final game as Arsenal manager at Huddersfield tomorrow, with the home side organising an ovation in the 22nd minute in recognition of the Frenchman’s 22 years at the helm.

While Huddersfield set about organising the mawkish tribute, those behind the scenes at Arsenal are setting about finding his successor, and a report in The Times today claims that they have set their sights on one man.

Per Gary Jacob, Juventus manager Max Allegri is in the frame to succeed Wenger following positive discussions between both parties on transfer spend and staff.

Allegri has an outstanding record at Juve, and is on the cusp of winning a fourth-straight Scudetto having this week won a fourth-successive Coppa Italia. He has also brought Juve to two Champions League finals. While Allegri has flirted with leaving Turin this season and had said that Champions League participation was a dealbreaker, it looks that he may now relent on that.

The Times also say that Allegri is learning English, and that Arsenal want the appointment signed and sealed before the World Cup begins in June.


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