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According to the Evening Standard, Thomas Tuchel has distanced himself from reports suggesting he’s held talks with Arsenal about replacing Arsene Wenger this summer.
Pressure is mounting on Wenger to walk away at the end of the season with fans increasingly disillusioned under the Frenchman’s stewardship following yet another defeat, this time at the hands of West Brom on Saturday.
Wenger told reporters after the game at the Hawthorns that he’d made a decision over his future and would inform everyone ‘very soon’, leading to speculation that he was finally about to end his 21-year reign in north London.
German newspaper Bild reported this morning that Arsenal officials had held talks with Borussia Dortmund boss Thomas Tuchel about taking over at the Emirates this summer.
However, Tuchel has moved quickly to distance himself from the rumours by saying he has a contract with Dortmund and the rumours surrounding a move to Arsenal don’t interest him.
When asked about an approach from Arsenal, Tuchel is quoted as saying by the Evening Standard:
“I can’t give you any information about the topic because it doesn’t involve me. I’m happy with my job in Dortmund and have a contract, so it is of no interest to me.”
Personally, I wouldn’t read too much into this as Tuchel was never going to say anything else. He could hardly come out and confirm talks with Arsenal, could he?
I’d be amazed if the Arsenal board aren’t actively speaking to potential replacements and Tuchel is no doubt among their targets, but that’s not to say he’ll be interested in leaving Dortmund just yet.
All the newspapers in the UK reported earlier that Wenger has decided to stay but I’m not convinced that’s the case and I fail to see how he can possibly think he’s the man to take us forward.
We need a fresh start but if Wenger does end up staying, then I fear things are only going to get worse next season. Let’s pray he does the right thing….