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Boss responds to reports he’s being lined-up to replace Wenger at Arsenal
Athletic Bilbao boss Ernesto Valverde has responded to reports suggesting he’s being lined-up as a potential replacement for Arsene Wenger at Arsenal.
Wenger’s future remains in serious doubt as the pressure on him to walk away from the club is growing following yet another embarrassing defeat at Crystal Palace which leaves us facing the very real possibility of missing out on the top four.
The likes of Max Allegri and Thomas Tuchel have been the bookmakers favourites to take over if Wenger does leave but another name was thrown in to the mix earlier this week.
Spanish outlet Marca reported Ernesto Valverde has been added to the short-list of potential candidates drawn-up by the Arsenal hierarchy after impressing at Bilbao.
Valverde was quizzed about the rumours at his press conference last night and the 53-year-old played down the reports but refused to rule out the possibility of managing in England at some point.
When asked about links with Arsenal, Valverde is quoted as saying by the Mirror:
“I’ve already coached abroad and for me it was an enriching experience. It was extraordinary,”
“I do not know what is going to happen in the future but it’s not a personal target to go to one place or another.
“We will see if I go [to the Premier League] now, soon or never. We’ll see what happens in the future.”
He’s done a good job at Bilbao but I personally think Allegri is the man for the job to replace Wenger and it needs to happen this summer.
There is still plenty of talk that Wenger wants to sign a new two-year deal but it’s clear as day that we need change at the club and Allegri is the man to usher in a new era at the Emirates.
Let’s pray Arsene does the right thing and walks away at the end of the season…