Arsene Wenger’s two decade long illustrious Arsenal career is probably coming to an end as his contract runs out after this season and the French man is unlikely to sign contract extension according to reports. British Media has linked 49 year old RB Leipzig boss Ralph Hasenhuttl as the successor of Wenger at the Emirates and Hasenhuttl has himself admitted that there is a lot of truth in the reports.
The RB Leipzig head coach has also said that he is open to a move to the Guuners. Hasenhuttl has received a lot of accolades as after promoting the club to Bundesliga last season, his side is sitting pretty at the top of the League table with nine wins and three draws, three points clear ahead of Bayern Munich. Having spent peanuts and without any top star, RB Leipzig is dominating the German League.
Whether RB Leipzig can do a Leicester or Hasenhuttl do a Ranieri, that remains to be seen but the coach has already received rave reviews for his tactical acumen. RB Leipzig boss Hasenhuttl has confirmed there’s “a lot of truth” to claims that Arsenal have made contacts with him about succeeding Wenger.
On being asked to comment on Arsenal’s rumoured interest in him and The Sun article on him, Hasenhuttl said: ”It was a well-researched story. There was a lot of truth to it.”
”I have heard of worse fates than succeeding the longest-serving manager in England.”
‘‘I have heard of worse outcomes than being discussed as the successor to one of the longest serving managers in England to have ever managed. The article was not altogether defamatory.”
”It’s also not the case that I get up tomorrow and I’m annoyed that the fridge hasn’t defrosted because the removal men are already at the door.”
”We don’t have to give too much thought to it. I have found happiness here in Leipzig and it’s not of course going to distract me from my current situation.”
The Gunner ownership might want to infuse some heavy metal after 20 years of Wenger Classical, by replacing the veteran with the Austrian. The 67 year old Manager’s future is still unclear but going by the reports, he is unlikely to extend his contract with Arsenal.
Though Hasenhuttl is bookies’ favourite for being the next Arsenal chief, the likes of Eddie Howe, Joachim Low and Diego Simeone have been doing the rounds.
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