Breaking: Arsene Wenger’s retirement currently discussed at the Emirates

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ARSENE WENGER is reportedly considering cutting his two-year Arsenal contract short – but only if Mikel Arteta is his replacement

Arsene Wenger signed a new two-year deal with Arsenal at the end of last season, keeping him in north London until the 2018/19 campaign.

However, the 68-year-old is said to have a break clause in his contract and could cut short his tenure to move into the boardroom.

The Mirror claim Wenger is considering the option of stepping down in the summer in order to move upstairs at the Emirates.

But he will only do so if former club captain Mikel Arteta is instated as his replacement.

Arteta is said to have left a lasting impression on Wenger and Gunners chief executive Ivan Gazidis during his five-year spell in north London.

And his development as a coach alongside Pep Guardiola at Manchester City this season has been turning heads.

The report says Arsenal have held informal talks with the Spaniard about a potential return to the Emirates.

However, there is said to be some pressure from officials at the club to make their own appointment, rather than relying on Wenger’s recommendation.

Wenger has always harboured a never-say-die attitude but it seems results this season have caused the Frenchman to reassess his position at the club.

The Gunners are well off the pace in the Premier League in sixth position and are 23 points adrift of leaders City.

“It hurts very much,” the Frenchman said after the game.

“We have won the FA Cup three times in the last four years. We will not win it every year and it’s a difficult competition to win but it hurts to go out in the third round.

‘Unfortunately they were better than us. We have another big game on Wednesday and we must focus on that now. I always expect the best of my team.”

They also crashed out of the FA Cup at the weekend, suffering a humiliating 4-2 defeat to Nottingham Forest which has ramped up pressure on Wenger.

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