Gazidis hold talks with hot-tempered 44-year old boss to replace Wenger

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Ivan Gazidis met with three managers in the search for Arsene Wenger’s successor before the 68-year-old even announced his Arsenal departure, according to information in a recent report.

Goal published a report last month on the managers in line to replace Wenger, but the most interesting part was that Arsenal chief executive Gazidis had already met with some of them.

Whatever the Chief Executive says publicly about the hunt of Wenger’s successor starting now, clearly there’s already been some work done behind the scenes.

Thomas Tuchel

Tuchel is out of a job since leaving Borussia Dortmund last May and the media have linked the 44-year-old with a host of jobs. According to Goal, he met with Gazidis this season.

He hit the headlines in connection with Arsenal in March when claims from Germany said he had agreed to take over at Arsenal, despite there not being any vacancy in north London just yet.

Coveted by Bayern Munich he both wants the Bayern job and has turned it down in favour of Arsenal, depending on where you do your reading.

Most recently, the French media have strongly linked him with a move to PSG. In fact, that is almost starting to look like a done deal. Reliable BBC journalist David Ornstein claimed as much on Twitter recently.

Despite Sven Mislintat saying he would have no problem working with Tuchel, the fact is the pair don’t like each other in the slightest and it’s hard to imagine them working together so soon after the rift that helped to bring an end to Tuchel’s time at Dortmund after he banned Mislintat from the training ground.

Brian Meyers, BvB expert, said that Tuchel would “be petty enough to ask Arsenal fire their new head scout as a condition of hiring him.” 

That is not a move that’s likely to go down well with the fans who have taken a quick shine to the head scout, who moved quickly and decisively upon arriving at Arsenal and landed a young Greek centreback, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and was reportedly key to convincing Arsene Wenger to go after Henrikh Mkhitaryan as part of the Alexis Sanchez deal.

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