Arsenal approach elite manager to replace Arsene Wenger… even though he wants to STAY

Arsene Wenger is expected to tell Arsenal he wants to stay at the club beyond the end of the season, according to The Telegraph.

The Frenchman’s contract expires at the end of the current campaign and he was widely expected to walk away from the club after 21-years of service.

But, in a new twist in the tale, fresh reports claim Wenger is still convinced he can lead the Gunners despite embarking on their worst period of results in his entire tenure.

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The Gunners have lost four out of their last five Premier League games, sit 19 points off leaders Chelsea and were humiliated in Europe by Bayern Munich again.

The Arsenal board remain reluctant to sack Wenger but, according to German newspaper Bild, have approached Borussia Dortmund manager Thomas Tuchel as a contingency plan should the Frenchman choose to leave.

Tuchel fits the bill in many ways, developing an expansive and exciting brand of football at Dortmund since succeeding Jurgen Klopp in 2015.

LEVERKUSEN, GERMANY - OCTOBER 01:  Borussia Dortmund Head Coach / Manager, Thomas Tuchel looks on during the Bundesliga match between Bayer 04 Leverkusen and Borussia Dortmund at BayArena on October 1, 2016 in Leverkusen, Germany.  (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Bongarts/Getty Images)

A number of other managers are also being linked with the job should Wenger not too choose to extend his deal, with Monaco’s Leonardo Jardim and Juventus’ Max Allegri both contenders.

But these developing rumours will likely now anger Arsenal fans further, with vast swathes of them voicing their disapproval at the manager in recent weeks.

A mass ‘Wenger Out’ protest was held prior to their Champions League second leg mauling to Bayern, while a banner flew over their defeat at West Brom at the weekend saying ‘No Contract #WengerOut.’