Sport Report: Arsenal not close to hiring Wenger's successor; Arteta being considered

18:35  12 may  2018
18:35  12 may  2018 Source:   thescore.com

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Arsenal football club have slashed the list of candidates vying to become Arsene Wenger ' s successor next season. Former captain Patrick Vieira and ex-midfielder Mikel Arteta were among the coaches that made the cut.

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Massimiliano Allegri wearing a suit and tie© Provided by theScore

Arsenal may turn to a familiar face in its first search for a manager in 22 years, but the north London side is reportedly taking a methodical approach to finding Arsene Wenger's successor.

Ahead of Wenger's final game on Sunday, David Ornstein of BBC Sport reports that the club is "not close" to appointing a new manager, even though the team's reported deadline of hiring a new coach is approaching.

It's understood club officials have yet to reach an agreement on a candidate and that an announcement is not expected to be made next week.

A number of candidates have been mentioned recently, with Ornstein reporting that former Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta is being considered for the job following his year alongside Pep Guardiola as a Manchester City assistant.

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Massimiliano Allegri and Mikel Arteta are the leading contenders to become the next Arsenal manager, according to Goal. Wenger is not involved in the recruitment process for his replacement and the last time he publicly revealed who he wants as his successor was in 2011, when he said that Dragan

Mikel Arteta is one of the people fans are interested in seeing replace Arsene In this piece, we asked Arsenal fans who they envisage as being Wenger ' s long-term successor . James McNicholas is Bleacher Report 's lead Arsenal correspondent and follows the club from a London base.

Arteta is among a condensed shortlist of candidates Jeremy Wilson of The Telegraph said is comprised of NYCFC manager and former captain of the Gunners Patrick Vieira and Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri.

AS Monaco's Leonardo Jardim is another name being discussed.

Arsenal's search will reportedly pick up steam once most of Europe's top leagues conclude later this month, allowing candidates who are still under contract with other clubs to finish their season.

Wenger will occupy the Arsenal touchline one last time when the Gunners travel south Sunday to take on Brighton & Hove Albion at the Falmer Stadium.

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Wenger: Arteta has qualities for Arsenal job .
The departing Gunners boss feels his former captain has the leadership skills needed to take charge of the club and lift them to another levelWenger is leaving Arsenal after 22 years at the club, with former Gunners captain Arteta revealed by Goal to be the front-runner for the post.

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