Although nothing is confirmed, it has been widely reported that Arsenal’s hierarchy are considering their options since the cup final defeat. The papers have suggested that if Wenger fails to qualify the club for the Champions League, that could spell the end for the manager.

In preparation for the 68-year-old’s possible departure, Arsenal have drawn up a shortlist of potential replacements.

There were seven on it, now there seems to be nine…

1Thomas Tuchel

DORTMUND, GERMANY – MAY 28: Trainer Thomas Tuchel of Borussia Dortmund lifts the DFB Cup trophy as the team celebrates during a winner’s parade at Borsigplatz on May 28, 2017 in Dortmund, Germany. (Photo by Pool – Getty Images)

Tuchel has been out of a job since he left Borussia Dortmund last May and the 44-year-old has been linked with a host of jobs.

He hit the headlines in connection with Arsenal this week 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.

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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