In Monday’s edition of kicker, trusted Dortmund journalist Thomas Hennecke claimed that Arsenal are considering a move to hire the German coach in the summer.

Hennecke says that Klopp is a “hot topic” in England, and “according to reliable information at kicker” Arsenal are seriously considering approaching him to take over this summer.

For Dortmund news in particular the German magazine has a very good reputation, it’s trustworthy.


The timing would come as a huge shock. Arsène Wenger has led us back to Wembley as we seek to defend the FA Cup, as well as our best run in the league since the unbeaten season.

Most other sources and you could brush this off, but Hennecke is very reliable when it comes to Dortmund, which is why I am slightly taken aback by the report.

Last week it was announced that Klopp would be leaving Dortmund at the end of the season after seven years at the helm. The club has struggled with injuries this season after losing key players, and he no longer feels he is the right man for the job.

Between 2011 and 2013, Klopp led Dortmund to a brief period of great success, toppling Bayern Munich. The club won back-to-back league titles (one accompanied by a cup to form a historic double) and reached a Champions League Final.

Last year Wenger signed a new deal until 2017, and has not failed to see out a contract yet.

He could, however, step aside if he believes the right successor is available. Wenger is clearly nearing the end of his Arsenal tenure and it wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see him leave his role slightly earlier than planned if it was the only opportunity to appoint his desired replacement.

It remains to be seen whether or not Klopp will take a year off, but it does seem that he would prefer a traditional powerhouse; Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester United to a job at those of ‘new money’; Manchester City, Chelsea.

The Premier League seems certain to be Klopp’s next step and these latest rumours could hint at Arsène Wenger stepping aside slightly earlier than expected.

Certainly something to keep an eye on.

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