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Report: Arsene Wenger Will Be Replaced by Thomas Tuchel at Arsenal Next Season

Gianni Verschueren@ReverschPassFeatured ColumnistMarch 25, 2018

Dortmund's head coach Thomas Tuchel arrives for the German Soccer Cup semifinal match between FC Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund at the Allianz Arena stadium in Munich, Germany, Wednesday, April 26, 2017. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
Matthias Schrader/Associated Press

German magazine Kicker are confident former Borussia Dortmund manager Thomas Tuchel will replace Arsene Wenger as Arsenal manager next season, despite his past issues with Sven Mislintat.

Per the magazine (h/t Sport Witness), Mislintat, who is Arsenal's head of recruitment, has told the Gunners he will do what's best for the club, leaving the Emirates Stadium hierarchy open to negotiate with Tuchel.

Not all German reporters backed that report, however, including RND-Newsroom's Heiko Ostendorp (via football writer Lars Pollmann).

Christian Falk of German tabloid Sport Bild got the ball rolling on Saturday, reporting Tuchel had declined Bayern Munich's offer to become their new manager in favour of a foreign adventure. Plenty of German outlets backed the report and mentioned Arsenal as suitors but also noted such a move could prove tricky.

The Gunners hired Mislintat as their head of recruitment earlier this season, and when he arrived in London, he explained he had left Dortmund because of Tuchel and the poor relationship between the two, per Sport Bild (h/t Football.London's Kevin Beirne). 

As reported by ESPN FC's Mark Lovell, Tuchel fell out with several members of the club board and captain Mats Hummels, and the end of his tenure at Signal Iduna Park was welcomed by BVB. There's no doubting the 44-year-old's talent as a coach, though, and it's easy to see why both Bayern and Arsenal would be interested.

Reuniting Tuchel and Mislintat could prove a risk, but plenty of time has passed since the two had their issues in Germany. If the latter has agreed to do what's best for the Gunners and work with the coach, it's a risk worth taking.

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