Borussia Dortmund Reportedly Considering Arsene Wenger for Managerial Role

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistApril 23, 2018

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Borussia Dortmund are reportedly considering an approach to appoint Arsene Wenger as their next manager as he prepares to end his 22-year tenure at Arsenal, but there are also offers expected from China and Japan. 

Wenger confirmed on Friday he will leave the Emirates Stadium at the end of this season, and Telefoot (h/t Mirror) reported BVB have him in their sights.

The Black and Yellows could part ways with Peter Stoger, who failed to mount a title challenge this season after replacing Peter Bosz midway through the campaign. Bayern Munich were confirmed as Bundesliga champions several weeks ago, with Dortmund third, 24 points below them with three games left.

Fox Sports reporter Keith Costigan fancied a marriage between Wenger and another club that share his sense of tradition in promoting youth:

Stoger came to the club's helm in December as a replacement for Bosz, with the former Ajax coach's six-month reign at the Westfalenstadion ending after a nine-game winless streak.

Wenger joined Arsenal in 1996 after an 18-month spell at Japanese club Nagoya Grampus Eight, and it's suggested he could receive offers to return to the J-League or make a move to the Chinese Super League.

At 68 years of age, it's doubtful whether he would be seeking another long-term project.

Wenger is the most successful manager in Arsenal's history and has won 10 major trophies at the club—three Premier League crowns and seven FA Cups—but some fans are nevertheless glad to see him leave, via Goal's Chris Wheatley:

Dortmund have struggled to recover from Jurgen Klopp's 2015 departure and are chasing a manager who might bring some consistency back to the club. His immediate successor, Thomas Tuchel, won the DFB-Pokal in 2017, but Bosz and Stoger have failed to haul in any silverware since.

Commentator Kevin Hatchard illustrated the gulf in quality separating Dortmund from their German rivals at the Allianz Arena:

Wenger will leave Arsenal as a club legend, but there has been no indication yet as to what lies in store for him next, whether it's to remain in the Premier League or take his talents to foreign shores.

A move to Dortmund could make for a smooth transition from Arsenal based on some shared values, although the thought of a less pressurised environment may appeal to Wenger after 22 years in north London.

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