Wenger Out? Premier League ace is a shock candidate to replace the French coach

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman is reportedly top of Arsenal’s shortlist of replacements for head-coach Arsene Wenger when he leaves the club.

That’s according to Mark Irwin of the Sun, who stated the job done by the Dutchman with Saints has impressed the decision-makers at the Emirates Stadium, and pushed him to the top of the list of targets. “He is regarded within the Arsenal boardroom as the eventual replacement for football’s longest-serving manager,” added Irwin.

The France tactician has one year remaining on his contract at the club, having been in charge since 1996. A lot of Arsenal fans would be happy to see the Frenchman depart earlier, though. 

While the project Koeman is putting in place with the Saints is impressive, the chance to manage a team such as Arsenal would be a tempting one for Dutch tactician. And should he have another season in the Premier League on the south coast, then perhaps the time would be right to take on a new challenge.

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The 53-year-old former Barcelona man saw a number of top Southampton stars sold during his first summer at the club, but shrewdly rebuilt the side, with the Saints currently two points off an Europa League position.