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Report: Thomas Tuchel to replace Arsene Wenger as Arsenal’s manager in the summer

Well, now. Ain’t that a Kicker.

Borussia Dortmund Pre-game Training & Press Conference Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images

Over two decades of Arsene Wenger may finally be coming to an end. Reports out of Europe are suggesting that the club is at least talking and at most have agreed to terms to hand over the managerial role to former Broussia Dortmund manager Thomas Tuchel.

With Arsenal still neck deep in a Europa Cup run, one wouldn’t expect any confirmation or denial of this news, but there is a whole lot of smoke around Tuchel and a whole lot to look forward to. Still relatively young in his career, the 44-year-old German has spent seven managing in Germany: five with Mainz 05, leading the team into top flight football, where they have stayed; two with Dortmund, where he took the 7th place team back to the Champions League and claimed a DFB-Pokal. (Hm... sounds familiar.)

He is largely thought to be one of the best young managers out there and has been thoroughly scouted by Bayern Munich, PSG and Chelsesa to take control. That Arsenal have beaten them to the punch would be a major win for a team in desperate need of a new direction. Although, since this news, Bild has suggested that PSG are still in the hunt.

There is, however, also some old history. Not only would strengthen the German movement at Arsenal, but it would reunite Tuchel with players he’s managed (and sold) in Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, but also with Arsenal’s new Head of Recruitment, Sven Mislintat. During their time together at Dortmund, the two reportedly clashed heads over transfers, evidently souring the relationship. Whether or not this is still an issue for the two to work together remains to be seen but some have suggested it would remain a dealbreaker.

Either way, any truth to this news suggests Arsenal is looking to replace Wenger and move on to a new era in North London. Hopefully, they won’t wait too long to let us say farewell properly.