Wenger responds to rumours of his impending exit

Arsene Wenger says he isn’t worried about the rumours suggesting his position will be reviewed in the summer, which could call time on his 21 years as Arsenal manager.

The Gunners hierarchy are reportedly lining up one of Thierry Henry, Leonardo Jardim, Paul Fonseca, Joachim Low, Carlo Ancelotti, Brendan Rodgers and Mikel Arteta to replace Wenger in his post, but the Frenchman says this is his “last worry” right now.

Arsenal’s season is starting to unravel, with the Londoners currently sixth in the Premier League table, 10 points adrift of fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur. They’ve lost three of their last five games in the league and recently lost in the Carabao Cup final.

With the Gunners having suffered defeat to Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup, only the Europa League can save their season. Arsenal have a tricky last-16 tie too, with AC Milan standing in their way of a quarter-final spot, and it seems Wenger’s time at the club is finally coming to an end.

So many backroom changes have been made in the last 12 months, with Sven Mislintat joining from Borussia Dortmund as the new Head of Recruitment, Raul Sanllehi becoming the new Head of Football Relations and Huss Fahmy being installed as contract negotiator.

It seems clear the Gunners are planning for Wenger’s exit, and Arsenal’s struggles this season could see him departing his role 12 months before his contract is due to expire.

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Crippy can be found on Twitter (@CrippyCooke). He is a sports journalist who has written for the Independent, Bleacher Report, Huffington Post, Daily Mail and Daily Telegraph among others. Crippy treats football gossip with a dash of cynicism and loves tearing apart outlandish rumours.

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