Arsenal prepare for life after Wenger with Martinez (Everton), Klopp (BVB) & Steve Bould all options [Telegraph]

Rumours that Arsene Wenger will not continue as Arsenal manager beyond this season as fuelled by the Telegraph’s deputy football correspondent Jeremy Wilson on Tuesday in an article titled “Arsenal begin process of identifying eventual successor to Arsene Wenger”.

Wenger’s current deal at Arsenal expires at the end of the season, and the French manager has yet to agree new terms with the Gunners.

With reports circling that Arsenal have called a media blackout following their 6-0 defeat at Chelsea last weekend, many are suggesting that Wenger is set to walk out of the Emirates at the close of the campaign.

With that as the background, the Telegraph now claim the following:

Arsene Wenger has agreed in principle to extend his Arsenal contract beyond the end of this season but the club have also now begun making contingency plans for when their longest-serving manager leaves.

Wenger accepts that his future at Arsenal is now “short term” and the club have already been giving thought to life after the 64-year-old, whenever that might be.

Everton manager Roberto Martinez and Borussia Dortmund’s Jürgen Klopp would be the leading candidates, although Brendan Rodgers’ progress at Liverpool is much admired and Steve Bould would be regarded as a genuine internal option.

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