Raphael Honigstein: Why ‘Arsenal can’t offer Thomas Tuchel a job’

Respected German journalist Raphael Honigstein has this evening provided an update on the rumours linking former Borussia Dortmund manager with Premier League outfit Arsenal.

Struggles

As has been widely covered in the media, despite having persistently failed to live up to expectations in North London for the bones of a decade now, Gunners’ boss Arsene Wenger has somehow managed to hold onto his job to this point.

However, this season, more so than ever before, a combination of disappointing results and fan protests have seen reports intensify throughout Europe that the current campaign will be Wenger’s last in charge at Arsenal, with the Europa League the only remaining objective in an utterly dismal year for the Gunners.

In fact, the former Monaco boss recently dropped to just 1/5 with the English bookies to not be in charge of the capital outfit on the opening day of next season.

Arsenal Wenger

LONDON, ENGLAND – MARCH 01: Arsene Wenger of Arsenal reacts during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Manchester City at Emirates Stadium on March 1, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Replacement incoming?

As such, the mounting speculation surrounding Wenger’s future has led to inevitable questions regarding who could replace the 68-year-old at the Emirates, with the likes of Carlo Ancelotti, Thierry Henry, Diego Simeone and Thomas Tuchel all linked.

In a huge update last month, the latter of these names was named as having taken a clear lead in the race to take over from Wenger in North London, after German outlet Kicker, who are generally regarded as being reliable, ran the story that a deal for former Borussia Dortmund boss Tuchel to move to the Emirates at the end of the season had already been agreed.

This led to a media frenzy in both England and Germany, with numerous outlets insistent that Wenger’s successor had finally been found.

‘A job that’s not available’

However, over the week since, growing reports have suggested that Tuchel is in fact closer to taking over at French giants PSG, with Arsenal’s London rivals Chelsea having also been heavily touted as a potential destination.

And, as per an update courtesy of widely-respected German journalist Rapahel Honigstein this evening, the drop-off in links between Tuchel and Arsenal over the last week are due to one clear reason:

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