Monday 22 January 2018

Arsenal rule out move for Jurgen Klopp as he is expected to announce Dortmund departure

Jurgen Klopp and Arsene Wenger shake hands
Jurgen Klopp and Arsene Wenger shake hands

Jeremy Wilson

Arsenal remain certain that Arsene Wenger will lead them forward for at least the remaining two years of his contract, despite news of Jurgen Klopp’s expected departure from Borussia Dortmund.

With Arsenal currently second in the Premier League and Wenger aiming to set a modern-day record this season of six FA Cup wins, there is considerable optimism at the Emirates Stadium about the future.

Klopp has been seen by some as a potential successor to Wenger but the timing of his reported departure from Dortmund means that there is no prospect of Arsenal now making any move for his services.

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Arsenal have given thought to how they would deal with the succession to Wenger but that is only in their long-term planning and they believe that their manager is as committed, focused and driven as ever.

They also believe that the team has progressed considerably over the past two years and are ready to back him this summer with a transfer budget of around £50 million.

A holding midfielder, defender and possibly a goalkeeper will be the focus for Arsenal’s scouting department but Wenger has been a long-time admirer of Dortmund forward Marco Reus and the departure of Klopp would also make his future less clear.

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