Arsenal chief executive, Ivan Gazidis, has hinted that Arsene Wenger may not sign a new contract come the end of the season.
Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe has been linked to the job in the past while some upper powers at the Emirates think former player Patrick Viera is the man to lead the club.
Wenger’s current deal expiresg at the end of the 2016/17 campaign and his managerial future remains uncertain but there is concrete interest from the English FA with a view to appointing him as England manager.
Wenger faced fierce criticism from Arsenal supporters last season, with the ‘Time for Change’ group calling for the 66-year-old Frenchman to leave the club after 20 years of service.
Wenger, just last week celebrated his 20th year with the club with a 3 – 0 win over Chelsea in the Premier League.
Though the Frenchman insisted he would still want to remain as the Gunners manager, he suggested that the England job does interest him and that he could see himself in the role at some point in the future.
With the FA currently weighing up whether to appoint Gareth Southgate as the permanent replacement for Sam Allardyce, Gazidis has added fuel to the flames by stressing that Arsenal and Wenger are not bound to each other despite their long association.
“Arsenal is not Arsene Wenger. They’re not one in the same thing,” Gazidis said on Thursday. “He’s been clear and we’ve always been clear, that’s a mutual decision as to how long he’ll continue.
“Both need to be on the same page on that. In a football sense, he has transformed the club.”
Arsenal have had a strong start to the season, having gone unbeaten since the opening weekend (defeat to Liverpool) with seven wins and two draws in all competitions.