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Gunners squash rumours


LONDON. — Arsenal have slammed rumours from Germany that they have made an approach for Borussia Dortmund head coach Thomas Tuchel as “not true”. German newspaper Bild had reported on Sunday that Arsenal had made an approach to bring in Thomas Tuchel as Arsene Wenger’s replacement in the summer. The report claimed that Arsenal “have made an offer” to make Tuchel the new Arsenal manager.

But a spokesman has told Sky Sports News that the report, which appeared in Bild newspaper, is “not true”.

Wenger’s future has been subject of intense speculation for months, with the Frenchman’s contract set to expire at the end of the season.

Arsenal have reiterated that a decision on Wenger’s future will be a “mutual decision, which will be communicated at the right time in the right way”.

After Arsenal’s 3-1 defeat to West Brom on Saturday — a result which leaves the Gunners sixth in the Premier League — Wenger said he has made a decision on whether or not he would be staying at the club and would announce it “very soon”.

West Brom boss Tony Pulis says Wenger has told him he wants to stay at Arsenal next season.

The Frenchman, whose contract expires in the summer, is under increasing pressure after Pulis’ side beat Arsenal 3-1 on Saturday — a result which leaves the Gunners in sixth place after their fourth defeat in five Premier League games.

After that result at the Hawthorns, Wenger revealed he has made a decision on his future following months of speculation and said he will announce it “very soon” but Pulis has claimed that the 67-year-old has decided that he wants to stay at the Emirates.

According to the Sun, when asked if he thought Wenger would stay at Arsenal, Pulis said: “I’ll be surprised if he goes”.

He was then asked to expand on that and why he thought that would be the case and said: “Because he told me.”

Arsenal have yet to comment on Pulis’ remarks and have not denied reports that Wenger has decided to remain at the club into next season.

During the 3-1 defeat at the Hawthorns, two aeroplanes flew overhead displaying different banners on Wenger’s future, with one calling on Arsenal fans to respect and back the manager, with another one reading: “No Contract #WengerOut”.

Some supporters also displayed banners in the stadium calling for him to go but Wenger said he would not judge those fans.

“Everybody in life is responsible for his own behaviour. I’m responsible for my own behaviour. I don’t judge other people. I give my best,” he said.

“As long as I’m at the club, whether for two more years, 10 years or four months, that will not be different. As for all the rest, everybody has to look at themselves.” — The Daily Express.

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