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Arsenal reportedly making preparations for key departure

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Arsenal have already drawn up a list of replacements for Arsene Wenger, according to the Sun.

The Gunners’ 5-1 defeat to Bayern Munich in the first leg of the Champions League Last 16 tie has prompted further speculation about the Frenchman’s departure at the end of the season.

Wenger’s contract expires in the summer but Chief Executive Ivan Gazidis has already offered him a two year contract extension earlier this season; a proposal that won’t be withdrawn despite the latest developments.

The decision is very much in the Gunners boss’s hands but if he does decide to leave, the Sun say a four man shortlist is being prepared with widely circulated names such as Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri and Borussia Dortmund manager Thomas Tuchel believed to be the top contenders.

For their part, Allegri’s club Juve and Tuchel’s club Dortmund have denied that their manager’s will be allowed to leave. Juventus chief Beppe Marotta says they expect Allegri to see out his contract with the Serie A league leaders. Allegri’s contract expires in 2018. Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke has also hit out at the “completely fictional” stories linking Tuchel with the position at Arsenal.

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