Arsene Wenger to quit Arsenal at end of season

Arsene Wenger has announced he will leave Arsenal at the end of the current season, ending a 21-year association with the Premier League giants.

Attention has quickly turned to who will replace the Frenchman at the Emirates and bookmakers are split - some prefer the chances of Thomas Tuchel and others Carlo Ancelotti.

Tuchel, who has been strongly linked with the Paris St-Germain post, is as big as 7-1 with Paddy Power but Hills and Coral chopped the former Borussia Dortmund boss to 5-2 from 3-1. It was also reported that Tuchel fell out with Arsenal's new head of recruitment Sven Mislintat during their time together at Dortmund.

Ancelotti, out of work since being fired by Bayern Munich, heads Power's market at 5-1 but Coral are prepared to lay 8-1 about the experienced Italian heading to north London.

Former Gunners captain Patrick Vieira is an intriguing contender, ranging from as low as 6-1 to 16-1 with Hills to leave New York City and replace Wenger, while Power have slashed Monaco's Leonardo Jardim to 15-2 from 40-1 following the shock news.

Others being quoted prominent in the market to replace Wenger are Germany national team boss Joachim Low (8-1), Juventus's Max Allegri (9-1) and Luis Enrique (12-1).

Wenger, 68, won three Premier League titles, including the Invincibles of 2004 and seven FA Cups, told Arsenal's official website: "After careful consideration and following discussions with the club, I feel it is the right time for me to step down at the end of the season.

"I am grateful for having had the privilege to serve the club for so many memorable years. I managed the club with full commitment and integrity.

"I want to thank the staff, the players, the Directors and the fans who make this club so special.

"I urge our fans to stand behind the team to finish on a high. To all the Arsenal lovers take care of the values of the club. My love and support for ever."

Match in Focus

19:45 Sa 26May

Real Madrid v Liverpool

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  • Real have won just one of their last four Champions League meetings against English opposition
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Real Madrid have lifted the Champions League in three of the past four seasons but they could struggle to retain their crown against a lively Liverpool. Real have been the dominant force in Europe, with last year’s 4-1 thumping of Juventus in the final in Cardiff showcasing their superiority. However, Zinedine Zidane’s men have not bumped into a front three like the Reds’ often - Mo Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane have netted 29 of their 40 Champions League goals this season - and they are vulnerable to the counter-attack.

 

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