Published: Tue, May 15, 2018
Sports | By Brooke Harris

Paul Merson suggests Everton for Arsene Wenger

Paul Merson suggests Everton for Arsene Wenger

According to Steve Stammers and Sami Mokbel in the Daily Mail, the biggest casualty is head of medical services Colin Lewin, who has lost his job after 23 years with the club, while first-team coach Neil Banfield, goalkeeping specialist Gerry Peyton, fitness coach Tony Colbert and equipment manager Paul Johnson are also leaving.

A professional performance from Atletico Madrid over both legs of the semi-finals denied Wenger his fairytale ending at his beloved club, dismantling the suavely astute performances Arsenal had stitched together in Europe this season - a painful reiteration of not only their poor luck, but also the fact that the Gunners are not simply good enough when it comes to challenging for trophies at the highest level.

A spokesperson for Betway said: "After heightened betting activity on Tuesday morning, running in line with reports that a deal is close, we've been forced to suspend betting on Mikel Arteta taking over as the Arsenal manager".

A hunt for his successor at the North London club has been going on since the past two weeks.

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In an interview with Arsenal's website, Wenger said he did not think he would take another job in England.

"I want the best for my friends, and he's a friend of mine, and I want the best".

Allegri, who secured a fourth successive Serie A and Coppa Italia double over the weekend, appears the least likely to take the reins after both he and Juve said they want him to remain in charge of the Italian giants heading into next season.

"Julian Nagelsmann will be our coach next season 100 per cent", Hoffenheim's director of football Alexander Rosen told Sky Germany.

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It also remains unclear what Wenger's next move will be.

He revealed last week he has some work to do in France early this week before returning to Arsenal's London Colney training centre to clear his desk.

The 68-year-old saw out his Arsenal career against Huddersfield with a 1-0 win, ending his reign after 1235 games and being celebrated as Arsenal's greatest ever manager.

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