Wenger out as top Euro manager agree to take up Arsenal job

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Monaco gaffer Leonardo Jardim wants to take charge of Arsenal if Arsene Wenger leaves at the end of the season.

The 43-year-old fancies a new challenge and believes the rebuilding job on offer at the Emirates Stadium is an exciting opportunity, according to The Independent.

Jardim was a target for Arsenal chiefs last season when speculation raged over Wenger’s future.

But he ended up staying with Monaco after Wenger put pen to paper on a new two-year deal.

However, Arsenal’s poor form this term and 3-0 Carabao Cup final defeat to Manchester City has once again raised question marks about the Frenchman’s future.

Jardim continues to be admired by Arsenal for the way he has turned Monaco’s fortunes around.

The Venezuela-born Portuguese leg the principality club to Ligue 1 glory and the Champions League semi-finals last term.

However, the Independent claim Monaco’s new technical director Michael Emenalo will attempt to persuade him to stick with the club.

Speaking last May, former Arsenal defender Mikael Silvestre backed Jardim to succeed Wenger.

“You should look at someone who practices attacking football, like a Leonardo Jardim at Monaco,” he said.

“I would not fancy Diego Simeone to come and play a tight two lines in front of the goalkeeper.”

“The Arsenal way of playing is attacking football, so you want to keep that.”

Jardim is reportedly on a four-man shortlist to replace Wenger if he does depart at the end of the season.

Germany national team boss Joachim Low, Celtic’s Brendan Rodgers and Manchester City coach Mikel Arteta join Jardim on the list.


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