Thomas Tuchel ‘agrees to replace Arsene Wenger at Arsenal’
Former Borussia Dortmund manager Thomas Tuchel will replace Arsene Wenger as Arsenal manager this summer, according to reports in Germany.
Tuchel led Dortmund to the German Cup in 2017, but was dismissed three days later amid tensions with chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke.
There were doubts about the story in some quarters, however German legend Lothar Matthaus said that he was aware of talks between the club and Tuchel, after playing a match between former Liverpool and Bayern players on Saturday, saying:
"I think Thomas Tuchel can be the favourite, [the] ex-coach from Borussia Dortmund, but I know he's in touch with Arsenal and nobody knows what happens behind the doors."
WHAT ABOUT MISLINTAT?
While a deal seems sensible from a tactical standpoint – Tuchel’s high pressing and sharp, quick passing should be well-received by Gunners fans – it would stir up talk of a rift between the German and Sven Mislintat, his chief scout at Dortmund now at Arsenal.
The pair clashed over a move for Spanish midfielder Oliver Torres, with Tuchel rejecting his advisor’s plea to pursue the transfer as their relationship deteriorated.
Tuchel also imposed a training ground ban on Mislintat, who he said was meddling unnecessarily with his players’ day-to-day affairs.
However, Kicker say Mislintat has informed the Arsenal hierarchy that he will "always submit to club interests and do his work loyally".
VIEW FROM GERMANY
Johannes Mittermeier (Eurosport Germany): When Kicker claim Tuchel is about to join Arsenal, it’s very offensive wording given the conservative attitude they usually have. So I think we’re allowed to look forward to Tuchel coaching Arsenal. Yesterday there were reports – also reliable – that Tuchel wouldn’t take over at Bayern Munich because he’ll go abroad. That’s exactly what it looks like is going to happen…