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Klopp could still be the man for Arsenal

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Jurgen Klopp may have signed a contract extension with Borussia Dortmund yesterday, but with Arsene Wenger expected to stay at Arsenal for a few more years yet, his exit could come at the right time for Klopp to take over at the Emirates.

Klopp's contract extension keeps him at the Champions League finalists until 2018 but Wenger has previously made it clear he is not looking to leave just yet as he looks to build one more great team.

Wenger is in his 17th season as Arsenal manager and Manchester United have shown how difficult it is to replace someone who has been in charge for so long.

But there are many similarities between Wenger and Klopp. The German, like Wenger, has been forced to sell his best players at times and re-build. This summer's sale of Mario Gotze to Bayern Munich is a prime example. Wenger has also lost the likes of Cesc Fabregas and Robin van Persie in recent seasons.

Both managers can be credited with discovering unknown players and turning them into world-class superstars. Robert Lewandowski, Ilkay Gundogan and Shinji Kagawa are all examples of Klopp's purchases while Wenger developed players such as the great Thierry Henry.

Another philosophy the German and Frenchman share is their belief in the way the game should be played. They bring with them an attack-minded approach which is attractive to watch. It is a legacy Wenger has maintained and will be keen to make sure continues when he finally says goodbye.

Klopp certainly has the character and personality for the job along with the tactical ability to fill the large shoes. He would not be overwhelmed by the pressure of the Premier League nor the competitiveness it brings.

Borussia Dortmund have achieved great success under Klopp's management with consecutive Bundesliga titlea in the 2010/11 and 2011/12 seasons. But his leadership of the team to the Champions League final last season was as sensational as it was unexpected.

Klopp watched from the stands as his side beat Wenger's men 2-1 in the Champions League last week and he will have another audition when Arsenal head to Dortmund for the return fixture next Wednesday.

Despite the recent trophy drought, Wenger is reportedly in talks about singing a new deal with his current one expiring at the end of the season. With a new generation of British players emerging combined with the signing of Mesut Ozil, Wenger looks set to snub offers from the likes of PSG.

Klopp is 18 years younger than Wenger and could be the man to take Arsenal forward once Wenger's era ends. Which, usefully, is likely to be around the same time as Klopp's new contract expires.

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