Arsenal line up swoop for Pep Guardiola to replace Wenger

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Arsenal are discussing whether they can lure Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola to the Emirates Stadium.

According to the Daily Star, discussions have taken place at the Arsenal board level with regards to replacing Arsene Wenger. But the Gunners want to ensure they have an equally high profile candidate to replace him, with Guardiola their number one option.

It's certainly an ambitious choice as the former-Barcelona man is widely regarded to be one of the top three coaches in the world. He currently leads Bayern Munich, one of the favourites for the Champions League and odds-on to retain the Bundesliga, but the Spaniard has spoken in the past of his desire to lead a club in the Premier League.

Premier League ambition

Before joining the German giants in 2013, Guardiola said he would love to 'have the challenge of coaching or managing there [England]" at some point in the future.

Arsenal chiefs are becoming disappointed with Wenger's continued failure to get the Gunners challenging Chelsea and Manchester City for a Premier League title.

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His triumph in the FA Cup ended the trophy drought, but the Premier League and the Champions League are the two big prizes and Arsenal have been well off the pace in both competitions.

If they can't get Guardiola, Arsenal bosses will turn their attentions to Everton manager Roberto Martinez. They may face competition for Guardiola with Manuel Pellegrini under pressure at Manchester City and the Manchester club hopeful of appointing the Spaniard too.

Complete autonomy 

But at the Emirates Stadium, Guardiola would be afforded complete control over the club - much like Arsene Wenger currently enjoys - over playing staff, transfers and training.

Perhaps surprisingly, a poll cited by the Daily Star suggests that as many as 68 per cent of Arsenal fans want Wenger removed.

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