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Arsenal are 'seriously considering' Eddie Howe as Arsene Wenger's replacement

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Twenty-sixteen marks 20 years since Arsene Wenger took over as Arsenal manager and, for the first time in his career, he seems unsure of whether to extend his stay.

The Frenchman's contract in north London expires next summer but has given no assurances over his future despite a new deal being in the offing.

Indeed, if Wenger was so desperate to stay on as Arsenal boss and felt it was the right move, he would have already put pen to paper.

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Serious discussions are now taking place at the Emirates Stadium with regard to who could possibly replace a manager who has revolutionised Arsenal - and English football for that matter.

Well, according to The Sun (see below), they might just have found the perfect candidate.

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Reports emerged last week that the Arsenal hierarchy had earmarked Eddie Howe and Thomas Tuchel as potential successors but, five days on, it would seem those in power have made the Bournemouth manager their top target.

Howe's perfectionist approach to management is strikingly similar to Wenger's; both are industrious and strive for beautiful football.

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And it's clearly worked for the 38-year-old so far given how he kept Bournemouth afloat in their debut Premier League season, winning a number of admirers in the process for their positive attacking style.

The same can't be said of their opening three league games this time around - they've lost two and drawn one - but the Cherries' class will eventually shine through.

Arsenal fans will have their doubts about the prospect of a relatively inexperienced manager taking over but, according to Howe, he looks up to Wenger as a managerial role model and wants to replicate his success.

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He said earlier this year, per Sky Sports: "I think that is the dream to have longevity in management. I am full of respect for Arsene.

"The fact that he has been able to stay at such a big club under that scrutiny, to withstand that pressure, to keep producing teams and playing good football, it is incredibly difficult.

"That is the challenge for every manager but it seems like it is becoming more difficult as time goes on.

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"I think management is getting harder and harder with the microscope really set on people week in, week out, especially at the bigger clubs.

"I think you can learn a lot just analysing what he has done and how he has done it and there are certain principals - he is very strong to his beliefs and how he believes football should be played."

Howe is strong favourite to become Arsenal's next permanent manager at 8/1, but whispers of Germany's Joachim Low taking over continue to circulate.

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