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Arsenal have started shortlisting potential Arsene Wenger replacements

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Arsene Wenger has led his Arsenal side to a promising position at this stage of the campaign.

The Gunners are sitting three points behind Premier League leaders Chelsea in fourth, while they have already guaranteed progression to the knockout stages of the Champions League.

Wenger and his men have tasted defeat just once in all competitions this season – a chaotic 3-4 loss to Liverpool at the Emirates on the opening day of the season.

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While Arsenal have dropped points in three of their last five outings, most supporters would likely be content with where the team is at for the time being.

However, their impressive start to the season does not change the possibility Wenger could leave the club in the near future.

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The Frenchman is under contract with the north London outfit until the end of the season – but negotiations to extend his deal are yet to commence despite it being the preferred option of the latter.

Wary of the uncertainty, Arsenal have started to compile a shortlist of potential replacements should the 67-year-old move on, according to The Sun.

RB Leipzig manager Ralph Hasenhuttl is one of the more surprising names under consideration having guided his side to the top of the Bundesliga.

The 49-year-old has masterminded a stunning 12-game unbeaten run this season after leading the east German outfit to promotion for the second division only last May.

With nine wins and three draws in the league under his belt, it is no surprise the Austria-born Hasenhuttl has caught the eye of Arsenal chiefs.

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The club is thought to have been monitoring him for more than two years following his remarkable feat of taking another German minnow – Ingolstadt – to the top-flight after they bottom of the second division in 2013.

The Gunners are in luck if they are looking for a similar replacement, given that Hasenhuttl has been likened to Wenger in terms of his managerial style and cautious approach in the transfer market.

Of course, the RB Leipzig boss is not alone on the shortlist. Bournemouth’s Eddie Howe, Atletico Madrid’ Diego Simeone and Patrick Vieira are all understood to be under consideration for the role.

Considering the lack of top-class managers available at the moment, it will be very interesting to see how Arsenal go about finding a successor to their long-time leader.

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