Roberto Martinez to succeed Wenger as Arsenal manager?

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Roberto Martinez - the man who replaced Manchester United manager David Moyes at Everton - has been tipped to succeed Arsene Wenger as Arsenal manager.

The London Metro reports how the north London club's former chairman Peter Hill-Wood hinted in an interview that the current Toffees boss is the man the Gunners board want at the Emirates Stadium.

Martinez has received widespread praise for the job he has done at Goodison Park this season, after Moyes left for Manchester United to take over from Sir Alex Ferguson, following his retirement at Old Trafford.

He's enhanced his reputation further by instilling an exciting brand of attacking football, that has the Merseyside club placed prominently in sixth place in the Premier League table, one place - and three points - above Moyes's Manchester United.

Arsenal, meanwhile, currently find themselves in third spot, six points behind leaders Chelsea, who they play this weekend in what will be Wenger's 1000th game in charge. The Frenchman will be hoping to celebrate his landmark match with three points to keep the Gunners in contention for the title.

The 64-year-old - whose current contract expires at the end of the 2013/14 - is expected to pen a new two-year deal to extend his stay with Arsenal further, but there have been some discussions about what life would be like in the post-Arsene Wenger era.

Hill-Wood has suggested that, like Ferguson at Manchester United, Wenger will have some say on his successor, and refused to rule out the possibility of Everton's Martinez arriving at the Emirates.

"I'm sure Arsene will have some input in choosing his successor," he told the Daily Telegraph. "Roberto Martinez? He seems like a good man."

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