Arsenal made contact with Louis van Gaal over the possibility of replacing Arsene Wenger as the club feared the Frenchman would quit the club, reports Goal.
Wenger has finally agreed a three-year extension with the Gunners, worth a reported £24m, bringing an end to one of the longest contract sagas in Premier League history.
The Frenchman had just days to run on his current contract and was free to leave the Emirates Stadium if he wanted to. And it seems that at Arsenal's darkest moments this season it seems Wenger leaving was a distinct possibility.
Wenger reportedly locked himself away from Arsenal coaches and players after the team lost 3-0 to Everton, leaving their title hopes in tatters whilst also embroiling them in a familiar battle for fourth place.
As Arsenal officials feared the team's poor form would convince Wenger to quit, they started drawing up a list of potential replacements and even went as far as to make contact with Netherlands head coach Van Gaal.
At the time Van Gaal had just rejected the chance to take over at Tottenham and was in preliminary discussions with Manchester United.
Wenger told Arsenal that he would only stay if he could achieve a top four finish and an FA Cup win. Having done just that, a deal taking into his third decade as Arsenal manager was a sure bet.
Van Gaal eventually signed a three-year deal with Manchester United where he will take the reins following the World Cup in Brazil.
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