Arsenal have ruled themselves out of the running for Jurgen Klopp and expect Arsene Wenger to see out the remaining two years of his contract, reports The Telegraph.
The highly-respected manager has confirmed he will leave Borussia Dortmund at the end of the season and is likely to spark a huge rush to secure his services. Manchester City and Real Madrid are just two of many clubs believed to be monitoring the situation.
But the strongest links over the past 12 months have been with Arsenal. Emirates officials see Klopp as a potential successor to current manager Wenger and would be a very popular choice with the fans.
However, Wenger's current contract does not expire until 2017 and it is expected the Frenchman will at least see out those terms before a big decision needs to be made by himself and the club.
That means Klopp will not be offered the chance to succeed Wenger this summer and opens up the possibility of one of their main rivals bagging him on a long-term contract.
Had Klopp been available last summer it could have been a very different story. Wenger ran his contract into its final weeks before agreeing a three-year extension and reports suggested he would have left had Arsenal not won the FA Cup.
Wenger has rebuilt his reputation since the turn of the year and has masterminded an eight-game winning streak that could continue against Chelsea a week on Sunday. A win against the Blues would also give them a slim chance of winning the Premier League title.
The consensus at the Emirates is that second place and an FA Cup triumph would constitute a very good season and could springboard a title challenge next season.
Players like Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez and Olivier Giroud seem to be thriving under Wenger and young stars Calum Chambers and Hector Bellerin have developed into first-team players as well.
Wenger is now building a team capable of challenging for major honours and a change of manager is seemingly the last thing on Arsenal's mind.
What do Arsenal fans think of this decision? Are they missing their best chance to sign Arsene Wenger's successor or are they right to stick by the Frenchman?
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