Wenger to stay, or Tuchel to takeover and Arsenal want Barkley

Afternoon Bulletin

Wenger stays?

Now according to some reports Arsene Wenger has signed a one year contract with the club. Wenger has admitted he knows what he will be doing but currently he is the only one who does know.

That is unless your Tony Pulis, who seems to be the man in the know. When asked if he felt Wenger would stay he replied, “I’ll be surprised if he goes”.

When asked to elaborate Pulis said, “Because he told me so” and there you have it. Wenger has confided in Tony Pulis, now that would be the biggest shock of the season. Arsenal and Wenger have yet to respond to the West Brom manager’s claim but as they say, watch this space. Things should become a lot clearer in the next week or so.

Bookies choice

Well it didn’t take long for Arsene Wenger to be installed as bookies favourite to be the next manager to leave, although he is closely followed by David Moyes. Wenger is currently 2-1 to leave.

Tuchel in

According to some reports Thomas Tuchel has been sounded out to become the next manager of Arsenal. The Borussia Dortmund manager has guided the German club to third in the Bundesliga so far. Tuchel is said to be an intense leader who demands the most out of his players in training as well as matches. He could be exactly what the Arsenal players need.

Injury update

Lucas Perez could be out for up to three weeks after picking up a thigh injury during training. Perez is due to miss the Premier League matches against Manchester City and West Ham.

Transfer news

Arsenal are interested in Leicester City’s Terrell Pennant. The 14-year-old has trained with the Leicester City first team squad but does not have a contract at the end of the season. Pennant can play out wide or through the middle.

According to the Mirror, Arsenal are interested in signing Everton’s Ross Barkley. Toffees boss Ronald Koeman has said if Barkley refuses to sign a new contract or no agreement is close, then he will be sold in the summer. Arsenal join a number of clubs who are interested in the England international midfielder, who could cost as little as £10m due to only 12 months left on his contract in the summer.

Also in the Mirror, Arsenal have scouted Monaco midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoke. The French man has been is fine form this season and would be an excellent addition to a midfield that is struggling without Santi Cazorla.