Arsenal news: Arsene Wenger has told board Patrick Vieira must replace him – Richard Keys | Football | Sport

Arsenal yesterday confirmed Wenger would be leaving his post as manager at the end of the season.

The Frenchman, who has steered the club to three Premier League titles and seven FA Cups, departs after 22 years at the north London side.

Express Sport is aware Arsenal have made contact with Juventus manager Max Allegri as they aim to pip Chelsea to his services.

Luis Enrique appears to be another frontrunner to take over with the Spaniard yet to venture back into management following his departure from Barcelona nearly 12 months ago.

And Keys claims Wenger wants Vieira to replace him as Arsenal manager.

“Sources close to Arsene Wenger tell #beINSPORTS that he has strongly recommended Vieira to succeed him,” he tweeted.

“As reported yesterday the Board are split – half want Carlo Ancelotti.”

Vieira is currently working in the MLS at New York City having gained experience through youth coaching roles at Manchester City.

Ancelotti has been out of work since leaving Bayern Munich in October.

However, the Italian has Premier League experience having spent two years at Chelsea.

Ancelotti has already won the Champions League three times – twice at AC Milan and once at Bayern Munich.

And, speaking on the Arsenal job, the 58-year-old refused to rule out taking over from Wenger.

“I can say I would like to work again, but that depends on me,” Ancelotti said.

“If I find the right possibility, the right project, I would be delighted to continue.”

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