Eddie Howe targeted as replacement for Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger

Wenger is an admirer of Howe
Wenger is an admirer of Howe

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe is being considered as a possible successor to Arsene Wenger at Arsenal, according to the latest rumours.

The Irish Daily Star are claiming Howe is viewed by Wenger and Arsenal officials as the ideal candidate to take over when the Frenchman brings down the curtain on his enduring reign as Gunners boss.

At the age of 38, Howe has made a huge impression as he has guided Bournemouth from League One and into the Premier League, playing a style of football that would appear to fit into the Arsenal ethos.

With Wenger entering the final year of his contract at Arsenal, the club have hinted that they have their options open as they look beyond this season, with chief-executive Ivan Gazidis insisting in an interview with the New York Times that their loyalty to the Frenchman is not misplaced.

“We don’t have any sense of nostalgia,” said Gazidis. “Our support for Arsene Wenger is not based on the history of what he’s done for our football club, as extraordinary as that is.

“We’re very focused on the future. This is one of our core values is that we’re progressive and always moving forward.

“So what’s happened in the past is far less relevant to us as what’s happening as we look forward.

"He remains massively engaged. He continues to think about not just short term but the long-term development of the club. He’s excited about the future, and we’re excited about our future with him."

Howe was linked with the England manager's job this summer, but the idea of taking over at Arsenal and working under the watch of Wenger in his first couple of years may be the next step in the career of one of the most respected young coaches in the Premier League.