Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has emerged as one of the top names to become England manager after Sam Allardyce was sensationally sacked just 67 days after taking charge of the Three-Lions.

Allardyce was removed from his post the England Football Association on Tuesday (September 27) after a sting operation showed that he took advantage of his position to explore the possibility of earning extra money on the side while also handing out advice on how to get around Football Association transfer rules.

The England Football Association has currently given the charge to England Under-21 manager Gareth Southgate for the next four matches. However, they are desperate to bring in a new manager as they look to bounce back from a disastrous performance in this year’s European Championship.

Wenger, whose contract at the Emirates expires next year, has been heavily linked with the job. But the French tactician, who completed 20 years with the North London club this weekend, has said that for the time being his priority is Arsenal.

Speaking after Arsenal’s 2-0 win over Basel in the Champions League on Wednesday, he admitted to being flattered with the links

Wenger said: “It’s a huge surprise what happened – who could have predicted that 48 hours ago? Nobody, but the English game is always full of surprises.

“Look, of course [I’m flattered] but my priority has always been this club. Until the end of this season I am here and completely focused on that.

“I said many times my priority was towards Arsenal Football Club, I will have to assess how well I do until the end of the season.”

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Meanwhile,the Gunners continued their impressive form with a comfortable 2-0 win over Basel. In-form forward Theo Walcott netted a brace to take his goal tally to 5 in all competitions.

“I would like to congratulate my team for the quality of football they produced,” Wenger told the club’s official website. “The first half was top, top class.

“We have to be ambitious but also keep our feet on the ground. We know how we want to play but we still want to get better.”


With this win, Arsenal are now level with Paris St-Germain on points but lead the table in Group A due to a superior goal difference.

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