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Tuesday 21 November 2017

Hazenhuttl: 'Truth in Arsenal link'

Leipzig coach Ralph Hasenhuttl
Leipzig coach Ralph Hasenhuttl

Leipzig coach Ralph Hasenhuttl has said a report claiming he has been lined up to replace Arsene Wenger as Arsenal manager was "well researched" and included a lot of truth.

Wenger has been at the Gunners' helm since September 1996, but is out of contract at the end of this season.

A British newspaper reported that Arsenal had made contact with the 49-year-old Austrian, who has led promoted Leipzig to the top of the Bundesliga in his first season in charge, having previously guided Ingolstadt to their first top-flight campaign.

And Hasenhuttl did little to indicate such reports were not true when quizzed on the matter at his pre-match press conference yesterday, but did stress his commitment to finishing what he has started in Saxony.

"The article didn't particularly damage my reputation," he said when questioned about the reports at a press conference. "It was well researched and there was a lot in it which was true. I have certainly heard of far worse fates than to be lined up as the successor to the longest-serving coach in England." Hasenhuttl has nevertheless distanced himself from moving to north London.

"I signed a three-year contract here in Leipzig and set myself the objective of developing this team further," he said. "I am not interested in such rumours. We don't need to think much about it. I've found my luck here in Leipzig."

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