Arsenal have identified RB Leipzig boss Ralph Hasenhuttl as their next manager after Arsene Wenger, according to the Austrian coach himself.
The 49-year-old has had a relatively modest managerial career thus far, enjoying spells with Aalen, Ingolstadt and currently RB Leipzig.
As his side currently sit atop the Bundesliga table and remain unbeaten after 12 games, he has gained further attention and as per The Sun earlier this week, he was linked with taking over from Wenger at the Emirates when he opts to step down.
Hasenhuttl has now commented on the reports, and has revealed that there is plenty of truth in it, thus suggesting that he is indeed on the radar for Arsenal as they consider their long-term managerial options.
“It was a well-researched story. There was a lot of truth to it,” he told the media, as reported by ESPN FC.
“I have heard of worse fates than succeeding the longest-serving manager in England. It’s not damaging my reputation, is it?”
“We don’t have to put too much thought into it. I have found my luck here.”
Hasenhuttl led Ingolstadt from Bundesliga 2 to the top flight before accepting the job at Leipzig, and it appears as though he is ready to take his coaching career to the next level by leading a shock title charge.
However, few would have believed that he would be of interest to Arsenal at this early stage, but the Gunners showed with the appointment of Wenger 20 years ago that they aren’t afraid of looking outside of the box and surprising many with their managerial choices.
Whether or not Hasenhuttl finds himself in the Emirates hot-seat next year or beyond remains to be seen, but based on his comments, it sounds as though Arsenal fans should be paying closer attention to his work in Germany in the event he does succeed Wenger with the Frenchman in the final year of his current contract.