The Arsenal board want Eddie Howe to be Arsene Wenger's successor
Arsene Wenger will today confirm he has signed a new contract with Arsenal, keeping him at the club for a further two years.
However, the Gunners have insisted the Frenchman must begin the process of looking for his own successor during that time.
Initial plans point to Wenger moving upstairs after his two-year contract is up, assuming the role of director of football.
And Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe is reportedly the target the Arsenal hierarchy want to see replace the 67-year-old.
Eddie Howe guided Bournemouth to a top-half finish in the Premier League this season
Howe is the board's preferred choice, although, the Frenchman is said to have the final call over who succeeds him.
Arsenal are expected to make some backroom changes for the forthcoming 2017/18 season, with fitness coach Tony Colbert and goalkeeping coach Gerry Peyton most at risk.
And a big squad shake-up is also expected with Wenger being handed a huge £100million transfer kitty to spend in the summer.
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The 67-year-old's most pressing task will be to tie down Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil to new long-term deals with both approaching the final year of their contracts.
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The Star claim Sanchez has been offered £270,000 a week plus bonuses.
While Ozil has been tempted with a £220,000-a-week deal with add-ons – which would make the duo the highest-paid players in the club’s history.