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Arsene Wenger addresses Newcastle speculation

Arsene Wenger has addressed the recent speculation linking him with becoming the next manager of Newcastle United.

The Frenchman emerged as a surprise contender to take over at St. James’ Park amid talks of a potential takeover by Sheikh Khaled and the Bin Zayed Group.

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News of Rafa Benitez leaving the club saw the speculation increase, but the Arsenal legend has poured cold water on the idea.

When asked about the managerial vacancy and returning to the game by France 24, he said: “Not in the near future no. I still am not ready to go back. I thought ‘yes’ but I don’t think at the moment I will come back.”

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So Wenger will not be cushioning the blow of losing Benitez for Newcastle – at least for now. But the Arsenal legend did add: “I am more open now than a year ago to talk about that but I cannot tell you that in the next two or three days I will go into management again.”

TBR’s view

At this point, Wenger is probably one of the few names actually capable of making Newcastle fans feel better about the departure of Benitez.

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The Spaniard’s exit is a massive blow and the club’s preparations for 2019/20 are seemingly in tatters.

It is a huge shame that Wenger isn’t quite ready for a return to football – not that the more realistic of Newcastle supporters would expect someone of his ilk to take over at their club.

The veteran tactician is a legend of the game, but Newcastle will have to look elsewhere for a saviour.

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