Report: Arsenal considering RB Leipzig's Ralph Hasenhuttl as potential Arsene Wenger replacement

General view of the Emirates Stadium before the match

Arsenal are preparing for life without Wenger it seems, whose current contract expires at the end of season.

A report in The Sun has suggested that RB Leipzig boss Ralph Hasenhuttl is one of the candidates that Arsenal are considering as a potential replacement for Arsene Wenger.

Hasenhuttl has quickly established himself as one of the most highly-rated coaches in Europe after inspiring his side to the top of the Bundesliga during their first campaign in the top flight. 

Ralph HasenhuttlRalph Hasenhuttl

They currently hold a three point lead over Bayern Munich and are now just one of two unbeaten sides left in the division. That performance appears to have not gone unnoticed by the Gunners.

The Sun reports that the 49-year-old has been included on a shortlist of options, which also includes Eddie Howe and Patrick Vieira, to potentially succeed Wenger when the Frenchman decides to call it a day in the dug-out.

Wenger is out of contract this summer, and The Sun suggests that no talks over a new deal have so far been arranged.

Arsenal manager Arsene WengerArsenal manager Arsene Wenger 

One thing that would seemingly make Hasenhuttl stand out as a candidate - as well as his impressive track record - is the fact that the Arsenal hierarchy want to avoid the problems that Manchester United have endured since Sir Alex Ferguson's departure.

Their struggles mean that the Gunners will want Wenger to move into a director of football role, The Sun reports. And with Hasenhuttl currently working with Ralf Rangnick, he should have little problem adapting to a similar structure at the Emirates. 

General view of the Emirates Stadium before the match

Register for ARSENAL team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch