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George Osborne in race to become the next Arsenal manager

With it just a matter of time before Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger throws in the towel, speculation is mounting about who the next manager of the club will be.

And although Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri has recently emerged as favourite to replace Wenger at Arsenal - with Dortmund manager Thomas Tuchel and Everton's Ronald Koeman thought to be in frame (Koeman has, after all, almost done his year-in-charge) - a new surprise candidate has emerged from left field in the last few days.

Arsenal manager Arsene WengerArsenal manager Arsene Wenger

Former UK Chancellor (and part-time MP) George Osborne is now thought to have thrown his hat into the ring, and the Arsenal board are believed to be seriously considering Osborne's appointment from the end of the season. The Arsenal board are thought not to be concerned about Osborne's lack of football knowledge. An Arsenal insider told HITC: 'The board don't know much about football themselves, so Osborne's lack of football experience will not go against him. Just how difficult can it be to finish fourth every year anyway ?'.

'Managing a London club would make sense for George. He has made a concerted effort to make a London-pivot', one person close to Osborne also told us. 'And managing a club like Arsenal is perfect. He has some spare time at the weekends and will always be able to pop along to matches. And from next season Arsenal will be playing on a Thursday night - a time when there's not much going on at Westminster or at the Standard anyway'.

Arsenal's main appeal to Osborne, however, isn't the money. What's another £8.3m-a-year to him ? No, Osborne's apparently a Chelsea fan (or was last week). And he has always wanted to manage Arsenal.........

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