No truth in Tuchel to Arsenal reports

The Borussia Dortmund CEO has said that "communication and trust" will be important when it comes to talks over a new contract for the club's manager

Arsenal have denied reports that they have approached Borussia Dortmund boss Thomas Tuchel to become the next manager of the club.

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Tuchel has been linked as a replacement for under-fire manager Arsene Wenger in recent weeks, with German daily Bild claiming that contact had been made between the Gunners and Tuchel over him becoming the next manager at Emirates Stadium.

The BVB coach started his career in the dugout at Augsburg and Mainz with the youth and reserve sides, but he graduated at the latter to take charge of the first team. With nearly 200 games under his belt and a reputation for attractive football, he moved to Dortmund in the summer of 2015 with the task of replacing Jurgen Klopp.

Although Dortmund are third in the Bundesliga and are not guaranteed European football next season, they have progressed to the Champions League quarter-finals, where they will meet Monaco.

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Despite his success in Germany, the Premier League club are firmly denying the rumours and remain adamant that a mutual decision between Wenger and the club will be made soon.

That is a stance the 45-year-old has also taken. "I can't give you any information about the topic because it doesn't involve me," he explained. "I'm happy with my job in Dortmund and have a contract, so it is of no interest to me."

Following Arsenal’s 3-1 defeat to West Brom on Saturday, Wenger revealed that he has made a decision on his future and intends to make his decision public soon.

Planes bearing pro- and anti-Wenger messages flew over the Hawthorns on Saturday, with Goal revealing who was behind them after speaking to the pilot involved.

Baggies boss Tony Pulis also claimed that Wenger told him after the game that the Frenchman has decided he wants to stay at the club.

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