Guillem Balague replies when asked if this manager will replace Arsene Wenger at Arsenal

Guillem Balague plays down suggestions that Diego Simeone could take over from Arsene Wenger at Arsenal

Guillem Balague has rejected the notion that Diego Simeone could be a suitable replacement for Arsene Wenger at Arsenal.

The Arsenal boss’ future has once again been a source of speculation in recent days after the Gunners lost back to back Premier League games to all but rule them out of the title race.

Wenger’s current Arsenal contract is set to expire in the summer and it remains to be seen whether he will extend his stay at The Emirates beyond the end of the season.

Atletico Madrid boss Simeone has been touted as a possible target for Arsenal to replace Wenger, but Spanish football expert Balague has played down the chances of that happening.

Asked if Simeone could replace Wenger at Arsenal, Balague told Sky Sports: “I don’t understand why Arsenal fans are so excited about the prospect of Simeone when he doesn’t represent the style of the club at all.

“He just doesn’t fit what Arsenal is about. Arsene Wenger has to decide his own future with a two-year contract still on the table but a style has been built at Arsenal.

“Not a very efficient style if you consider their success in terms of titles but a style is in place. Simeone doesn’t represent that style in any way.”

Arsenal are currently fourth in the table and 12 points behind leaders Chelsea in the race for the Premier League title.

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The Gunners host Hull City this weekend.

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