By Harvey Byrne

Eddie Howe is under serious consideration to become the next Arsenal manager, according to a report.

The Sun have claimed that the 38-year-old Bournemouth manager’s name is currently being discussed by the Arsenal hierarchy.

Howe kept the Cherries in the Premier League last season with a 16th place finish, after leading them to promotion as winners of the Championship in the 2014/15 campaign. It is understood that the highly-regarded manager has influential admirers at the Emirates.

Arsene Wenger’s contract runs out at the end of the season and the long-serving manager is yet to make a decision on his future.

The Gunners chief has been under constant criticism from supporters after going 12-years without a league win and keeping to his strict approach to transfers.

However, The Sun report states that owner Stan Kroenke has told the Frenchman that he can extend his deal at the club if he wishes to.

The report also claims that Wenger could move into a possible technical director role after he was told he has a job for life at the club.

Incredibly, Howe was just an 18-year-old when Wenger took control of Arsenal in 1996.

However, the Bournemouth manager has achieved great success during his short career in management after he guided the south coast club up from League Two to England’s top flight.

Howe  also played more than 270 games for the Cherries as a defender but had to retire through injury in 2007. He became the youngest manager in the Football League when he was made Cherries’ caretaker manager in 2008.

In other Arsenal news, Jack Wilshere has held talks with Arsene Wenger about signing a new three-year deal at the Gunners.