Arsenal have not given up hope of enticing Pep Guardiola

By Arsenal correspondent Tony Hughes

Arsene Wenger has ruled out the possibility of selecting his Arsenal managerial successor.

Wenger will celebrate an incredible 20 years at the club in October but he claims to have no interest in appointing the next Gunners boss.

The Premier League managerial merry-go-round will see Wenger pipped against a new touchline rival in 2016-17 when Pep Guardiola begins at Manchester City.

With Wenger’s contract at Arsenal due to end in 2017 and the Frenchman adamant he will not outstay his welcome at Emirates Stadium, he was asked if Guardiola would have made an ideal manager for the north London heavyweights.

“I will not choose my successor here,” said Wenger at his Friday media briefing. “I just want to leave the club in a position where it can do better when I am gone.”

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Nevertheless, Wenger warned Guardiola that he can expect to find a league that is more competitive than he has been used to in Spain and Germany.

The Arsenal manager said: “If you look at the tendency in the Premier League it looks difficult to have a high win percentage. The Premier League is more difficult than any other league.”

Manchester City announced on Monday that Guardiola will succeed Manuel Pellegrini at Etihad Staidum in the summer.