Pulis suggests Wenger will stay

20 March 2017 07:47:34 EST

West Brom manager Tony Pulis claims Arsene Wenger has told him that he will not be leaving the Gunners at the end of this season.

It had been thought that the Frenchman, whose contract expires at the end of this season, would be announcing that he had decided to leave the club when he said after Saturday's 3-1 defeat to the Baggies that he would confirm "very soon" whether he would be staying.

Meanwhile, Arsenal have denied that they have approached Borussia Dortmund about making a move for Thomas Tuchel to replace Wenger.

Tuchel has been in charge of the Bundesliga side for almost two years, following Jurgen Klopp's decision to leave the club and join Liverpool, and he has led Dortmund to the quarter-finals of this season's Champions League.

In contrast Arsenal are struggling to secure a top-four finish in the Premier League and were knocked out of the Champions League 10-2 on aggregate by Bayern Munich at the last-16 stage.

Pulis is reported as saying when asked about Wenger's future: "I'll be surprised if he goes."

Pressed on why he thought that, the West Brom boss added: "Because he told me.

"I think he is the greatest manager Arsenal have ever had. They could finish in the top four and win an FA Cup - that is not too bad is it?

"I don't think respect counts now. People live for today. If you are asking me what Arsenal should or shouldn't do I'm the wrong person."

Arsenal can be backed at 6/1 to finish in the top four while they are 15/8 to win the FA Cup this season.

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