Low leading Arsenal shortlist to replace Wenger but Germany determined to keep Coach

Arsenal’s plan to make Germany Coach Joachim Low the long-term replacement for Arsene Wenger has hit a snag after the German Federation outlined their desire to keep hold of the 53-year-old past next year’s World Cup, the Daily Mail has reported.

Wenger turns 64 later this year and the Gunners hierarchy are plotting for the time when the Frenchman steps aside from the Emirates Stadium dugout, with Low’s track record of developing players making him their preferred choice to succeed the long-serving Frenchman.

Appointed in 1996, Wenger is the second longest-serving manager in English football, behind Sir Alex Ferguson, and led Arsenal to three league titles and four FA Cups, as well as three times being named the manager of the year. But his contract is due to expire at the end of next season, and Arsenal want a plan in place in case it proves to be the end of his tenure at the club.

Low replaced Jurgen Klinsmann as Germany Coach in 2006 – and was assistant to the former Tottenham Hotspur striker for two years – but has not revealed anything about his future plans.

But his employers are keen for him to stay after next year’s World Cup in Brazil, with the president of the German Federation, Wolfgang Niersbach confirming: “

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