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Arsenal 'line up Manchester United assistant Rui Faria as new manager'

Arsenal 'want Man Utd assistant as new boss'
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Arsenal are reportedly considering a shock move for Manchester United assistant manager Rui Faria as Arsene Wenger's replacement at the club.

Arsenal are reportedly considering a shock approach for Manchester United assistant manager Rui Faria to replace Arsene Wenger.

The Gunners have been linked with a host of names as they search for a new manager for the first time since 1996, with the likes of Massimiliano Allegri, Luis Enrique and Carlo Ancelotti understood to be near the top of their list.

However, a number of candidates with less managerial experience have also been touted - such as former players Mikel Arteta and Patrick Vieira - and The Mirror reports that Faria has now entered the frame.

The 42-year-old has worked alongside Jose Mourinho for more than 15 years but is understood to harbour managerial aspirations of his own, which could see him part company with his Portuguese compatriot should Arsenal come knocking.

However, Faria is reportedly one of as many as 14 names on Arsenal's shortlist and is not thought to be among the club's top targets to replace the long-serving Wenger.


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2Manchester CityMan City23182362174556
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs23170648232551
4Chelsea23145440192147
5Arsenal23135548321644
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd23135546331344
7Watford239683232033
8Wolverhampton WanderersWolves239592731-432
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10West Ham UnitedWest Ham2394103034-431
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12Bournemouth2393113342-930
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2375112532-726
14Crystal Palace2364132332-922
15Southampton2357112540-1522
16Burnley2364132343-2022
17Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2356121931-1221
18Cardiff CityCardiff2354141944-2519
19Fulham2335152151-3014
20Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2325161340-2711

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