Arsene Wenger says Arsenal board will decide his successor as he addresses Carlo Ancelotti speculation

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Arsene Wenger insists that it is not his job to decide who will succeed him following speculation that Carlo Ancelotti could be the next Arsenal manager.

Ancelotti has confirmed he will not manage again this season after being sacked by Bayern Munich last month following a 3-0 drubbing at the hands of Paris Saint-Germain.

Reports in Italy suggested Ancelotti’s preferred option for his next job would be Arsenal, though he would almost certainly have to wait until the expiry of Wenger’s job in 2019 before taking over.

Wenger could opt to stay beyond the end of that contract as well but whenever he does choose to call it a day he will leave it up to the Arsenal board to decide his successor.

“I don’t know who will replace me at Arsenal,” Wenger told beIN Sports. “When you’re a manager for a club you have to work like you’re there forever.

“It demands total commitment. I believe as well that the football club works by everybody doing his own job well. My job is to prepare the team for the next game and be responsible for the technical policy of Arsenal Football Club.

“The job of my board is to choose the next manager. I don’t want to do the job of the board.”

Were Ancelotti to ever manage Arsenal he may be obliged to explain his comments in May 2016 over majority shareholder Stan Kroenke.

The 58-year-old said that Kroenke and Manchester United owners the Glazer family were “removed” from their teams and “not so passionate”.