Welcome-Arsenal ditch big-name candidate as big announcement will be next week

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According to report from the Metro, Arsenal have slashed their managerial shortlist — and Patrick Vieira has made the cut.

They have also got Max Allegri and Mikel Arteta among the candidates to succeed Arsene Wenger this summer as they look to reduce the options to five names they will present to majority shareholder Stan Kroenke.

Former Barcelona boss Luis Enrique appears to be out of the running because of his wage demands, and also with the Gunners as keen on appointing a young head coach as they are to turn to a big name.

Arsenal want to make an appointment before the World Cup kicks off on June 14, but are also acutely aware of the distraction of the finals in Russia, a shorter transfer window that closes on August 9 and their pre-season plans, which mean that in an ideal world it would be done quicker

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