Wenger flattered by England link but focused on Arsenal

The Football Association are searching for a new Three Lions boss following Sam Allardyce’s exit but the Gunners man appears unlikely to consider it this season

Arsene Wenger has reaffirmed his commitment to Arsenal after once again being linked with the England job but admitted the links were flattering.

Sam Allardyce’s stunning departure on Tuesday, after just one game in charge, leaves the Football Association searching for a new manager, with Under-21 boss Gareth Southgate taking charge of the senior team for their next four matches.

Wenger, who celebrates 20 years at the helm at Arsenal this weekend, has been linked with the position before and his current contract at the Emirates Stadium expires at the end of the season.

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Speaking after Arsenal’s 2-0 win over Basel in the Champions League on Wednesday, the Frenchman admitted to being flattered to be talked about as a potential candidate for the vacancy – but insisted he was only focused on his current employers for now.

Wenger said: “It’s a huge surprise what happened – who could have predicted that 48 hours ago? Nobody, but the English game is always full of surprises.

“Look, of course [I’m flattered] but my priority has always been this club. Until the end of this season I am here and completely focused on that.

“I said many times my priority was towards Arsenal Football Club, I will have to assess how well I do until the end of the season.”

Arsenal extended their unbeaten run to eight games with a routine victory over Basel at the Emirates Stadium thanks to two Theo Walcott goals.

“I would like to congratulate my team for the quality of football they produced,” Wenger told the club’s official website. “The first half was top, top class.

“We have to be ambitious but also keep our feet on the ground. We know how we want to play but we still want to get better.”

Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain are locked together on four points at the top of Group A.

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