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Enrique Heads Race To Replace Wenger

Luis Enrique is the bookmakers’ favourite to replace Arsene Wenger as Arsenal manager after the Frenchman confirmed on Friday that he would be leaving the club after 22 years at the end of the season. Wenger, who won three Premier League titles and a record seven FA Cup during more than two decades with the Gunners, will fail to secure a top four finish for just the second time this season, but could still go out on a high if he can lead the Gunners to victory in the Europa League next month.

Enrique, who played more than 200 times for Barcelona before returning as manager in 2014, had been out of work since the end of his three-year contract at the Nou Camp last summer. At the time of writing the 47-year-old is a best price of 4/1 with Paddy Power.

Carlo Ancelotti, who won the Premier League and FA Cup double with Chelsea in 2010, is second in the betting at 6/1 with BetVictor, with the current Germany national team boss Joachim Loew at 9/1 with the same firm. Patrick Vieira, who has been learning the ropes with New York City FC in the MLS, is at a best price of 12/1 with William Hill and would be a popular choice with many of the club’s supporters.

All odds quoted are subject to change