Louis van Gaal
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Arsenal are considering a surprise move in signing Old Trafford bound Louis Van Gaal as a successor to Arsene Wenger, if the latter decides to end his time at the Emirates.

The Netherlands coach has been one of the candidates to replace David Moyes at Manchester United. The Scot was shown the exit door this Tuesday and the club legend Ryan Giggs has taken over the managerial role till the end of the season. The Dutchman is favourite to succeed Moyes at Old Trafford.

According to Goal.com, the Gunners have made contact with Van Gaal to replace Wenger at the north London club. The Frenchman's contract at the Emirates runs down at the end of the season and has not signed an extension.

Arsenal manager has already informed his friends that he is set to end his 18-year reign with the Gunners if his side fail to finish the season in top four and end the season trophy less.

Wenger's future at the club will be decided by their results in the next three league games and also if Arsenal can end their trophy drought by winning the FA Cup this season. They face Hull City in the final.

The 64-year-old was believed to sign a two-year deal with the Gunners. But Wenger is believed to be considering his future at the club in recent times. With his future remaining uncertain, Arsenal are looking for alternatives in finding a successor for their manager.

Van Gaal has long been linked with a move to the Gunners' arch-rivals Tottenham Hotspur. With Spurs, Arsenal and United's interest, the Dutchman is keeping his options open in deciding his next destination.

The Dutch manager has confirmed his decision to step down from his post as Netherlands manager after the end of the summer World Cup. Van Gaal has already expressed his desire in managing an English club, as he has set his sights on winning the Premier League title.

Van Gaal's former backroom staffs, Andres Jonker, Jan van Loon and Frans de Kat have taken up a role at Arsenal's youth set-up. A move for the Dutchman to the Emirates as Wenger's successor will help him rejoin with his former staffs.