Arsenal news: Arsene Wenger flattered by England links, but priority lies with Gunners

Arsene Wenger was a rumoured candidate to replace Sam Allardyce as the next England manager.

Arsene Wenger
Arsene Wenger remains committed to Arsenal Reuters

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed he is flattered by recent reports linking him to the vacant England job, but put the recent speculations to bed by committing his future to the Gunners.

The Football Association (FA) parted ways with Sam Allardyce after the latter was reportedly caught on camera suggesting fake businessmen from the Far East on how to go around the FA's rules for player transfers. This investigation was carried by the British publication, the Telegrpah.

Allardyce resigned from his post and Gareth Southgate has been appointed as the interim England manager as the FA start their search for the successor to the former Sunderland and Newcastle United manager.

Wenger, who has less than a year left on his contract at the Emirates has played down those suggestions for now.

"Of course, but my priority has always been this club. Until the end of this season I'm here, and I am completely focused on that. My priority is always Arsenal and I have to assess how well I do until the end of the season," Wenger was quoted as saying by Sky Sports.

The Frenchman's comments could come as a delight to few Arsenal fans, especially after the north London club have bounced back under Wenger's guidance since their opening day defeat at the hands of Liverpool at home.

Southgate, who has been managing the Young Lions will be in charge for the senior side's next four fixtures. This includes three World-Cup qualifiers against Malta, Slovenia and Scotland, before finishing this calendar year with a friendly against Spain on 16 November.