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Arsenal's Arsene Wenger would not be shocked to see female manager in Premier League

Arsene Wenger in good spirits ahead of the Premier League match against Southampton at St Mary's Stadium
Image: Arsene Wenger predicts the Premier League will see a female manager

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger believes there will be a female Premier League manager in the near future.

Wenger expects the way football teams are run to change dramatically, with much more technical analysis being used and less need for what he termed "football specialists."

The most high-profile female manager in club football is Corinne Diacre, who has been in charge of French Ligue 2 side Clermont Foot since 2014.

The Frenchman was questioned about female managers at a Football Writers' Association Live event on Wednesday night to raise money for the London Fire Relief Fund, and he said: "I'm personally convinced that will happen soon.

"I'm convinced in 10 or 15 years it will not necessarily be a football specialist who is a manager of a club.

"You will have so many scientists around the team that who will bring out the team to play on Saturday will be more management specialists than football specialists.

Corinne Diacre, the former captain of the French national women's football team, smiles at a Clermont Foot press conference
Image: Corinne Diacre is in charge at Clermont Foot in France

"[This is] Because the football decisions will be made by technological analysis."

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Wenger, who re-iterated recent comments that the delay in confirming his future at the club last season was a mistake, also expressed a desire for Arsenal to look to the very top for his eventual replacement.

"I would like somebody who comes in gets the club to the next level," Wenger added.

"I just want to make sure that the guy that comes in after me is in a condition that he could work well."

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