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Published: 10:22 | 8/9/16

Howe turning a blind eye to Arsenal rumours

Eddie Howe has brushed off suggestions that he could be in line to succeed Arsene Wenger as Arsenal manager.

Having guided Bournemouth to the Premier League before keeping them in the top flight, Howe has emerged as one of the leading contenders to replace Wenger when the Frenchman decides to call time on his spell at Arsenal.

Wenger's contract runs out at the end of the season and, while he has yet to make a decision on his future, officials at the Emirates are looking at potential replacements if he decides to step away from day-to-day management.

Howe, however, is paying little attention to the speculation, preferring to focus on helping Bournemouth maintain their Premier League status.

"I'd rather be linked doing something right than the other way, but my only focus is winning with Bournemouth," Howe told reporters on Thursday.

"I am loyal. I love the town and I want to continue that association for as long as possible."

"It's meaningless (the rumours). I don't want to hear it. I don't need to hear it. I just want to win games.

"It's very hard to predict the future. If you try to then you come unstuck. In football management, you live week to week.

"You turn a blind eye to speculation and anyone that tells me about it I believe it is not meaningful and it doesn't help me get results for this club."

Howe snapped up Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere on loan on transfer deadline day and he has been impressed with how the England international has settled into life at the club. But he has refused to confirm whether or not he will make his debut against West Brom at the weekend.

"He has settled in very well with the changing room and dynamics of the group. He's given the whole club a lift and raised levels in training," the manager said.

"He's been very bright in training and his technical ability is of a very high level. We'll see what my team selection is."

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