Arsenal cut shortlist to replace Arsene Wenger down to three names which includes Massimiliano Allegri, Patrick Vieira and Mikel Arteta

ARSENAL are closing in on naming a new manager after cutting down their shortlist of candidates to just three.

The Gunners hierarchy have been in talks over who they want to replace Arsene Wenger this summer.

 Max Allegri is top of the Arsenal board's shortlist to replace Arsene Wenger this summer

PA: Max Allegri is top of the Arsenal board’s shortlist to replace Arsene Wenger this summer

And the North London club have now whittled down a 14-man list to just three names to succeed the 68-year-old.

He hinted he could be staying in Serie A following their Cup Final 4-0 win over AC Milan last night.

 Patrick Vieira is also on the list, but he is still the manager of New York City FC

GETTY: Patrick Vieira is also on the list, but he is still the manager of New York City FC

 Mikel Arteta is also one of the names the club would consider appointing, but Man City do not want to lose him

GETTY IMAGES: Mikel Arteta is also one of the names the club would consider appointing, but Man City do not want to lose him

Former captains Mikel Arteta and Patrick Vieira are the two other names the club are eyeing.

The Gunners are waiting until the end of the season before upping their chase for a Wenger replacement.

High-level discussions were held over the weekend after chairman Stan Kroenke flew into London.

He watched the 5-0 win over Burnley, before having talks with the other members of the Arsenal board.

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The club have not decided whether or not to go for an experienced manager or young up-and-coming coach.

The Gunners want to have a new boss in place before the World Cup starts in Russia next month.

 

 

 

 

 

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