Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has dismissed speculation that he could succeed Arsene Wenger at Arsenal as "meaningless" and insists he is fully committed to the Cherries.

Wenger is in the final year of his contract at Arsenal and has yet to make a decision about his future, raising speculation about who could manage the Gunners next season.

The Sun reported on Wednesday that Howe is being seriously considered by the Arsenal hierarchy as a possible replacement if Wenger is to step down.

However, responding to the report on Thursday, Howe told a news conference: "Speculation is meaningless. I turn a blind eye to it because I do believe it doesn't have anything meaningful to help me get results for this club.

"I want to win games here and as quickly as possible because we want to climb the league. My only aim is success for Bournemouth."

Howe has been credited with playing a similar style of football to Arsenal, and his links to the Emirates Stadium strengthened after he convinced Jack Wilshere to join Bournemouth on loan after falling out of Wenger's first-choice lineup.

Howe said Wilshere, who could make his debut against West Bromwich Albion on Saturday, has already settled in well at the club.

 

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