Wenger Remains In Control
Arsene Wenger will control all football activities at Arsenal this summer and into next season, but the Frenchman is being tipped to step down as manager when his contract expires at the end of next term.
Arsenal fans staged a small and largely muted protest against Wenger during the 1-0 victory over Norwich City on Saturday. But the Daily Telegraph claims that despite the unrest amongst supporters there are no plans to strip Wenger of any of his powers. The Arsenal boss is working on transfer targets for the summer as well as assessing which players could be sold. He is also overseeing a revamp of the youth set-up.
But the paper adds that Wenger could quit as manager when his contract expires next summer. Wenger signed a three-year deal after the Gunners won the 2014 FA Cup. It is likely to be his last.
Arsenal Face Serie A Competition For Benatia
Bayern Munich central defender Mehdi Benatia is being tipped as an Arsenal transfer target this summer. The 29-year-old is likely to make way if Bayern move for Borussia Dortmund centre-back Mats Hummels and the Daily Star claims Arsenal could make a bid for Benatia if he becomes available.
Injuries have restricted the Morocco international to just 10 starts in the Bundesliga this season and Benatia told reporters in Italy at the weekend that he is open to the prospect of ending his two-year stay in Germany.
“If the club sign Hummels there is no problem for me if I have to go away. Everyone knows that I have had a special time and that this is a special place for me.”
Benatia spent four seasons in Italy before moving to Bayern in 2014 and Serie A sides Roma and Juventus are both being linked with bids. He had a year at Roma in 2013-14.
Gunners Watching Tierney
Arsenal are being linked with a summer move for Celtic left-back Kieran Tierney. The 18-year-old picked up Scotland’s Young Player Of The Year Award last night and has been linked with interest from Manchester City and Liverpool.
However, the Daily Star reports that Arsenal have been tracking Tierney all season and are preparing a £5million bid of their own.
Tierney made his debut for Celtic towards the end of last season, but he made the left-back position his own this season with 21 starts in the Scottish Premiership. He made his senior international debut for Scotland when he played the first half of the 1-0 victory over Denmark in March.