No Exit For Arsenal Boss Wenger
Arsene Wenger believes he knows who best to drag Arsenal out of their worst slump in over 20 years – it’s himself.
Wenger is expected to tell the Arsenal board that he wants to stay on at the club beyond the end of this season. A two-year contract has been offered to the Frenchman and the Daily Telegraph says there is nothing to suggest that the deal has been withdrawn.
Arsenal were beaten 3-1 at West Bromwich Albion on Saturday. It was their fourth defeat in five Premier League games and the club are now down to sixth place in the table.
More alarmingly in the prospect of the top four getting away from them. Liverpool occupy fourth spot following their 1-1 draw at Manchester City on Sunday. They are six points ahead of Arsenal who have two games in hand. Fifth-placed Manchester United leap-frogged the Gunners with a 3-1 victory at Middlesbrough and are two points in front of Arsenal having played the same number of games.
All of which puts Arsenal – and Wenger – in a very difficult position. He admitted on Saturday that he has made up his mind about his future. West Bromwich Albion boss Tony Pulis claims to have been told by Wenger that he intends to stay on.
But Wenger doesn’t want to leave the club he has spent 20 years as manager with Arsenal peering into the abyss. The club’s board are well aware of what has happened at Manchester United since Sir Alex Ferguson’s departure four years ago. The Red Devils had 23 consecutive seasons in the top three under Sir Alex. They have never been in the top three since his retirement and missed out on Champions League football in two of those first three seasons.
But Wenger also faces the prospect of departures for two of his top players. Both Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez are being linked with exits from the Emirates this summer. Both are out of contract at the end of next season and will be sold if they don’t sign new deals with the club. Wenger believes he can salvage something from that situation.