No matter how desperately Arsenal fans want to hear about the future of their club, it’s looking increasingly likely that an announcement regarding Arsene Wenger’s future won’t be made either way until the end of the season and here’s why.
Firstly, Arsenal have too much respect for Wenger to just sack him mid-season and there’s no way the Frenchman would quit mid-season either.
The 68-year-old would probably see it as leaving Arsenal in the lurch while he escapes the mess he’s made, which simply isn’t his style. He loves Arsenal and there’s no way he would intentionally do something that he probably thinks is out of line.
Wenger has been at Arsenal for 22 years and won the Premier League three times, the FA Cup seven (!) times, and gone an entire season unbeaten. He brought a new style and finesse to a club to ‘boring, boring Arsenal’ and implemented his philosophy from top to bottom.
He kept Arsenal competitive with hardly any funding from the club, since they were paying off their new stadium, and shouldered the blame for mediocrity, which the board were quite happy to let him do.
It’s so easy to forget what Wenger’s done for Arsenal not just as a team, but as a club.
The board haven’t forgotten and that’s why they offered him a two-year extension after he won the FA Cup for a seventh time last season. Wenger said he was still the right man for the job and they believed him.
Plus, it’s probably easier for them than actually having to appoint someone new.
Out of respect for him, I don’t see them asking him to leave right now, with only a couple of months of the season left, especially seeing as Arsenal are still in the Europa League.
Allow him to finish his job first. No matter what that might entail.