Arsene Wenger announced on Friday that he’s leaving Arsenal at the end of the season, but who might end up leaving with him?
After 22 years at the club, Wenger finally called time on his Arsenal spell this week. It came at a surprising time for many of us, including the players, reportedly. Clearly many expected him to stick around for a while longer, and his departure might have an impact on their own situations.
There are a number of players and staff with a personal connection to the manager who may end going the same way. Here’s our list of the four people we think are most likely to follow him out of the door:
Whilst Wilshere has been an Arsenal player since the age of nine, it’s starting to look like he might be nearing the end of that spell. The England international is in the final months of his contract with the club, and seemingly isn’t close to signing an extension.
The 26-year-old has a solid relationship with the fans, but you get the impression his connection to Arsene Wenger is even more important.
“I’ve got a great relationship with the boss here,” he admitted in January. “I’ve known him since I was 16. We have a good relationship, we talk most days.
“I’m sure if Danny was sat here and you asked that (who the teacher’s pet is), he’d say me. He always says that the boss is my dad.”
Wenger insists that Jack is “an Arsenal man” and that “nobody questions his love and commitment for the club”. The question is how much those feelings would change now the club has lost the manager who gave the midfielder his first senior opportunities, and who stood by him through all his injury problems.
We might find out the answer before long.