Ian Wright believes that Arsene Wenger leaving Arsenal this week would be a total disaster but he’s in luck as it seems a new 2-year deal has been agreed.
• Wright feels that the club are not prepared for life without Wenger
• Believes that there is a lack of options for successor
• Says fans ‘should be careful what they wish for’
In his column for The S*n, Wright states that his “gut instinct” is that Wenger will walk today – and leave the club in the lurch in the process.
He stressed that he had no inside information, but that his observations of Wenger suggested he was ready to call it a day.
Wright caused a stir earlier in the season by claiming that this would be Wenger’s final year after meeting him. He has never been shy to criticise the club and manager, but he also believes that the treatment of Wenger has been unacceptable and could convince him to leave.
Such a decision would leave Arsenal, as Wright put it, “scrambling” to find a successor. He has little confidence in the board’s ability to bring in an able replacement while also dealing with transfers and contracts.
This sentiment is shared by the supporters. That the decision has been delayed for so long indicates there’s not much of a plan going forward. By the time everything is sorted, the club could be well behind their rivals in the transfer market.
Wright rightly rules out Atletico’s Diego Simeone and Juventus’ Massimiliano Allegri as candidates, but curiously leaps straight to Patrick Vieira. He laments how Vieira got away from the club and is now “learning” how to become Manchester City manager one day.
While many may agree, Wright does ignore the likes of Thomas Tuchel and Leonardo Jardim, who have been linked with the Arsenal job recently. German reports also claimed Arsenal had sounded RB Leipzig’s Ralph Hasenhuttl earlier this season. The club may not be as unprepared as he thinks.
He is, however, completely right about the club failing to support Wenger and allowing the situation to get this bad. The club is not as well-run off the pitch as it’d like people to believe.
Whether his prediction of impending disaster will come to fruition remains to be seen, but life without Wenger is an unprecedented situation for many. There will be uncertain times ahead whether he stays or not.