The club will review Arsene Wenger’s future in the summer to avoid last season’s uncertainty as all options remain open, according to reports.
Wenger was out of contract last summer and the doubts over his future had, by his own admission, an impact on his players.
Eager to prevent that from occurring again, the club will reportedly decide in the summer if Wenger will continue as manager or not.
According to the Telegraph, who tend to be pretty reliable when it comes to Arsenal gossip, there could be several scenarios as all options remain open.
One option is to replace Wenger, something which the club is more confident of doing now that a structure has been put in place around him, says the Telegraph.
Another option is to not renew his contract, which expires in 2019, and announce it ahead of time.
Then there’s the option of extending his current deal.
The Telegraph go on to report that the club didn’t feel prepared enough last season for life after Wenger.
Since then, key figures such as Raul Sanllehi, Sven Mislintat and Huss Fahmy have arrived in an Ivan Gazidis-led shake-up that’s been backed by Stan Kroenke, says the report.
Wenger has reportedly accepted the changes.
Much will depend on how Arsenal finish the season. How this season will be viewed depends entirely on winning the Europa League.
The availability of other managers capable of taking over from Wenger could also be a factor.
Whatever happens, we should find out in the summer what Wenger’s future will be.