Arsenal won’t fire Arsene Wenger this summer, and plan to leave the decision to stay or go completely in his hands, according to reports in France.
Le10Sport report that their sources tell them Arsenal’s board have decided it’s up to the Frenchman whether he wants to stay on. They won’t cut the manager’s contract short unless it’s by mutual agreement.
The board reportedly think that Wenger’s record at Arsenal means he’s earned the right to decide when he leaves. Based on quotes from the 68-year-old himself recently, that means he’ll stay on until 2019.
“I always respected my contracts, I would like to remind you,” the boss told beIN Sports last week. “I said no to all the clubs in the world, all the biggest clubs in the world to respect my contract. That’s always what I try to do.”
Wenger’s current contract doesn’t end until 2019, so if he plans to respect it, and the board won’t terminate it early, that’s how long he’ll stick around.
In fact, he could even remain in charge for longer, since we’ve heard no indications that this is his final deal. David Ornstein said in May that neither Arsenal nor Wenger necessarily saw his new deal as being his final contract.
Neither Arsenal nor Wenger see this definitely being his final contract – may be but equally might not. Depends what happens next 2yrs #AFC
— David Ornstein (@bbcsport_david) May 31, 2017
Clearly Arsenal’s form this year hasn’t changed their minds about cutting the current deal short.
Instead, if Wenger decides to stay, they’ll make the decision to renew or move on next season.
Who knows what could happen between now and then?