WHAT DRIVES WENGER? by AO
I was having a discussion with my fellow Arsenal fans in Nigeria about what drives Le Boss and why he signed a new three year contract. If he wasn’t motivated anymore, I believe retiring after winning the FA Cup last season would have been the best time possible for him to have made an exit, as all Arsenal fans were happy with him at the time, but yet he signed a new three year contract with the same wages.
People argue that his motivation is money, but I doubt it. He has been on the same salary for at least the last two seasons and will be on that same salary for the next three. He could have gotten far better wages at Real Madrid or PSG when they wanted him. Or even possibly for France with a much less workload, so I seriously doubt that he is motivated to stay at Arsenal because of his high wages.
Another argument is that he is content with his job security and doesn’t want to move to another club where he could be sacked at any time. I doubt this also because as much as he has job security here at Arsenal, I doubt a 65 year old manager with his resumé is concerned about job security.
The only motivation I can see for Wenger to sign a new three year contract is his belief and desire that Arsenal can win something major in that time. And by major, I mean the Champions league. He is showing more ambition than he has shown in the last 8 seasons prior by the signings of Alexis Sanchez and Mesùt Özil. He isn’t selling his players anymore. By keeping Cazorla, Podolski and Campbell at the start of the season, Wenger showed us the club’s ambition this season. Why the season hasn’t gone as planned is another discussion, but I do believe that Wenger wants to win again and that fighting for 4th spot is not his goal anymore.
I see Wenger doing with Arsenal what Pep did with Barcelona. Arsenal will dominate Europe for a few years once Wenger’s Jigsaw puzzle is complete. This club will be feared by all by the time Wenger chooses the retire. Then plans will be made for his statue…
And then I’ll wake up!