Arsene Wenger has been charged with getting Arsenal into the Champions League places every season, and the position has now been renamed as “The Wenger Cup”. Last season the Gunners just scraped into the Champions League, but now for the first time in 16 years it looks like this position could be in serious danger of slipping away from him.
The facile defeats to both Bradford and Blackburn in the two domestic Cups has left Arsenal fans bewildered by what is going on behind the seasons. In past years, even though Wenger regularly sold his best players, he still managed to motivate the remaining squad to excel during the season, but this motivating force seems to have deserted him and it could be that the once-great manager may resign at the end of eight trophyless seasons.
The rumour mills seem to be very convinced that David Moyes is being lined up to replace him after 11 years of improving weak teams at Everton, with very little funding. This summer his contract is due for renewal, and he is currently refusing to consider re-signing until the season is over.
“I want to see how we do in the cups, I want to see how we do in the league, and it’s more than likely I won’t make a decision until the end of the season,” said Moyes to the BBC on Friday.
“I’ll give as much as I can, but I’ve said – and I’ve spoken with the chairman – that I want to see how the team does.”
There seems to be some confidence that Moyes is simply waiting to see if Arsenal fail to make the top four, forcing Wenger to resign. The fact is that the Scotsman has been backed down to 6/1 favourite with Sky to be the next manager at the Emirates, ahead of Michael Laudrup and Jose Mourinho.
The question has to be asked as there is rarely smoke without fire!