Well, the good news this week is that Arsenal seem to have sealed the deal to bring in the Schalke left-back Sead Kolasinac to the Emirates, with a four-year deal said to have been agreed after the player rejected a new contract at the Veltins-Arena. Every source of note in the English media has reported that a deal has been concluded for the player to move to the Emirates in January.
However, the bad news is that the under-fire Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger, looks set to continue at the helm for next season. The various media reports that confirmed Arsenal’s capture of the Bosnian international also highlighted that the Bundesliga star is joining the Gunners based on the assurance that Arsene Wenger will continue to be in-charge of the side. In fact, the reports also claim that all the players who are re-negotiating terms with the North London side are being being told that Wenger will also sign a new deal. To cap it off, I’ve just checked my android sportsbooks and none of them are even taking bets on Wenger to stay any more, so even the bookies are certain it’s a done deal.
Despite many fans, pundits and even former players calling for his head, it appears as though the Frenchman will be given more time by the club’s management. It is no secret that the Arsenal players want Wenger to stay as well, with star man Mesut Ozil even admitting recently that Wenger’s future will be a huge factor in his decision on signing new terms with the Gunners. With the veteran manager staying on, there is every chance that most players who are in talks at the moment will sign on new terms, although Sanchez is still a doubt.
But the problem here is that Arsenal are continuing to stick to the same mediocre manager who will convince the same mediocre players to stay. If we are to move forward as a club, surely some world-class signings have to be made and that includes a world-class manager. But since a new manager doesn’t seem to be on the cards any time soon, one can only hope that the manager we are stuck with will invest the reported £200 million warchest and bring in top-quality reinforcements ahead of the new campaign.