Arsenal are having a tough season, there is no doubt about it, but the Spanish champions Real Madrid seem to be in meltdown, with rumours of cliques and warring factions in the dressing room, indiscipline on the pitch and injuries decimating the team. They are 15 points behind their great rivals Barcelona, who they also face in the semi-final of the Spanish cup.
Jose Mourinho is the man responsible for this state of affairs and the fans are letting him know it. The special one hardly ventures out of his dugout at home games now because of the whistles and jeers of the home fans when he does. Spanish newspaper Marca, usually the Madrid supporting newspaper, has waded in this week with a story the Iker Casillas and Sergio Ramos, the two captains of the side, had a meeting with the president Perez and let him know that the players wanted Mourinho out.
Perez and the players have denied the story, but Marca have produced text messages they claim to be from a Madrid player that prove their side of the story. The upshot is that Mourinho is almost guaranteed to leave the club in summer, and the Mirror reports that Wenger is the man lined up to replace him.
Presidents of Spanish clubs have to stand for election and Madrid’s is in the summer. Perez has told friends, apparently, that he is confident of luring the Frenchman to the Bernabeu. Madrid have tried to sign Wenger before, as they see him as able to rebuild the club and get it producing young talent in the same way as Barcelona do. Madrid fans are upset with Mourinho for his attitude to reporters as well as his brand of football. They see themselves as a well behave and respected club and feel that Mourinho has damaged that, but Wenger could repair the damage.
Le Prof has always said that he would not walk out on his contract which lasts until 2014, but it could be done with the blessing of the board. If it happens, who would you like to be the new head of the Gunners?