Arsene Wenger signed a new two-year Arsenal contract this week, but that does not mean he will refuse to leave before 2019 according to reports.
The Frenchman has been with the club since 1996, and has just suffered his worst league finishing position since joining the club, and has become the subject of strong criticism due to that.
Sections of Gunners fans were strongly urging Wenger to quit the club this summer, but their wishes were ignored, and he signed a new deal regardless.
Those #WengerOut fans should not be too disheartened if the latest speculation is true however, with Arsene supposedly having promised to leave should he fail to mount a serious title challenge this term.
The manager is believed to have agreed to step-down from his position if he cannot steer the club to meet their expectations for the coming season, with the two-year deal simply in place so that the saga which incurred for this term doesn’t occur once again this year.
Wenger is believed to have been told he must wrap up his transfer dealings early this summer, after a long drawn-out window in the close-season last year, and we are currently linked with untold numbers of top targets.
Much of our transfer business this summer will likely evolve around our negotiations with Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Aaron Ramsey, all of whom are entering the final 12 months of their contract at present.
Our manager has claimed that the superstar duo will stay beyond the coming window, but until the players return for pre-season, question marks and speculation will continue to rise.
Would Wenger really step-down next summer? Is this purely speculation? If this was proven to be a fact, would the protests have reason to calm?