I think all Arsenal fans are in dire need of an announcement from Arsene Wenger (or the Board) with a definitive decision on whether Le Prof will still be the Arsenal manager next season or not. The suspense is killing us!
I think that everyone knows that now, and I am fully expecting to hear something very shortly, and I’ll explain why…. Ever since Wenger said after the West Brom debacle that he had made his mind up but hadn’t told anybody his decision, I have been keeping an eye on the bookies to see if there is any big movements in the “Wenger to be the Arsenal manager next season” market, simply because there is no such thing as a secret nowadays, and if the Boss has made his mind up you can bet your bottom dollar that someone else knows what it is and will tip off his mates on the quiet…
So this is what bookies were saying… Yesterday morning there was the report about Tony Pulis saying Wenger wanted to stay, and there were unconfirmed reports that he had agreed to sign a one-year contract to help with the transition to a new manager. Despite that a spokesman for Corals reported that they had priced Wenger at very short odds of 2/5 on to leave, and he was 7/4 to still be in charge next season.
By the afternoon, however, there had been a flood of money on Wenger staying and his price was reduced to 8/11 on to remain, and it was even money for him to refuse his new contract. I don’t know how much was wagered and I can’t wait to hear from the bookies again, but the fact is that the bet has now been taken off the market and they are not accepting any more bets on the outcome. This tells me that the they now know what the truth is, and with the amount of bets on Wenger to stay I think it is now obvious that that is the fact of the matter.
I don’t know how Wenger or the Board are going to get the message across to the Arsenal fans as it will cause a meltdown on the internet, but I am afraid that we are just going to have to live with it for at least another year….
When Wenger was asked if he would leave if Arsenal didn’t finish in the Top Four.. “My decision will not necessarily be linked with that because I’ve done the top four 20 times. It’s more, it’s not that,”
“I take a bigger perspective than that. It’s not the last result that will decide what I will do.
“I don’t want to judge. I’m judged enough and I’m not a judge so I can’t answer.
“Everybody in life is responsible for his own behaviour. I’m responsible for my own behaviour. I don’t judge other people.
“I give my best. As long as I am at the club, whether that is for two more years, 10 more years or four more months, that will not be different. As for all the rest, everybody has to look at themselves.”