For the Arsenal fans who are still firmly behind Arsene Wenger and believe that the long serving Frenchman is still the best man to be the manager of Arsenal Football Club, this will come as good news. And the way the planned protests at the end of last season turned out to be a damp squib proves that there are plenty of AKBs out there.
But we also know that there are plenty of Gooners on the other side of the fence and the WOB faction certainly seem to be the most vocal and noticeable, especially on social media. So I expect to see a lot of debate going on about the long term future of the club and our chances of winning any major trophy in the near future after the top Arsenal executive Ivan Gazidis dropped a bombshell about Wenger this week, as reported by Sky Sports.
We already knew that the prof was going to be allowed to see out the final year of his current contract without too much, if any, pressure from the Arsenal board. But Gazidis dropped a huge hint that the club was already planning on extending his stay past the end of next season.
He said, “He [Wenger] is in his mid-sixties, it’s natural to think about when his time here might come to an end, but the truth is nobody knows.
“He is in fantastic shape. He is deeply engaged and excited. One of the biggest challenges we will face is the transition, whenever it happens, but that is not something we are going to be facing imminently.
“Obviously, he is going to be managing us next year and we are planning and making many decisions for the long term.
“The reality is we wouldn’t leave things until the last minute. I’m comfortable both that if Arsene is going to extend we will know that and if, whenever that is, he is going to come to an end, that he will give us the time that we need to prepare for that transition.
“The relationship with Arsene is very deep. It will be done behind closed doors and we will have our transition plans well worked out.
“He has always put the long-term health of the club first. He wants to hand over a football club, whenever that it is, that is in great shape. He views that as a massively important part of his legacy.
“But we are just not in that mode. I know Arsene wouldn’t stay on if he thought the club wasn’t heading in a good direction and thought he wouldn’t be able to deliver what the fans want.”
I am not quite as sure as Gazidis about that, even though I am not one of the fans desperate for the boss to be replaced. However I do have to ask whether the undoubted stability that Wenger has brought is not being sacrificed for some real cut and thrust and the freshness that you see new managers bring to their new clubs. What do you guys think?
Wenger shld stay for the coming season…he’ll want to achieve somtin good with all d managers joining EPL next year….but after next season, he shld, for the clubs interest leave…he’s coaching style is outdated and he doesn’t seem to want to change…his stubbornness is legendary!!!…I’ll like simeone once he goes and I know pple sai he’s defensive coach but he only plays like dat against teams who boss possession… look at their UCL final match..they had more ball possession and attackd…btw is it bad to know how to defend as a team???…somtn we just can’t seem to do
It is, what it is…. A Damp squib!.. So there’s no point in moaning about it.
I heard that Arsenal are in the process of downloading Wengers brain before putting it into a clone we had grown over in one of our new facilities, and this is where the money has really been going all these years.
I can’t sleep …. I keep having nightmares that wenger is signing Vardy. ?
Surely this must be a Wenger tactic, to flush out our real target? …. It’s amazing how wenger has plans from A~Z with plenty of tactics when it comes to transfer dealings and the non- dealings, of course; like last summer ” we are working 24/7 on signing ?all , apart from Cech”
I’m hoping that Wenger’s escape plan from triggering Vardy’s release clause, would be to offer him half a Mars bar and a packet of cheese and onion crisps aweek, instead of money! ? I just pray that the crackhead doesn’t accept the offer ?.
Why is it that the Majority on Tweeter are shocked and dissapointed ( and thats putting it politely) with the news of Vardy to Arsenal.
Yet, the Majority on here, were over the moon! With the news! ???
Is it Desperation? … maybe! … Delusional? .. most definitely! ?
All Wenger fanboys?…. You better belive it! ???
What about… Iwobi, Sanchez, Vardy, Ozil?
I would say most of us are looking at the “Better than Giroud and Walcott” argument….
I don’t know if I agree with you or not but…….
it is funny.
I thought the response on here to vardy joining was about fifty fifty judging by the thumbs up and down
vardy isn’t bad if you ask me. we say he is a season wonder but same was said about kane last season but we all know what it is now. you want lukaku who play in a better team but has since failed to do a season of wonder. same goes for morata. if you talk of age, vardy still has atleast 2seasons to perform ultimally. so what is your argument people?
Meanwhile united are busy signing zlatan. Wenger and the board can sit here praising each other.
I thought that koemann was being lined up to replace wenger in a years time. There is lots of talk in the press of an offer from everton, double his wages plus £100m for transfers this summer in addition to the sale of lukaku.
It seems that most of our favourites to replace wenger are now managing in the PL for our close competitors, klopp, guardiola, pochettino.