I know this is a question that Arsenal fans have been debating since the beginning of the season, but we are very quickly approaching crunch time with just two games left in this very long but underwhelming campaign. It looked like Jack was desperate for a new offer to be put on the table up until Xmas but when it finally arrived he refused to sign it saying that “Things have changed.”
That could have meant that he didn’t like the terms on offer, or it could have been that he was told that Wenger was not going to be the manager next season, or perhaps he had refused a better offer from another club? I think it was the uncertainty about the manager as his latest statement said he wanted to talk to the new boss before deciding.
But this is what he said after the Burnley match when he was asked by whether it was different knowing it was Wenger’s final home game. Jack replied: “It was slightly. Me, I want to go out on a high as it’s the last home game of the season and we haven’t had a great season, but at home we’ve had a good season so we had to keep that going and we can give the fans some belief for next year. It’s a big year for us next year with a new manager, but it was about sending him off in the right way today.”
Notice he said “Me, I want to go out on a high.” But then he says “It’s a big year for us next year.” and then later in his comment he talks about missing out on the Champions League again, and says: “…Unfortunately we’ve slipped out of it again this year but we’re going to push for it next year.”
So what do you think? Does that sound like he has already spoken to the new boss and decided to stay? Or he is he just leaving us guessing yet again?