While Arsene Wenger has been deftly side stepping the inevitable questions from the football press about his future as the manager of Arsenal Football Club, he has also suggested that the decision has been made. Many Arsenal fans believe that this means we will still have the Frenchman in charge next season but until it has been confirmed by the club or the man himself we are still guessing.
At least that was the case until today, when something Arsene said in his press conference ahead of tomorrow’s home clash with Championship bound Sunderland may have let the cat out of the bag. As reported by Sky Sports, Wenger had something to say about the newly crowned EPL champions Chelsea and their chances of winning it again next time around.
He said, “Chelsea have done well. Congratulations to them.
“But in the last two seasons, a team that hasn’t played in Europe has won the league.
“It will be a different season because they will have to play Saturday-Wednesday-Saturday due to Champions League matches.
“I feel in Spain, Real Madrid can win games by playing some at a lower percentage of the maximum than you can in England. Maybe they are, as well, better than us.
“Bayern is similar – they dominate the German championship in a very easy way.”
So he is saying that, as all the big teams will be involved in Europe next season the competition will be closer with both Chelsea and Liverpool losing the advantage of fewer fixtures. The thing for me is that Wenger is already talking about next season’s title fight as if he is involved in it and that says to me that he already knows he will be.
Add to that another press conference snippet reported by The Mirror in which the boss was asked about Arsenal missing out on the top four and how that would change things in the summer.
He replied, “I believe finishing outside the top four will not have any influence on how the club will be led and how we will operate on the transfer market.
“If we finish outside the top four it will be down to one point and one point will be hard to swallow.”
He has also admitted recently that he is already making plans for the summer and for the seaso9n to follow, so does anyone still doubt that Wenger will be the Arsenal manager after this year?