Arsene Wenger has again dismissed rumours that he could take over at Paris Saint Germain and insisted that he is focused on putting Arsenal’s house back in order following a difficult start to the season which sees the Gunners trailing 15 points behind leaders Manchester United.
Wenger, alongside Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola, has been strongly mooted in the French press as a possible replacement for Carlo Ancelotti with the big-spending Parc des Princes outfit finding it tough to live up to their billing as favourites for the Ligue 1 title.
Speaking to Eurosport for his weekly blog, Wenger backed the Italian coach to win over his doubters in Paris while urging the club’s Qatari owners to show patience.
“The PSG directors should stay patient because they have a good staff, a great team, and several exceptional players. But when you have superstars in your team, you expect unconsciously that these players will always make the difference.
“I cannot see them dismissing [Ancelotti].Firstly, because time is necessary for the coach; secondly, we shouldn’t pretend to the players that if results are not forthcoming immediately that it is the coach’s fault and not theirs.
“Also, it’s important that when a great club is confronted with a difficult period that they show solidity in order to create a collective strength.”
Reflecting on the tittle-tattle linking big names with a move to the dugout in Paris, he continued:
“I don’t know [about Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho being linked with the PSG job]. For me, the most credible candidate is Ancelotti, the man in the job.
“I have also been linked with the job. But I’ve already got a job and I’m trying at this moment to re-establish the order of my “own house” because everything is not all right there. I’m concentrated on that, and nothing else.
“PSG did not contact me, and I think they should support Ancelotti. For my part, I must show loyalty to my employers, my club and my contract. I still have one and half years of work to do at Arsenal.”
That should draw an emphatic line under a story which has been boring from the start. Many may disagree with the decisions the boss has made in recent seasons but for all the criticism he has remained steadfastly loyal to the club and his own philosophy. It’s tough not to be impressed by that.
Of course, they’ll be those who’ll highlight Wenger’s big wage packet at the Emirates, but you can be sure as hell that doubling, tripling or even quadrupling what he’s on would not be an obstacle for PSG. It’s worth bearing in mind before trying to beat him with that line of argument…