Wenger drops latest contract hint

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Arsene Wenger continues to play cat and mouse with the media on the subject of his future revealing he already knows whether or not he’ll pen a new contract at Arsenal.

Refusing to confirm reports that he has agreed a three-year extension at the club he has managed since 1996 the boss toyed with assembled media at his pre-Fulham press conference by leaving his comments open to interpretation.

“There is always a point where you have to decide, of course,” he said.

“There is a point where you have to decide and there is a point where you have to make your decision public. You can take that sentence the way you want it!”

With Wenger happy to confirm that progress was being made in negotiations with defensive duo Bacary Sagna and Per Mertesacker he also playfully confirmed that any new recruits would be kept in the loop about his own circumstances.

“I will talk to them, don’t worry,” he added.

The boss also took the time to reflect on comments made by Chief Commercial Officer Tom Fox who stated on Thursday that Arsenal remain unable to compete in the transfer market with the likes of Manchester City and Chelsea.

“In terms of their resources no [we can’t compete] because they have unlimited resources, but with our resources available, we are ready to fight,” he said.

Making clear that competing on the pitch and in the transfer window are separate issues, he continued: “The reality is that on Saturday afternoon at 3pm, that is when you can perform and when we have an opportunity to convince people that we are serious about what we want to achieve.”

“For me, it has always been tough. So that is nothing new,” he said. “It is maybe a bit tighter and you have more teams who fight for the title.

“Every team after the previous season analyses that season and tries to improve. The financial resources available are very strong in England for most of the teams and that explains why it is tighter.”

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Gooneron
Gooneron

Well since his contract situation is a hot topic, he sure did drop it like it’s hot.

lolcat
lolcat

Hijack top comment!!! All look at this pic – Agent Per working on our transfers.
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GoonaDownUnder
GoonaDownUnder

It’s Smoooooth Sailing from here on in with Per on deck to fix up all our German Vunderkids.

the only sam is nelson
the only sam is nelson

AW = the most important contract extension at the club

Perry S.
Perry S.

here fucking here!

Unnecessarilystupid
Unnecessarilystupid

Pedantry corner here; it’s “hear fucking hear!”

Dr Baptiste
Dr Baptiste

I think he means ‘here’ as in ‘right here’ as in ‘this’ but I may be wrong….

Arsepedant
Arsepedant

Dammit, that’s my job!

yz
yz

sign la ting professeur!

Indonesian Gooner
Indonesian Gooner

I can’t fathom Arsenal without that charming, wrinkled Alsatian. Please stay on Arsene!

SB
SB

I like the way AW toys with the media who are looking for some contract/transfer meat. Often leaves them wondering “has me told me something or not” & then end up making conflicting headlines – the headless chickens!

Nathan Vann
Nathan Vann

I can’t believe that he would decide to walk away from the club he loves so much now (even for a new challenge) when we seem to be at the start of what should be a very exciting period for us.

I for one can’t wait to see his smiling face lifting a major trophy again. He deserves it.

Comedian
Comedian

All other signings depends on his signature. Also the future signing depends on his signing. Please sort these signings so we dont have to sing “Sign da thing”.

Rad Carrot
Rad Carrot

Unpopular opinion warning!

I wouldn’t be massively upset if Le Prof leaves.

He’s undoubtedly done wonders at the club and is the main reason we have a shiny new stadium, we’re financially sound and we’ve had… What? 16 years of uninterrupted CL football? He’s been a terrific manager, better than old red nose by a country mile given his limited resources. And yes, Of course I’d like him to stay on for a few more years, to finish what he started with this new squad he’s built.

But he’s still Wenger. I can’t fathom why he sold van cuntface to our PL rivals. I still don’t believe he didn’t try and get Higuain for a few more million. He’s stuck with players who are under performing, and made questionable purchases in recent years. He’s our war-time manager who kept us in it while we had nothing to work with, but now that the belt can be loosened slightly, I’m genuinely worried that he’s too scared to buy the big names that could keep us competitive. Ozil was a great purchase, but I’m concerned that could be the only big name we sign.

Put simply, if he does walk away at the end of the season, it will be massively sad, and we must always be eternally grateful for what he’s done. But it wouldn’t be a disaster. There are a dozen managers out there who could keep the Arsenal going and who would give their right arm to be in charge of a squad like ours.

mjc1892
mjc1892

You pretty much answered your own question there. Seeing with United this year just how difficult maintaining champions league places is in the current climate (though admittedly until Abramovic it was unlikely United or Arsenal would ever drop out).
Every manager in the world has dud transfers, and every manager persists with players that do not necessarily possess the skill to make it (see Mourinho mk. 1 at Chelsea with Hilario in goal, Ferguson with Cleverly, Mancini with Savic, to name a few), but Wenger- as close to single handidly as is possible- has given us one of the top stadiums in the world, ever increasing commercial revenues and some pretty good memories, to say the least. That might sound a bit like an Ivan Gazidis press conference, but it’s also undeniable.
I’d also like to know your potential replacements, as choosing a manager isn’t quite as easy as some people seem to think. Everyone thought Moyes was incredible for his achievements at Everton, yet Martinez has gone in and improved them while Moyes is now having a shit time at United. Feasibly, Martinez could move onto a bigger club (he’d be one of my choices for post-Wenger, in fairness) and make an absolute hash of it.
Not disputing your opinion, as everyone’s entitled to it, but to say there’s a dozen managers out there who could do the same job and are available is just not true.

Rad Carrot
Rad Carrot

FG – I don’t always agree with what you write, but I definitely recognise you as being an extremely passionate Gooner. You’re not some troll desperate for attention, you give clear, well-thought out opinions that are often unpopular but that doesn’t make them any less true. I don’t mind being thumbed-down for my comment – I knew it wouldn’t be particularly welcome, considering we’re top of the league and all!

mjc – Yeah, I get what you’re saying, and I certainly don’t think that a new manager could just waltz in and everything would be hunky-dory – it would be terrifying for all of us, I get that. I’m also not advocating a ‘Wenger out’ attitude – if he signs a new deal, then that’s brilliant, as I’m sure that will add to the stability of the club. I would say that to compare this situation with salford utd is not correct – old red nose left with the full knowledge that he was leaving a sinking ship, with aging players not replaced properly. With us, it’s very different – we’ve got plenty of young twenty-somethings with their best years very much ahead of them, even though they are world class right now (let’s not forget, Ozil just turned 25!)

I also agree that many managers are the same as Wenger in their poor acquisitions, but the difference is that Wenger doesn’t seem to have the willingness to buy – and buy big – when the situation demands it, when his risky buys don’t turn out to be the stars we want them to be.

Point is, whatever happens, Wenger is likely to be gone from this club by the time players such as Wilshere and Ramsey are hitting their true prime years. He’s probably only got, what, 4 years left in him? This would be the last contract he signs, I’d wager. One way or another, we do need to start thinking about his replacement now, however uncomfortable that might make us. And besides, this is just my opinion on a fan site – not something that’s likely to even be seen by the club!

I’d loved to be proved wrong on this, by the way – I’d love for Wenger to sign a new deal, for him to spend and spend big (and wisely) to turn us into contenders for years to come. I’d be the first to admit I was wrong – but until that happens, until the squad is fully reinforced, until we don’t have players such as Park sitting on the bench who hasn’t been trusted to start a game for over a year, I’ll be nervous.

Dr Baptiste
Dr Baptiste

The thing people forget is that a new manager will have to prove himself either in the PL and/or (if they’re already here) at one of the biggest clubs. This is going to put players off (see United’s attempts at just buying bin bags in the summer).

What you want is for Wenger to get a team capable to at least competing for the title (we’ll see what happens after this season) and then we can start thinking about the long term. Also, it’s got to be someone who’s going to be happy with the current backroom staff and not just get rid to get his own in.

There’s a reason United are in 7th and that’s because you’ve got Moyes, who won’t be able to sign big name players right now and he’s changed a title winning backroom to one that has won nothing.

Changing manager isn’t going to be as simple as just ‘see you later’ if we still want to be at least near the top, well I personally don’t think it is.

I’m a massive fan of this club and I’m a massive fan of Wenger and what h’se achieved and can still achieve and while I don’t think he’s untouchable, I think fans need to really think about the potential implications of him leaving right now. At 64 he’s got at least 5/6 years in him (more if he feels as healthy as he claims) where potential players are going to see the stability and consistency at the club. I’d personally then move him upstairs where I’d hope he’d help a manager settle in rather than have his shadow looming over them like Ferguson.

Rad Carrot
Rad Carrot

Certainly not saying that having a new manager in would be fine – I understand it would be massive turmoil and cause a lot of disruption of the club.

But it IS going to happen, and relatively soon. By 2020 Arsene won’t be around at manager level any more, and I don’t want to see us go the same way as the plastic mancs. That’s the point I’m making – it would actually be less of a disaster to lose Wenger now, rather than for us to have spent all our money on ten low quality £10m signings and to lose him in 4-5 years.

This is NOT to say I don’t respect the guy massively – I really do. But he has yet to prove himself with a large budget in today’s age, and until he does, I’m wary.

Chaplin35
Chaplin35

Have to disagree with you here. For clubs like us or manure changing managers is a massive deal. Both clubs are used to being run by 1 manager for a number of years and changing that man will disrupt a lot in those clubs. Take citeh or chavskis, or smaller clubs like sp*rs, changing managers for those clubs is not a big deal, players, staff, fans, they are all used to seeing new faces every couple of years.

Fatgooner
Fatgooner

See how it feels to be like me?

I actually agree with most of what you’ve just said. It’s a shame that so many of our fans can’t think outside the box. I’ll say it again for the thousandth time: can we do better than Wenger? The answer is, of course, ‘yes’.

You could argue that Le Prof has done great to keep us in the top four throughout these rocky times – but what about now? We have a great team – built by Wenger – but we’ll probably fall just short of winning the title because our French genius failed to do the one thing that he absolutely had to do last summer and buy a top-quality striker. Ferguson, Maureen or any other top manager would not have made that mistake.

And remember: Wenger is 64: he’s coming to the end of his career. A change now wouldn’t be a disaster: we would just be acting ahead of the curve.

We have a 95% manager – what we need is a 100% one. That could make all the difference.

mjc1892
mjc1892

I don’t think it’s thinking outside the box. Everyone is aware of our shortcomings over the past few years, but to doubt Wenger is unfair. He should be allowed the chance to have a fair crack at the big boys one last time, people seem to forget that we said 7-8 years ago that for 7-8 years we’d have to be careful financially. Which we have. And now Wenger’s taken us back to the top of the league. Noone’s suggesting that he’s untouchable just for sentiments sake, but I’d like to see him bow out on a high more than anything.

Dr Baptiste
Dr Baptiste

“failed to do the one thing that he absolutely had to do last summer and buy a top-quality striker. Ferguson, Maureen or any other top manager would not have made that mistake” you’re right but as shown, Ferguson couldn’t buy a top quality midfielder if he walked into Old Trafford and stood there while he waited to be noticed while Maureen has relied on Terry for both his appointments but never replaced him with a good defender.

Every manager has their blind spot.

Mills (The other one)
Mills (The other one)

I also didn’t realise Eto’o was top qulity, Maureen clearly knows more than I …

Paul S
Paul S

‘can we do better than Wenger? The answer is, of course, ‘yes’.’

‘We have a 95% manager – what we need is a 100% one.’

You say these things as if they are immutable facts but they have no basis whatsoever. Who/what is a 100% manager?

‘Ferguson, Maureen or any other top manager would not have made that mistake.’

Except Chelsea didn’t sign a top-quality striker, and even loaned out a potentially top striker. Their three strikers have scored fewer than Giroud on his own in the league and Mourinho has repeatedly moaned about them struggling due to lack of cutting edge up front.
So, in Mourinho’s case at least, yes he would and did make that mistake.

jack jack jack
jack jack jack

If Wenger isn’t a ‘100% manager’ (whatever the fuck that means) then I don’t know who is. The guy is a giant, a master, and other clubs envy what we have here at Arsenal. One day we’ll have to live without him, but we’d be mad to get rid of him while he still wants to stay and win things and still has the fire in his belly. That would be bonkers.

Miranda
Miranda

The answer to the question of whether we could do better than Wenger is of course, it depends . . .

First it depends on who is appointed, and it’s worth noting that US owners don’t have a good record on this. They lack the knowledge of European football and the network of contacts built up over years. They tend to go British, perhaps because that’s all they and their advisors have heard of, perhaps because they believe it will go down well with the English media and fans. Villa, Liverpool and most recently United have all made poor, sometimes catastrophic British appointments. Do you trust Kroenke to do better?

Second, it depends on what you want from the manager – one who guarantees safety or one with risky ambitions. Wenger has been brilliant on the safety front and in my view will continue to keep us in the top four. As for whether he’s the best man to take us forward to a higher level I’m not so sure. Our CL performances haven’t been improving in recent years, rather the opposite, with last season’s failure to top an exceptionally easy group a particular nadir. I don’t see us reaching even a semi again anytime soon, which given our financial clout we probably ought to be doing.

Gazidis made a very pretty speech a couple of years ago about league titles not being good enough for us now and the aim was to push on. I doubt, however, whether Kroenke is similarly filled with dreams of glory in Europe. I doubt he’s even heard of the CL, let alone fallen for its romance. I said yesterday that there are signs of a culture of non-ambition seeping into the club – it’s not the club it was twenty years ago with the old board in charge – and that there ought to be more pressure on Wenger to perform within the available budget. More pressure and more support.

Last summer’s window exemplifies the lack of support. The seeming lack of clear targets, the failure to address our weaknesses, the dithering over Higuain, the wild goose chase over Suarez: I don’t blame Wenger for his moment of madness – Suarez is a wonderful player, anyone would be tempted – but what in God’s name were Gazidis and co thinking about to allow him to make that bid without getting the relevant clause first checked out by our lawyers? A bit of caution, a bit of efficiency and we could have made a sensible bid – 50m might even have done it- or at the very least saved ourselves from getting egg on our face. An owner who was more involved with the football, more knowledgeable and ambitious would never have tolerated the muddles of last summer’s window.

But Wenger is the perfect manager for Kroenke whose hopes for the club are rather different from most of ours. His only concern is that his investment retains its value and that he retains total control. He’d like trophies naturally, and the revenue that comes with them, but not enough for him to be willing to cooperate with his massively richer and more interested co-owner. Usmanov would invest in the squad; he watches the football, he’s involved and ambitious. But for obvious reasons Kroenke won’t allow him to put money in or have any say in our running. No point blaming Kroenke for this. In his shoes I do just the same. But what it means is that the question of whether we could do better than Wenger now or ever in the future is entirely irrelevant. As fans of Kroenke’s US teams point out, success on the pitch and their happiness isn’t a priority in the Kroenke empire. So long we remain in the top four or thereabouts Wenger is keeping Kroenke’s investment safe to hand on to his son, to leverage, to sell, as the need may arise, and that as far as Kroenke is concerned is all that’s important. For this reason the job is Wenger’s for the rest of his life if he wants it.

Mark Hughes
Mark Hughes

This financial clout/available budget you speak of; is this the new financial clout just gained with new sponsorship deals that allowed the purchase of Flamini and the now constant rumours of Draxler? Or the financial clout that made sure Arsene had to make a profit to go against the stadium debt and generally required selling one of the more valuable players, while buying within a small bracket to keep at least a small net profit.

There is a reason that during Arsene’s reign, the net spend was around £20million over the last 16 years (not taking into account the transfers from this summer). Players were bought at the start of his career, the financial constraints came in with the stadium and he had to make a profit and now money is being spent again.

Mark Hughes
Mark Hughes

I didn’t mean Flamini, I meant Ozil…. Whoops, that makes it sound like Wenger has just slipped back into his old ways

Miranda
Miranda

If we’re to believe Gazidis, money has always been available to Wenger, even before the new sponsorship deals. We’re the only big club in Europe to have had a transfer surplus for years. We weren’t forced to sell Cesc, Nasri, Henry, Hleb, Song, Van Persie, etc. so as to make a profit to to finance the stadium debt – those players went because they wanted to. Of course the stadium debt placed limits on our spending but it was budgeted for from our our other revenue sources without any need to sell our key players each summer, and it will continue to be. It will actually be with us till 2032. Check out Swiss Ramble, especially the articles two and three years back which asked whether Arsenal could afford NOT to spend. Check out the AST’s annual financial reports.

Miranda
Miranda

You finish by saying that money is now being spent again, as though you think that is a good thing. I’m not so sure.

Looking at Wenger’s more expensive purchases in the last decade or so, I’d say they have been less successful on the whole than his cheaper ones. Reyes and Arshavin didn’t work out as great value, nor did Santos at 11m. Only Sagna, who was quite pricey for a full back, has been well worth the money. Otherwise it’s been the moderately cheap – Monreal, Giroud, Cazorla, Mertesacker and especially Koscielny – who’ve proved the best value, only bettered by very cheap, young players who cost pennies or nothing at all: Cesc, Song, Clichy, Van Persie, Toure, Gibbs, Szczesny, Wilshere, etc., the list goes on and on. With this history, I’d suggest that Wenger is at his best in the transfer market when spotting and nurturing young talent, and that he knows it. I’d rather he bought Ntep than splurged 40m.

You write as though you imagine I’m critical of Wenger. Far from it, I like him and want him to stay. But what I like is neither here or there – this was my point – it’s what Kroenke likes that matters. Of our ownership situation, yes, of that I’m ultra-critical. I think Kroenke is too ignorant and uninvolved to contribute anything to us and his professed admiration for the methods of the Glazers and refusal to give any undertaking not to emulate them is worrying in the extreme.

The man who would be bling
The man who would be bling

His tools have changed. You don’t go from a great manager to a fair one, football has changed, not Wenger. Go ahead, rave about your Klopps, Guardiolas and Contes; they would have the intelligence and recognition of of great football coaching to know that Wenger is the manager who has changed English football more than any other in the modern era. Ferguson? Great man manager, but a pragmatist, not a philosopher. Mourinho? Contractor and architect of financial power over trust and optimism in unknown talent and youth. The Premier League pre Wenger was staid, strong and conservative. Wenger didn’t just bring a philosophy of positive, proactive football, he changed the approaches to training, scouting, economics, diet and many other things. He brought some of the best players ever to have played in European football like Viera, Henry, Pires and Cesc. And because he works for a company that has had to tighten its belt financially, which has prohibited his success for a number of years, giving a great manager less tools to work in what is still a money based enterprise, we should just say goodbye. If he never wins another trophy for Arsenal again, to me he would still be given the chance the wring every drop of potential he has until he retires; he has given us more than we ever dreamed, we owe him something in return. He is not a mercenary, he loves Arsenal, and we love him (the best ones, anyway), the coach, the man, the way. Done.

DL Gooner
DL Gooner

He does have he’s idiosyncrasy’s, but that comes with genius.

THERE’S ONLY ONE ARSENE WENGER!

Swede Goon
Swede Goon

I would not care to meet you.

Possession
Possession

In Arsene I trust. Don’t know about you Mr Carrot.

Rad Carrot
Rad Carrot

But that’s the thing about being a supporter – had I left that comment in the Summer, or after the first game of the season, it would have been massively supported. But fair enough – a lot of fans don’t agree with me, and that’s not a big deal.

I don’t trust Arsene, that’s the thing. I used to love him, I used to support him whatever crazy notion he had, but I gave myself strict instructions to see how the Summer before last went (2012) – he failed. And then, once he lost to Bradford with his first team, that was enough for me.

Seems silly I know, considering the team is riding high at the moment – and I’m loving that – but I’m also all too aware that it can all come crashing down around us in a matter of weeks. Not saying this will happen, but if we lose all the games to the top teams in March, then we’ll likely be in sixth spot. Suddenly, the need for a striker and a defender will be a lot more obvious.

I dunno. Wenger just seems to love playing life in ‘hard mode’ – it’s almost as if he looks at his squad and goes, “Aha! They think that I need a new striker/centre-back? Well I shall show them – I will win the league without buying anyone, and then everyone will love me even more!” And then it doesn’t happen, and then we get sad. Funnily enough, everyone apart from my Gooner mates agree with me on this – and I’m worried that fans are almost a little too sentimental of Wenger to realise that he’s not infallible.

Having said that, top of the league motherfuckers. Oh yeah.

The man who would be bling
The man who would be bling

Thank god you are not in a position of power

Norfbank
Norfbank

Mr Wenger has a 24 carat gold attitude. Those are rare in life, let alone in football. If he doesn’t stay he will be dearly missed.

Rambling Pete
Rambling Pete

Like many of you I hope he signs on again. I do understand people who have reservations about him staying but I still think he’s the best man for the job by miles. Any of the potential candidates, like Klopp, are tied down to long deals so I think we sticking with Arsene is the best idea. And all of a sudden someone like Laudrup doesn’t seem such a good idea considering where Swansea are this season. That is to say, Swansea is where it has always been. It’s very, very rare for an entire town to move to a completely different location. Imagine the mayhem that would cause commuters and postmen. They wouldn’t know which way to be cycling. One minute there’s a defined route, the next there’s just empty space. And that’s the other consideration, if the town moved would there be just land or some kind of vortex where it was previously. Or, the location it moved to could transported. Like geological swapsies. These are the kind of issues that keep me awake at night.

Vino
Vino

Really fantastic how his press conferences are available free on Arsenal’s website now. He’s obviously agreed terms, just waiting to see how the season pans out before confirming it seems.

The only Olivier is Giroud
The only Olivier is Giroud

Come on Arséne… he’s the one person in the worl who deserves to enjoy a few seasons of lesser financial restraint. The thought of him leaving… 🙁

Aaron Roco
Aaron Roco

Guys, get a grip, he’s not going anywhere.

J0hnire
J0hnire

Diego Simeone, Roberto Martinez or Dragan Stojkovic ( because Wenger believes he should be his replacement ) are my three choices to take over at Arsenal when Wenger retires.

I can’t imagine an Arsenal without him because I haven’t witnessed it in my lifetime and it is a scary thought. But it will happen someday, I just hope that someday will be when he retires. So sign the contract Wenger and stop toying with my heart!

AllGunsABlazin
AllGunsABlazin

Anybody also notice his sly little “I’ve never heard of Mikel Arteta” smile during the press conference question regarding Draxler?

Wenger knows…

Savage
Savage

I know there are positions that need strengthening, but if we got Draxler this window, I’d be 100% satisfied with our business.

Shea
Shea

He’ll stay. He’s finally got a team together that all love the club again, he’s got rid of the scumbags like nasri an RVp. An he’s now got a stable squad who look like staying together with the potential money to bring in new players, why would he now leave an let someone take over all that hard work.

Doug
Doug

It’s great to have the consistency of the same manager for 20+ years (assuming he does renew). The man has done great things for the Arsenal and I look forward to the next couple years!

KT
KT

No matter how it ends (and some day it will, as all good things do), I will always look up to this man as a mentor, pioneer, visionary and father figure. Someone whose players feel lucky to have played under him. We love you Arsene, we do!

Hutch
Hutch

I am 40 now and am relatively new to Arsenal.
I started watching them seriously in the 2007/8 season, where we played probably the best football in a season since I started watching.
If Arsene wasn’t at the helm during the last 16 years (let alone the last six), there would be no Arsenal in my heart.
I know he will be departing at some point but boy will I dread that day when it happens. The guy is an absolute legend.
In Arsene We Trust.

The man who would be bling
The man who would be bling

I am too young to remember pre Wenger Arsenal. I don’t mind too much. People who say ‘Wenger out’ are embarrassing to me. It’s like dissing your parents when they can’t afford to buy you a present one year.

WengersNoseHair
WengersNoseHair

Some people act like managing a football club is like doing a 20 piece puzzle. Simply being a manager in the PL, one of only 20 in one of the top leagues, means you are one of the best football managers in the world, and look how heavily criticised most of them are.

Every manager makes mistakes, obviously, and some of you pounce on Wengers mistakes to push an agenda that he isn’t good enough, or that he should leave. Are you absolutely perfect in your job? Do random people in the street tell you to quit your job every time you slip up?

You cannot on the one hand admit that the stadium debt has hindered us in the transfer market, and at the same time criticise the club for buying players within their budget, or selling players when we are short on money.

Also, Rad Carrot, you admit we have recently put the stadium debt is behind us, but doubt we can spend big. Firstly, you are not basing this criticism on any evidence, because you yourself cite the purchase of Ozil. In other words, in the short time that we have had money to go big, we have actually gone big, and yet somehow you insist that for some vague reason Wenger won’t spend big, when necessary, in the future.

Another thing is, even though we have more money now, we all know we will never compete with the oilers. Any imbecile can manage a club with infinite resources. We can still compete, and have, by developing players in the Arsenal mould, e.g. Wilshere, and occasionally spending big. Managing a squad is one thing, but running, maintaining it, developing, growing, and competing with the oilers is something very few, if any, managers can do, and Wenger does it with aplomb.

I can’t think of any manager that has moved a club to a new world class stadium with top facilities and staff, while competing with two new billionaire clubs, and staying in the top four on a meagre budget. Fifty years from now everyone will acknowledge Wenger as a genius for doing it. Really, staying in the top four is massively important. Just look how easily Liverpool dropped out, and how difficult it’s been to get back in, they basically took a gamble on Suarez and got very lucky. And without that CL certainty it’s impossible to sign top players like Ozil.

I have no doubt Wenger is one of the greatest managers ever. My only concern is his replacement. He needs to bring his successor in so he can start tutoring and moulding him. Maybe Bould is the man? But it’s extremely important, as we see with Manure.

The man who would be bling
The man who would be bling

Yes.

Dial square
Dial square

I have absolutely no doubt that when he does leave, he already knows who will take over from him….

Mark Hughes
Mark Hughes

*blushes* Well, we have spoken but I don’t know……

Double canister
Double canister

Hahahahaha Sparkie!

Igor Stepanov's career
Igor Stepanov's career

The next Arsenal Manager sits in the Arsenal dugout every weekend.

It’s blindingly obvious that Bould is being lined up and so after 2 more years of being Arsene’s assistant Steve will get the role.

Merlin's Panini
Merlin's Panini

Bould has stated before that he prefers to be in the background. That was before he took the number 2 job, and was saying he was happy as youth team coach, so I guess it’s possible but I wouldn’t count on it.

The Artist formerly known as DangerMouse
The Artist formerly known as DangerMouse

Ha ha. Mark Hughes, you come out with some funny ones.

Mesut Özil
Mesut Özil

When I signed, my pre-condition was nobody but Professor will stay on and mentor me at this critical juncture of my career and he told me he is going nowhere.

Andreas
Andreas

LANS!

Ghana Gunner
Ghana Gunner

Wenger wont leave Arsenal. He will stay on. He wont do to Özil what Alex Fegurson did to RVP. He’s classy and he knows what he can still achieve with the Arsenal. If Wenger will leave, it would be to a better club. But which club is better than Arsenal?? Show me one. Wenger knows all these and that more reasons why he will sign on. Now, lets scoop the treble. #Gunners4Life

Pearson
Pearson

There is no such thing as a “better” club than The Arsenal.
It does not exist.

Merlin's Panini
Merlin's Panini

A triumvirate of Wenger, Sagna and Mertesacker all signing new contracts at the same time would be a real shot in the arm. Mertesacker deserves a payrise because he really is one of the best in the country right now. Sagna should be rewarded for coming back to form and his unwavering loyalty to the shirt. Wenger really deserves the chance to push this team forward because this season could prove a springboard to even greater things if it goes as well as it has so far.

santori
santori

Likely, he will wait till he is 99% sure he will win something this season.

His preference will be to stay on.

This is a club he is in full control of and molding its destiny. This team he has restructured has been ongoing for last 3 seasons and is just about to bear fruit. Nor is it an aging squad rather has potential to dominate for a good stretch coming up if rightly directed.

Why leave?

OTOH, knowing the man he is, he would likely want to dictate his succession and finesse it in better way than how Ferguson left United (with Moyes)

Bottom line, this club is Wenger’s baby, he won’t leave it unless he is certain it is in good hands.

Many possible candidates for an eventual successor. They should share similar ethos to Wenger. Blanc comes to mind. Laudrup. Deschamp maybe (albeit his fortunes have dipped). Also several prospective ex players who may be in more active management shortly so it makes sense to hold on in that respect.

Fatgooner
Fatgooner

@Miranda:

Thanks for your posts, they are always very interesting and informative. I understand everything that you’ve said and agree that it’s Kroenke who really matters; but anybody who thinks that we can just keep on maintaining the status quo (if that’s what the American does) is wrong. In football you either go forwards or you go backwards. We are in a strong position right now and a couple of quality players could take us over the line and transform us into champions instead of also-rans. If we continue to fail on the pitch then this team will break up (because the best players always want medals) and eventually we will drop out of the top four. But if we win a major trophy, and then build on it, then this could be the beginning of a golden period for the club.

That’s why Wenger, Kroenke, Sir Chips and anybody who cares about the club should be doing everything to ensure that we are successful on the pitch. Financially, and in every other way, it is the most important thing right now.

gunnergeorge
gunnergeorge

Van pussy sold cos he wanted to go and was always always injured. Song Adebayor and Nasri sold cos we were offered huge money for over rated players that could easily be replaced. Ramsey Walcott and Giroud are all better and for a fraction of the price. Henry had become too big a personality at the club and wanted leave. Oh and we got 12 million for a player at the end of his career. Playing in the US doesn’t count as a career.Fabregas wanted to go home. Simple as. Nothing Wenger could do.Guts of a 100 million in transfer right there. So then you try to buy Ozil.He’s not coming to us if you spunk your entire transfer fund on one player and have nothing left to move forward with. But if you can tell him we have another 100 million in the bank should a top top player come along then of course he signs.Wenger has a degree in economics. He takes along view that none of us sees. He’s not a jumped up translator with an attitude problem or an angry scot with a drink problem, both of whom got to play fantasy football with huge sums of money.No. He is God.

palace gunner
palace gunner

& lets win todays game,