After Arsene Wenger noticeably softened his stance on the possibility of working with an addition to the Arsenal structural hierarchy, both the Telegraph’s Jeremy Wilson and Mirror’s John Cross write that the Gunners board are finally ready to sign off on a new two-year contract extension for the Frenchman.
Last week, the boss spoke dismissively about working with a director of football only to tone down his comments in yesterday’s press conference stating he is “always open to things that improve the quality and future of the club”.
His comments were made with particular reference to his past working relationship with former vice-chairman David Dein, who fulfilled many of the duties commonly associated with the position.
It remains to be seen whether the club are indeed interested in making an appointment that sits between the manager and the board. If they do the Telegraph claim Wenger has been assured that “the position will not cut across his core first-team work”.
Wilson’s piece adds, “the new role that is being envisaged would offer coordinated support across all off-field football operations, including analytics, scouting, sports science, youth development and even simply logistics, rather than shape actual day-to-day aspects of coaching or team selection.”
The Mirror consolidates that view stating, “the new set-up would see the creation of a role overseeing contracts, logistics and even pooling together medical information to streamline support for Wenger, although it is highly unlikely to be a high-profile appointment — and would not be a director of football.”
Someone at the Emirates obviously knows how to do Skype conference calls.
Any announcement on Wenger’s future will likely come after a board meeting set for early June. By that point, we’ll know if we’re reigning FA Cup holders and Champions League contenders or Europa League chumps still digesting Wembley heartbreak.
As if that wasn’t enough drama, we’re now faced with an ownership tussle after Stan Kroenke rejected an offer from Alisher Usmanov to take over the club.