Monday 19 March 2018

Is Arsene Wenger about to be offered a route out of Arsenal by a long-time admirer?

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger. Photo: Reuters
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger. Photo: Reuters
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger suggested last week that he has turned down a host of jobs to stay loyal to Arsenal for the last 21 years and it seems he may be offered a final chance to leave the north London club according to the latest reports emerging from his native France.

Unai Emery looks certain to be replaced as Paris Saint-Germain coach after Tuesday night's Champions League defeat at the hands of Real Madrid, with Wenger reported to be one of their top targets once again.

Wenger confirmed that he stalled over signing a new Arsenal contract last summer as he considered a fresh offer to take over at PSG, with the Qatari owners of the French club now believed to be ready to make a fresh move for a manager who has confirmed he is enticed by the prospect of working in Paris.

"There have been contacts with PSG, but I have always been loyal to Arsenal," stated Wenger last September. "It is an interesting project, but I my focus has always been on Arsenal."

Meanwhile, Arsenal legend Sol Campbell has told that the Arsenal players have one final chance to prop up their beleaguered manager in Thursday night's Europa League game against AC Milan at the San Siro.

Arsenal need to win the Europa League to have any chance of qualifying for next season's Champions League and Campbell believes Wenger's players owe him a performance in Italy.

"Everyone is panicking at the moment, but let’s wait until the end of the season and see where we are then," Paddy Power ambassador Campbell told us. "Let’s see what happens in the Europa League against AC Milan and then people can make decisions, Arsene included, on what should happen next.

"The Arsenal players have to view this AC Milan game as the last game of their careers. Give it their all, work their nuts off and they could come out the other end silencing the doubters and getting into a European quarter-final. Go for it, give it everything and then asses it at the end of the season."

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is also believed to be a top candidate for PSG chiefs, with his future at Chelsea under a cloud after a disappointing season for last season's Premier League title winning manager.

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