Sunday 22 September 2019

Is this how Wenger's reign at Arsenal comes to an end?

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger. Photo: Phil Noble/Reuters
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger. Photo: Phil Noble/Reuters
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is again being linked with a move to Paris Saint-Germain and this time, the French giants believe they will get their man.

Wenger has turned down approaches to take over as PSG boss on several occasions in recent years, as his close ties with the Parisian club well documented.

With his contract at Arsenal set to expire next summer and PSG coach Unai Emery expected to be replaced after a poor start to his reign in the French capital, a move for Wenger may be back on their agenda.

It is unclear how Wenger would react to a fresh approach from PSG, but he has spoken of his admiration for the club in the past, even though he has always been keen to remain at Arsenal.

“I have known Sheikh bin Khelaifi for a long time and it is an exciting time for the club," Wenger said, as he spoke of his friendship with the PSG owner.

"Why didn't I say yes (to PSG)? Because I love where I am and I feel always I remained loyal to Arsenal Football Club because I think it's a club that has the qualities I love."

With a rising tide of animosity among Arsenal supporters to Wenger's continued stay at the helm of the club, a fresh approach from PSG next summer might just trigger the end of his reign at Arsenal.

Arsenal great Paul Merson may have summed up the mood of the club's supporters when told earlier this month that Wenger should have been replaced as Arsenal boss many years ago.

“For me, he should have turned around long ago and said the time was right to step aside. Maybe when he won one of the two FA Cups in 2014 or 2015," Merson told us.

“That was especially the case last year with all these top managers that were available at the time.

“Jurgen Klopp, Pep Guardiola, Antonio Conte, Ronald Koeman, even Jose Mourinho…they were all available.

“He should have gone to the board and said I’ve had my time, you have to go and get one of these managers.

“Those guys could have taken Arsenal to another step as they are all world-class managers and the fact that they have not been sacked too often between all of them confirms that.

“If Wenger was to go now, who could they go for? There are not too many top managers about any more.

“That means he will probably stay on and sign another contract and this same story will go on and on and on.”`

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