Friday, January 2, 2009

Will Wenger Leave Arsenal?

According to The Mirror, Real Madrid have offered Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger €26 million to become their head coach next summer.

Juande Ramos, who was sacked by Tottenham Hotspur in October, is currently in charge at the Santiago Bernabeu, but his contract lasts only until the end of the season.

Thus, unless the former Sevilla boss turns around the Merengues’ domestic form in remarkable fashion, or leads them to a 10th European Cup triumph, a new gaffer will be required. And who better to take the reins in Spain than a man who has been approached for the job three times in the past?

Usually, this rumor would be a non-starter due to the fact Wenger has never broken a contract and has more than two years remaining on his current deal at Ashburton Grove. But the Frenchman’s position is under close scrutiny for perhaps the first time since he succeeded caretaker Pat Rice following Bruce Rioch’s departure in 1996.

At the halfway point of the season, Arsenal are all but out of contention for the Premier League title. They sit fifth in the standings, 10 points behind leaders Liverpool.

Furthermore, Wenger’s reluctance to delve into the transfer market for experienced, top-drawer talent has left sections of the club’s fans fuming – especially after the departures of Gilberto Silva, Mathieu Flamini, Lassana Diarra and Aleksandr Hleb in recent times.

Combine all that with the behind-the-scenes unrest which is rocking the Emirates at the moment, and The Professor may well decide to pull up anchor and sail off on an Iberian adventure.

Wenger is Arsenal’s most successful manager, having collected three Premier League crowns and four FA Cups during his 12-year tenure.

3 comments:

  1. i really really hope not. however he probably feels that unless we win something this year he will have taken this team as far as it can go. and why shouldnt he go to a big club like real madrid for his last contract? he has transformed arsenal from a major force in england to a major force world wide with an amazing new stadium, an amazing new training ground, scouting system in place, the most atttractive football we'll ever see played at arsenal and a history of trophies. in short he has taken up several levels single handedly. watever his decision i'll always love arsene wenger for what he has done to my beloved club

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  2. Hopefully Wenger will stay at Arsenal.

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  3. this is a non-issue. wenger said he has a long-term vision for the club and i think he is a man of his word and will want to see his dream of football through till the end. he is a man of his word and integrity so wenger leaving would be as backwards as dry water...

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