Arsene Wenger is facing an uncertain future with Arsenal – not for the first time. However, on this occasion it seems a little more serious, with the Frenchman’s contract ending at the end of the season and his relationship with a few of the stars becoming extremely distant.
This, along with an apparent falling out with forward Alexis Sanchez, could see the end of the 67 year-old’s tenure. With the pair reportedly involved in a training ground bust up, football fans and pundits alike have revealed they wouldn’t be surprised if Sanchez leaves North London in the summer transfer window.
It all started so well. After years of criticising Wenger for not splashing the cash, the Arsenal supporters were in awe as they spent 35 million pounds to sign the Chilean from Spanish giants Barcelona.
90 appearances and 46 goals later, the 28 year-old has become a fan favourite, linking up with Mesut Ozil to create a huge sense of excitement around the Emirates. Despite their 5-1 drubbing by Bayern Munich in the Champions League a few weeks ago, Sanchez was the standout player for Wenger’s side. This prompted suggestions that he – to use the cliché – is a ‘big fish in a small pond’.
With this supposed training ground bust-up making their relationship even more frosty, should an offer come in for Sanchez in the summer, I don’t think anyone would be surprised if he makes the move away. Sanchez is a natural born winner, so Arsenal need to put a shift in and buck up their ideas if they want to convince him to stay.
There’s no doubt that this will cause a rift between fans and manager, but the club owes a lot to this man. He’s not the longest serving manager in the Premier League for nothing. He and the Gunners have been a match made in heaven for so many years, and it would be a shame for the former Monaco manager to leave in these circumstances.
Yes, he hasn’t worked his magic in the Champions League, but Arsenal fans are taking for granted the fact that they are qualifying for the tournament year in, year out. Whoever is next to come in – be it Diego Simeone or anyone else – if they achieve European football in the duration of their stay in North London, they’ll receive all the plaudits.
Should Wenger sign a new contract – which he still has the option to – he needs to ensure that Champions League is the priority. He and his players need to go for that European glory. If they get knocked out by a team that is dominant in every area, then nobody can complain. However if they just role over like recent years, there’s always going to be a problem.