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Arsenal majority shareholder Stan Kroenke is desperate for Arsene Wenger to remain as manager beyond the current campaign, according to reports.
Wenger’s contract expires at the end of this season but he is yet to decide whether he will sign a new deal or not.
Some reports have claimed the boss is waiting to see how the season pans out before deciding on what next to do. It’s been claimed winning the Premier League would be a key factor in his decision making but that now seem a difficult task after we fell 12 points behind Chelsea on Saturday. Following that defeat, his future has come under the spot light again.
The Telegraph via the Express claims Arsenal have made its decision clear to Wenger and that is majority shareholder Stan Kroenke doesn’t want a change in the managerial position this summer.
According to report, Wenger has already been offered a contract extension and all that is left is for him to sign it.
But the boss is concerned about the fans. A section of Arsenal supporters held a protest against him in an home game against Norwich City last season and in the last game against Chelsea there was a banner which read “time to go”, referring to his future.
There are fears that fans would begin to raise their voices again if we fail to win the title this year, so Wenger wants to wait until the end of the season to judge the overall mood of the supporters before deciding his future.
Should he decide to step down, Arsenal have already lined up three targets in Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri, Borussia Dortmund’s Thomas Tuchel and Monaco’s Leonardo Jardim to replace him.
While the above named managers are very good options to succeed Wenger, I have the feeling that we’d be better off keeping the French man here. He has spent over two decades with us and has become a part and parcel of the club, his exit could leave a vacuum which would be difficult for any other manager to fill. Manchester United when Sir Alex Ferguson left is a perfect example.