Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has been linked with moves away from North London for a number of years now and, after 16 years of service to the Gunners, Jenny Leigh discusses why it is still more unlikely than ever.
It has, undoubtedly, been the Frenchman’s most difficult season in charge at the Emirates – there have been questions asked constantly by the media and the fans alike as to whether he is still capable of taking Arsenal forward.
This season he faced re-building yet another team from scratch practically as the club sold its best assets in Robin van Persie and Alex Song and the club have seen themselves fall our of the top four, two domestic cups to lower league opposition, and now face Mission Impossible in Munich if they want to progress in the Champions League.
Who’d be an Arsenal manager, eh? Well, Arsene Wenger would – he’s had opportunities to go elsewhere before, in abundance. When Arsenal’s Invincible team won the double, Wenger was is the highest demand of his career but he snubbed reportedly moves to Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain.
He has been at the club for 16 years now and he is a very proud man – despite the criticism he fields day in day out, he has become the architect of one of the most popular and successful clubs in recent history.
He was 15 minutes away from winning the Champions League with his beloved Arsenal back in 2006 and, for better or worse; I think somewhere deep down he still believes he can.
They say love is blind and it’s that reason alone that Wenger will not be tempted by talk of a switch to super-rich Paris Saint-Germain. It’s not in his nature and the French giants don’t comply with his philosophy – economically or morally, for that matter.
I have no doubt when he does decide to call it a day in North London he will remain a director or maintain a role upstairs in some other capacity and, whilst I have no doubt he would love to take up a distinguished role in his homeland, I would suspect the French national team would be his preference.
I don’t think he’ll ever manage another football club. I don’t think he could. Not now. Not ever.
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