Several online gossip and forum sites are suggesting that Arsene Wenger will be axed at the end of the season for German coach Joachim Low, which is quite frankly ridiculous.
Wenger’s contract with the Gunners expires in the summer of 2014 but to begin with, there is nothing to read into that because several top coaches, including Sir Alex Ferguson, don’t have long managerial deals.
Wenger could soon be moving to the same sort of deal which Ferguson enjoys, which is a rolling one-year contract which gets reviewed and then renewed at the end of each season based on how the side gets on.
The other massive problem here is that for the first time in years, Wenger has been promised a lot of cash to go out and spend on players, which he may need to transform the immediate fortunes of the side.
If Arsenal don’t finish in the top four, then he’ll have to go out and buy some higher profile players than he has done over the last few years to try and reduce that gap between Arsenal and their main rivals.
It’s also ridiculous to think that Low is going to walk away from Germany before the next World Cup, with his current deal set to be reviewed after the tournament in Brazil 2014.
Had this rumour appeared this time next year, then it would have a lot more credibility because it’s not impossible that Low will move on if Germany underperform at Brazil 2014.
It also makes no sense when you think of it from a purely common sense and logical point of view.
Wenger is someone who knows his club and English football inside out, which makes it mystifying as to why he’d be replaced by someone with no experience of the Premier League.
Low also hasn’t been the manager of a club side since the 2003/2004 season, which suggests it’s not impossible for him to be grossly out of touch when it comes to running a club side as opposed to a national side.
The current situation Arsenal find themselves in suggests that there are few better managers than Wenger, designed to take the side forward over the next one or two seasons.
Bear in mind Arsenal have some very young players coming through the ranks and the Frenchman has the chance to be aggressive in the transfer market now that the Emirates Stadium debts have been paid off.
Any chance this may actually happen? What do you think?
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