Where would it be more likely for Arsene Wenger to end up? PSG or Monaco?
Arsene Wenger has had another tough year in charge of Arsenal as he faced the greatest ever doubts against his position as the man to take the club forward.
Another year without silverware was all the more embarrassing due to defeats against football league opposition in the form of Bradford City and Blackburn Rovers. The defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League on away goals now doesn’t seem so bad considering how they went on to dominate Barcelona and become eventual winners.
But still the chants of ‘Wenger Out’ continued even as he steadied the ship and led them to an unlikely fourth spot ahead of North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur. Even then they couldn’t do it right; with Arsenal fans annoyed at the rather over-exuberant celebrations on show from their players at essentially being the fourth worst losers in the league.
All of that led to speculation over his future at the helm of The Emirates.
When Carlo Ancelotti made it quite clear that he wanted a switch to Real Madrid the story that he was to take over at Paris Saint-Germain gained momentum.
The big-spending French outfit willing to offer him fanciable sums to take the role we are sure.
Those rumours waned but with Leonardo, the man lined up to replace him, banned for nine months for pushing a referee suddenly it became an option again.
But I would not be to worried about him leaving for PSG.
Wenger is a man with principles and I cannot see him selling out without a previous connection to Les Parisiens.
Now AS Monaco; that could be a different story altogether.
But wait? Haven't they already got a manager who has been told he will be given time in charge?
Very true but haven’t we all heard that before?
Heaven knows Claudio Ranieri, the man in question, has. With Monaco back in Ligue 1 the pressure is on for him to bring success; and fast.
If not he will be discarded as a Russian billionaire hell-bent on Monegasque dominance will certainly get his way.
And the compilation of a wealthy club and one where he has rich history could lure Wenger to Monaco.
He managed the principality outfit for seven years from the 80’s into the 90s; and the stint was successful.
He won the Ligue 1 title in 1988 and the Coupe de France in 1991 before leaving in 1994 by mutual consent and might just crave the opportunity of a second crack at the Stade Louis II.
Of course a lot has to happen before now and then but all I am saying is; if I was a betting man; I would say Wenger was more likely to turn up at Monaco then PSG.
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