Does Arsene Wenger have a job for life at Arsenal?

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After Jack Wilshere suggested he could leave The Emirates should Wenger go the same way, we ask if that secures the long-term future of the Frenchman.

Of all the players at Arsenal Football Club, only Jack Wilshere could be claimed as one of their own.

The 21-year-old from Hertfordshire has been at the club since the age of nine -a die-hard Gunners fan and prospective future captain of the North London club.

He is the clubs longest serving player, and he is not just destined to be the hero for the club for years to come, but has also been earmarked by many as the future of English football.

So, in that regard, he is probably the one and only Arsenal player the team could never consider selling.

In recent months there have been small and mooted reports of interest from Barcelona, even Manchester United, in the services of the talismanic midfielder - all reports laughed off as mere scaremongering for Arsenal fans.

But Wilshere made a statement to French press yesterday that has got tongues wagging:

"I want to win things with Arsenal and I want to be there in the future, but if the boss leaves then things could change. Arsenal are always in my heart and by signing a deal for the next five years shows my commitment to them and their commitment to me so at the moment everything is good. Arsene Wenger has been there for so many years and he's always delivered trophies. OK we've had a little dip in the last five or six years, but he's a great manager and people who question his ability are ridiculous.’’ 

The statement, to me anyway, suggests that Wenger has a job for life.

There has been a clarion call from a group of fans in recent weeks and months - ‘Wenger Out’ as patience wears thin with the once unflappable Frenchman.

But the risk of losing Wilshere, by sacking Wenger, is simply not a risk the Arsenal hierarchy should dare dream of.

The backlash would be phenomenal, and on top of fan anger, the fact remains they would also be losing one of world football’s most talented young midfielders.

In that respect, it seems regardless of his struggles in the transfer market and in winning silverware, the legendary Gunners boss will only ever walk his own plank.

Should he one day decide to leave, or at the age of 63 he isn’t getting any younger, retire from the game altogether.

Until then Wilshere is going nowhere, and that is how the Arsenal board must keep it.

Do you think Wenger could only ever walk out of The Emirates?

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