The Frenchman has just proven why the club and the fans can trust him to follow through on his promises, talking Mesut Ozil into completing a £40 million plus switch to the Emirates Stadium.
Wenger’s ability to speak multiple languages and man manage players with the care and attention which makes them feel respected and valued, is only part of his vast array of skills as a professional coach.
However, it’s a massive season for Wenger and the club because if silverware doesn’t come and even worse, the club finish fifth in the league then the justification in offering him a new long term deal becomes questionable.
That opens up the possibility that the Gunners may start considering the possibility of a new, younger and more dynamic manager coming in, perfectly suited to takeover the job that Wenger has started with the current Arsenal side.
The addition of Ozil to the starting eleven is an undoubted positive but it doesn’t make Arsenal a complete team by any means. Arsenal have several youngsters all over their side, still learning about the game and still progressing as the Gunners strive for some sort of silverware.
If Wenger is unable to put a trophy in the cabinet by the summer then despite the part he played in getting Ozil to the club, Arsenal may have to look across Europe for a potential new boss.
One obvious candidate is Borussia Dortmund’s Jurgen Klopp, a manager who has proven to be successful in charge of a side that has a very similar look to the current Arsenal eleven.
Klopp is one of the few bosses in European football at the moment who seems to know perfectly how to juggle and coordinate a group of younger players, in order to get them to win big matches and big tournaments.
The difference between Wenger’s expertise with younger players and Klopp’s is that Klopp is far more ruthless and aggressive with the way he handles his younger stars.
In effect, he gets them to learn the hard way, throwing them into a variety of difficult big match situations because that’s the only way experience and character grows and players become better.
He also has a superb grasp of the sort of younger players his club should be developing and investing in, as he develops a certain style of football at the club he’s in charge of.
Plenty of Arsenal fans had started to question whether there would be value in keeping Wenger as Arsenal boss at the end of the season and one big name signing doesn’t change that.
Wenger has to win something with the Gunners this season and then follow up on the transfer of Ozil this winter and next summer if he doesn’t want to lose his job and be replace by another coach.
What do you think Arsenal fans? Will Wenger get a new deal? Would Klopp be a good replacement?
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