Arsene Wenger met with the press this week and whilst he avoided discussions over his own future, he may have indirectly revealed his own thinking regarding contracts.
Arsene Wenger was keen to side-step questions from reporters regarding his future at the club at the very beginning of his press conference, focusing to discuss the FA Cup semifinal Arsenal face on Saturday against the holders Wigan at Wembley.
In reference to a questing regarding his plans to start second-choice Lukasz Fabianski in goal despite the Pole’s admission earlier this season that would leave the Emirates at the end of his contract this summer in search of pastures new, Wenger said something which, to me, sounded like the words of a very proud man who has been considering his own future and what it might hold.
"When you're a professional, you work at the top of your job until the last day of your contract. That, for me, is being professional," he said.
It is clear from the video that Wenger is talking about Fabianski who he says he has no qualms over starting at Wembley because, regardless of his eyes on a move elsewhere this summer, he is a consummate professional.
But this sounds distinctly like Wenger’s own perspective – the French coach is well regarded as a very proud man and the longer time goes on without the announcement of an agreement in place more than just verbally, and the more pressure he comes under from the press and sections of discontented supporters, I wonder whether he will stay on.
I am not a behavioural psychologist but I’m a firm believer that language always gives us away – Wenger does not say Fabianski or Lukasz is a top professional who will stick to his guns until the last day, he say ‘you’. 'You' is effectively the same as saying ‘I’. Subtly, has Wenger given his thoughts about his own job and his own professional pride away in a throwaway comment?
I have said many times this year that I wouldn’t be surprised if Wenger did leave Arsenal at the end of the season, whether or not the Gunners win a trophy – in fact, it’s a bit of a catch-22 because if, for example, Arsenal win the FA Cup, it would be a perfect send off for the manager who has done so much for the club to retire to a bus parade of North London but, on the other hand, if they don’t win a trophy there will be calls for his head and he may feel it is time for him to step down in a dignified manner.
Whichever the case, whether he stays on this summer or goes, you can certainly guarantee Arsene Wenger will be on top of his job until the very last day of his very last contract at Arsenal Football Club.