Arsenal legend Nigel Winterburn admits that the club has been handed a “conundrum” due to departing Borussia Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp’s imminent availability, The Evening Standard reports.
Klopp called time on his seven-year stay at Dortmund last week and has long been heralded as a suitable replacement for when Arsene Wenger calls time on his career. Winterburn therefore believes the German’s availability might force the club to act due to the delicate situation we’re in.
Wenger still has two years left on his current deal but due to the power he holds at the club, it will be the boss who decides when it’s time to depart which is unhealthy for any organisation.
“I would like Arsene Wenger to see out the next two years, and see where we are then, but obviously, with Klopp leaving Dortmund, it sort of puts the conundrum in because he’s been linked with Arsenal before, particularly when Arsenal were struggling,” Winterburn said.
“Wenger was coming under severe pressure, so I understand where it’s coming from but I would be surprised if there was a change this summer.”
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Managerial appointments are all about timing and should Wenger decide to go at a time where suitable replacements aren’t available, the club will suffer in the long-term.
Wenger has been a fantastic servant for the club, but it may be time for Ivan Gazidis to wrestle control of the club and think of our long-term future.