Martin Keown says he expects Arsene Wenger to stay at Arsenal and sign a new contract. The Gunners boss has been heavily tipped to leave next summer when his current deal expires, but the former defender says he cannot see him leaving the club just yet.
Saturdays’s 3-0 win over Chelsea has lifted Arsenal to third place in the Premier League table after a tricky start to the season that has seen them face the Blues, Liverpool and champions Leicester already.
Wenger’s future remains the subject of much speculation but Keown feels missing out on the title last season may just inspire the Frenchman to keep on going at the Emirates.
“It is the last year of his contract but I don’t see any change in the man,” he said according to the Daily Star. “He is an incredibly powerful person both physically and mentally and is still very sharp
“Missing out on the title last season the way they did would have only rekindled any personal ambition he has to win another Premier League. I don’t see him walking out, quite the opposite, it wouldn’t surprise me if he were to sign a new contract.”
Wenger has come in for criticism from fans, who have called for him to leave in recent seasons, but Keown insists supporters will miss him when he finally calls it a day.
“It has only ever been a small minority [who have turned on Wenger] and all Arsenal fans want Arsene to be successful,” he added. “He may not be fully appreciated by everyone until he is no longer there.
“The way most supporters now watch, it is a generation of fans who for many years have been brought up and educated in a specific way and it is Arsene Wenger who has shown them success and they all want him to bring it back.
“Arsene Wenger, as he gets older, still has a determination to do well with the club, keep it progressing and keep winning, his hunger remains insatiable.”
For fans, much will come down to how this season pans out as to whether the majority of the Arsenal faithful will welcome the Frenchman back next season with open arms.
Judge him in May, as they say.