Arsene Wenger is going nowhere, and may even extend his stay at Arsenal beyond his current two year contract, according to the Daily Mirror’s cheif football writer John Cross.
Wenger has endured a tough few years in charge at the Emirates, with our lengthy trophy drought accompanied by heavy criticism from fans and pundits alike.
We once again look likely to fall short of Premier League glory this season, and our performances in the early goings look set to cost us the chance to challenge Chelsea for the title.
Cross insisted on Sky Sports‘ Sunday Supplement that the Frenchman has no intention of leaving, and that the fact he is ‘addicted’ to Arsenal will see him remain at the club.
“Not only do I think he will see out the remaining two years of his contract that are left, but if he thinks he is making progress, he will push for another. That’s Arsene Wenger – he is addicted to football, addicted to Arsenal,” Cross said.
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“We reach a point in every season and say ‘Arsenal will be contenders next season’,” he continued.
“Last year, we were talking about the defensive midfield player that they didn’t sign in the summer and that’s why they’re falling short.
“I think he is closing down on the title, it’s very obvious where Arsenal’s frailties are, and it will be interesting to see where he addresses these in the summer. If he does, I think they will be potential title winners next year.”
The Daily Mirror writer also believes we are edging ever closer to the title, with our displays during the second half of this season certainly backing up that theory.
If we can retain our current performance levels and carry them into next season, then we will almost certainly be challenging for silverware.
We are probably still a few players short of becoming the team we are capable of being, but we will be a force to be reckoned with next season if Wenger addresses the problem areas this summer.