Arsene Wenger is apparently the latest in a long line to be offered a new contract at Arsenal, with the Frenchman pondering an extension to his current deal, according to The Sun.
As the report suggests, his current deal is set to expire come the end of the 2016/17 season, but the club are keen to get him to commit well beyond that. There are few managers out there who could adequately replace Wenger, and clearly the senior members of the club believe there’s nobody suitable or available to replace him right now – or in the immediate future.
The Sun’s report suggests Wenger is being offered a hefty extension, and could sign on until 2019. He still has plenty of opposition among Arsenal fans, but unless someone like Pep Guardiola becomes available for the Arsenal role, there won’t be too many complaining.
The complaints will certainly be kept to a minimum if the 66-year-old can bring us our first Premier League trophy in over a decade, and as we’re currently top of the table the title is ours to lose.
It would be hard for anyone to disagree with the club’s decision to extend the manager’s contract if he were to achieve the success we all know he’s capable of achieving this season. We could potentially win our third consecutive FA Cup trophy and end up lifting the Premier League, not to mention the fact that we’re still in the Champions League. We may be up against arguably the best Barcelona side in years in the last 16, but who knows?
That said, it’s hard to see Wenger signing a new deal at the moment, or even holding talks for that matter. He’s always been the type of manager to focus on the season at hand where possible, saving contract talks – his own or his players – for the end of the campaign if he can.
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Wenger may well be in line for a new deal, and all the facts and figures about that deal could be correct. We don’t see it happening any time soon though, and we may well have to wait until the end of the season to see a conclusion to this latest contract saga.