Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has been in the club since “the beginning of time” and may never leave till “the end of time”. Yes, he is that glued to the club despite shabby performances over the years.
However, reports have it that the coach could cut short his latest contract and move into the boardroom in the summer giving space to a hand-picked successor, Mikel Arteta.
Mikel Arteta is a former Gunner’s player and he was stunning and highly impressive during his time with the club.
Reports say that the Frenchman wants his own man installed as his successor – a plan which may not be ultimately welcomed at the Emirates but what could be more, they may eventually accept it as a way of honoring him for the years of service so far.
And there have been informal talks with Arteta, but there will be pressure from some members of the Arsenal hierarchy to bring in their own man rather than take Wenger’s advice.
Now that may just become Wenger’s nightmare; his final exit from the North London club after spending decades in the club. Wenger was to leave last may but penned a new two-year deal despite huge criticism from fans. However, the deal arrangement contains a clause which allows both parties to review the situation at the end of the season and Wenger harbours doubts about continuing beyond the summer
With that in mind, he has been making contingency plans in case he does bring what would be a near 22-year reign to a close. What a time with the Emirate Club!