Arsenal’s embarrassing rout in Germany on Wednesday sparked a frenzy of betting on Arsene Wenger to be the next Premier League manager to leave his post. A quick check on any sports bookie will tell you that his price has gone down from 66/1 just a couple of weeks ago, to a new low of just 8/1, so it was pretty obvious that Le Prof would have to answer questions about this from the media in yesterday’s pre-game conference.
Whether or not Arsenal will be looking for a new manager at the end of this season is still unsure, and reading between the lines of what Arsene Wenger and other folk associated with the Gunners like Ian Wright and Alan Smith are saying, it could depend on what happens with Arsenal on the pitch between now and May.
If the Gunners are looking for a new manager to replace the Frenchman, though, one of the strongest candidates, or at least the subject of more recent Arsenal transfer rumours than the others, is the current coach of Juventus. Massimiliano Allegri did nothing to dissuade the rumour mongers recently when he suggested that he might be ready for pastures new after this season, so maybe Arsenal fans won’t have to go to an online casino to feel lucky.
The former Arsenal and England striker Ian Wright commented earlier this week, suggesting that Arsene Wenger had indicated to him that he was maybe ready to call time on his long spell as the manager of Arsenal in the summer caused the question to be put to the Frenchman this weekend after the Gunners bounced back from double defeats with a win over Hull City.
‘They pay top dollar those Arsenal fans. When you’re paying that kind of money you have to be watching world class footballers at the club. You can’t just have two – you should have five and six in my opinion.’
I just had to check to see that I had not misheard the words of Arsene Wenger as gave the pre-match press conference ahead of the Arsenal away trip to face the Premier League’s second bottom placed club Swansea City. You can listen to the whole thing on the Arsenal website and he talks about many issues including the injury situation, but it was the comments about the possible striker transfer targets for Arsenal that made me scratch my head.
With the football press this week being full of Arsenal transfer rumours about our Chile international star Alexis Sanchez, linking the striker with a shock move to our Premier League rivals, Arsene Wenger was quick to declare that Sanchez would not be sold by Arsenal, even if it meant him running down his current contract and walking away from the Gunners for nothing at the end of next season.
Antonio Conte, the manager of the EPL club being linked with the transfer of our forward was always going to be asked about the rumours as well, and although he did not fan the flames by talking about Alexis, he did nothing to dampen the rumours.
The Arsenal and France international centre forward Olivier Giroud is already struggling to get a start this season, at club level anyway as he seems to still be in favour with his national coach Didier Deschamps. The problem Giroud has in north London, though, is that the current first choice centre forward Alexis Sanchez is playing so well that Arsene Wenger really has no option but to keep starting him.
Giroud has done brilliantly in recent weeks coming off the bench but even his place there could soon be in danger if the recent Arsenal transfer rumours are right. Already this week the Gunners have been linked with moves for two different strikers in the January transfer window.
There are bound to be hundreds of Arsenal transfer rumours for us Gooners to wade through before the closing of the upcoming transfer window at the end of January, with all sorts of players in all sorts of positions linked with a move to north London.
Some will be more believable than others but as we do not really know what Arsene Wenger is thinking but we are used to the Frenchman letting very little slip before any transfer deal is in the bag, we can only go with an educated guess.
Arsene Wenger is in the final year of his current contract with Arsenal, and many of us would like to see the back of him before the start of the 2017-18 season. Atletico Madrid’s Diego Simeone has been touted as a potential replacement for the Frenchman and may be just who Arsenal need if they are to undergo a renaissance.
Recent reports suggest that Inter Milan are ready to spend huge sums on bringing their former player back to the San Siro, though. And if Arsenal doesn’t want to miss out on one of the hottest managers in the world they should act fast.
There continues to be plenty of ongoing speculation about potential candidates to replace Arsene Wenger when Le Prof’s time at the club comes to an end. As a result, with Gunners legend Robert Pires stating he wants to work at Arsenal, it may mean some jump to conclusions. However the Frenchman is possibly in line for a director’s role at the club, rather than to take over at the helm of first team duties.