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.
I think that most of us thought that Wenger would end his managerial career in north London. Some Arsenal fans think he should already have stepped aside and at 67-years old most of us believed that when he did decide that the time was right to quit then it would be to move upstairs to take on some sort of advisory role or to retire from the game altogether.
But although it appears from his comments reported by The Mirror that the Frenchman has accepted that his long reign in charge of the Gunners is coming to an end, Wenger is not ready to give up the game entirely just yet and is planning to manage another club.
He said, “No matter what happens, I will manage next season. Whether it is here or not, that is for sure.
“It is important for the club to make the right decision for the future. I did not work here for 20 years not to care.
“I had many opportunities to go somewhere else but I care for this club and its future. It is important for the club to be in safe hands.”
There is no indication of which club he will go to or even whether it will be in the Premier League or another country, but with his experience and despite the recent tarnishing of his reputation there should be plenty of offers for his services.
Imagine what it will be like if Arsenal come up against a team managed by Wenger. Odd will not quite cover it Gooners.