Arsene Wenger has today stated that he will not be leaving Arsenal and will see out the remaining year of his contract, at least.
The Frenchman has famously never broken a contract in his managerial career and doesn’t look set to break that trend now.
Wenger said in his Eurosport column: “The rumours about my future? It does not bother me, it is part of the interest of the footballing public. You have to live with it and try to educate people.”
The new longest serving manager in Prem
He will become the Premier League’s longest serving manager once Sir Alex Ferguson retires after the final game of the season on Sunday.
But the Arsenal boss has suffered a trophy drought for eight years now since they won the FA Cup in 2005. Most managers would have been dismissed for such a failure to bring success to a club as big as Arsenal.
However his board have remained loyal to him for two major reasons. Firstly his previous achievements with the club during his early reign were spectacular, most notably in the 2003/4 season when they won the title without losing a game.
Secondly, the fact that they have been working under tough financial restrictions during this trophyless period, as they have been paying for their fantastic 60,000 seater Emirates stadium.
Never finished outside top four
If the Gunners can beat Newcastle on Sunday then they will claim fourth place in the Premier League and qualify for the Champions League for the 17th time in a row under Wenger.
That in itself is a remarkable achievement and the fact that he has kept his club in the top four in recent years has not gone unnoticed by his board.
There is going to be a major overturn of managers at Europe’s top clubs this summer. Sir Alex Ferguson will be replaced at United by David Moyes. Jose Mourinho looks likely to replace Rafa Benitez at Chelsea and Manuel Pellegrini will replace Roberto Mancini at Man City. Carlo Ancelotti is the favourite to replace Mourinho at Real Madrid leaving the Paris Saint-Germain hotseat open for possibly Benitez or Mancini.
Bayern Munich have already done a deal for Pep Guardiola to replace the departing Jupp Heynckes. If Wenger had made himself available then he would have been considered by all of these top sides.
All these changes could work in Arsenal’s favour
Talking about these managerial changes Wenger added: “It concerns a lot of people but it is a rotation with respect to big-name coaches, so no matter where they go, there will always be great coaches everywhere.”
But perhaps all this change at Europe’s top sides will provide an opportunity for Wenger and his Arsenal team. The club is in a stable condition with a quality squad only slightly short of being ready to compete for the major trophies.
If Wenger spends wisely this summer, as well as spending big then Arsenal could be the surprise package next season as their rivals struggle to find their feet.