The thing is according to sources Wengers contract is on the table and the balls in his court, he’s been promised a war chest for the summer but without champions league football, which is looking more and more likely as the season progresses, they won’t be able to attract the big names they need.
I’m a Wenger fan what he did for the club is unbelievable, he took them from mid table mediocrity and being known as a good cup team to the invincible team of 04.
Contrary to what most pundits are saying now he didn’t inherit that invincible team. Lehmann, Campbell, Kolo Toure, Viera, Lauren, Edu, Gilberto, Pires, Ljungberg, Henry and Wiltord were all Wenger buys Ashley Cole came through a youth system that along with Liam Brady Wenger helped establish, Bergkamp was a Bruce Rioch buy and Martin Keown was already there and coming to the end of his career.
Wenger has qualified for the champions league 16 seasons in a row, a feat no other English club has managed, he’s won 3 leagues and 6 FA cups, he probably should have won the Champions league in 06 when they outplayed Barca for 80 minutes with 10 men.
results and performances have not been great for a couple of years now and I do feel it’s time for him to move on but that means a new direction for Arsenal as a club, Wenger and Ferguson, before he retired, are the last of their kind, a manager who controls everything at the club, the next man in will be a head coach and Arsenal will have to recruit a director of football.
Fans and media alike are bewildered as to why it’s Wengers decision as to when he leaves but the bottom line is revenue, Wenger through qualification for the Champions league for 16 years and his vision and implementation of the move from Highbury has generated year on year a budget surplus of close to £200 million per year, what board of directors would want to say goodbye to that.
I personally think it’s a very sad end to a man who really does I feel have the clubs best interests at heart.