It looks increasingly likely that Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will be staying on at the club after arguably the worst season of his 21 year tenure in north London.
The latest reports from The Mirror’s John Cross, the authority when it comes to Arsenal news in the English media, claim that Wenger is ‘almost certain’ to put pen to paper on a two-year contract extension, putting an end to the unrelenting speculation on his Arsenal future.
The deal will see the Frenchman oversee a complete overhaul of the Gunners squad, with big money expected to be invested over the coming months and years as the club look to climb back into the top spots of domestic and European football.
Whilst the north Londoners have been largely stuck as ‘also rans’ in the Premier League, and especially the Champions League, over the past few years, having not made it past the round of 16 in Europe for seven consecutive seasons, there is a belief that with the right additions, as well as letting the right players move on, they can be back challenging for titles under Wenger once again.
However, for that belief to become a reality once again the club must, reluctantly, take a leaf out of the book of Wenger’s fierce rival, Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho.
Having taken the reins at Old Trafford, the former Chelsea boss looked immediately to bring a certain superstar ora back to the club, with the additions of Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic amongst others. There was a sense that, under the stewardship of David Moyes and Louis van Gaal, the Red Devils had lost their swagger and were making very un-Manchester United signings.
Taking that into stock, the powers that be at The Emirates, despite the recent lack of success on the pitch, must once again realise the attraction of the club. Arsenal are the second biggest club in the most sought after league in the world, behind United, that is indisputable.
The club has a lot to offer the best players in world football, but they must first realise that and pitch an attractive project to their top targets, as well as having the bottle to pay the fees.
Despite all that has happened at Arsenal this season, as a club they can offer an experience and lifestyle that few in the world can match, they just have to realise it and hold nothing back when it comes to the proposed overhaul this summer.