News filtering in from the media is about the death of Arsene’s first coach Max Hild who passed on at the age of 81. This couldn’t have come at a worse time for Le Professor who has had to endure a terrible week.
Wenger, who oversaw his 1,000th match as Arsenal boss last Saturday against Chelsea saw his dream of winning his first league title in 9 years fade into thin air as the Gunners were badly battered 6-0.
Things didn’t get any better for Arsene as his boys also drew at home to Swansea in a rescheduled EPL match that was supposed to be a reaction to the match they scandalously lost to Chelsea last Saturday. The news of the death of 81 year old Hild will certainly hit the Arsenal boss below the belt as he was yet to overcome the embarrassing loss to Chelsea last weekend and the draw to Swansea on Tuesday.
The two results during the week have led to calls from various quarters that the boss be allowed to leave the job that has brought the club a lot of memorable moments. For a manager who still enjoys a lot of support from high ranking officials of the club including majority shareholder Stan Kroenke; Wenger’s future has never been called to question by a lot of people in the press. Speculations exist as to whether he will sign an extension to his current contract that expires at the end of the season.
Reports were rife during the week that the boss may likely retire having suffered a barrage of verbal attack from the press and some groups.
Max Hild was so important to the success of Arsene that he did not hesitate to acknowledge the role he played while he was still a player at AS Mutzig of France. In an interview conducted by Matthew Weiner of FourFourTwo magazine in 2007, Wenger had this to say about the late Max Hid:
“…the most influential guy, my coach Max Hild [at AS Mutzig] has said I was quite a decent player…” Wenger said in that interview.
Wenger had endured torrid times in recent past; and it is yet unknown if the latest events, particularly the ones that have taken place this week will be enough reason for him to leave a job that has brought him immense success.