If the news regarding players’ contract negotiations over the last few days are anything to go by, then it would seem like the board disagrees and has already decided to keep Wenger on.
How do we know this?
There’s a very interesting little snippet of information in this report by John Cross in the Mirror, detailing the contract extensions announced for Laurent Koscielny, Olivier Giroud and Francis Coquelin…
Whilst the main story is that Arsenal keeping three long-term squad members until 2020, there is one crucial line that shows that there is more to this than just keeping the core of a squad together.
“Giroud has also committed himself to a new contract after assurances from Arsene Wenger that he will get regular games,” Cross wrote.
So if Giroud is staying because the manager told him he would get regular playing time, then it must be a tacit admission from Wenger that he intends to remain at the club, otherwise why would he be making promises to players that he knew he wasn’t going to keep?
Mesut Ozil has also sought clarity over the future of Arsene Wenger and it will be fool hardy for Wenger to resign after making the player commit their future to the club.
But if players are signing contract extensions on the back of promises only the long-term manager of a club can make, and star players are making it clear that the current manager’s job status is a key factor into their own futures at the club, then Arsene Wenger needs to make it perfectly clear to everyone that he’s staying, and get on with the job in hand.