Arsenal players are believed to be quite confident that manager Arsene Wenger will not leave the club at the end of this season and will sign a new two-year deal.
The French boss has been heavily linked with a summer exit from Arsenal after over 20 years in charge, with his team going through a poor run of form and more than likely to once again miss out on both the Premier League and Champions League.
Massimiliano Allegri and some other big names are reported to be on the radar as the club hierarchy already chalking out plans for a life without Wenger if he does decide to leave.
The Times claim Arsenal chiefs are not in a hurry to decide Wenger’s future, but those who work closely with the Gunners boss are seemed to be convinced that he remains as committed to the cause as ever.
Wenger no doubt enjoyed great early success at the Emirates, but a large portion of the fans now question his position after giving only two FA Cups since 2005 and offloading a number of star players in that period.
The 67-year-old Frenchman has already made it clear he would only take a final call on his future in March or April, but there is a strong notion that he is staying at Arsenal and may have started planning for next season and the team’s pre-season preparations in the summer.
The mood in the Gunners camp is still largely positive regarding Wenger despite recent difficulties and it is likely there would be an attempt from within the group to persuade the veteran manager not to leave if he decides to bring his 21-year tenure to an end rather than signing the two-year extension which remains on the table.