Arsenal finally broke their silence on the speculation over manager Arsene Wenger’s future on Thursday, with PSG once again showing their strong interest in snapping up the veteran boss.
It was an unusual step from the Gunners board to release a statement to clarify the future of their under-fire manager, who still remains defiant despite calls from furious fans for him to leave at the end of this season.
Interestingly, the statement dropped a big hint that the decision over Wenger’s new deal would not be made solely by the Frenchman, but collectively with the board.
The statement somehow not fully backed Wenger, with results between now and the end of the season likely to be the most important factor in whether he stays.
The demolition of PSG at Nou Camp could yet have a decisive impact on Wenger’s future. Nasser Al-Khelaifi, the Ligue 1 giants’ chairman, is a big fan of the Arsenal boss and has failed on more than one occasion to tempt the manager to Paris.
But with Unai Emery’s future under immense pressure following their capitulation from 4-0 up to lose 6-5 on aggregate, Al-Khelaifi could be persuaded to make one last bid; as reported by The Sun.
Wenger has already admitted the discontent among the fans would be a factor in his final decision. He revealed: “Yes, fans’ opinion will have an impact on my decision, you consider everything. It will not be the most important factor, but of course, you consider it.”
And following Barcelona’s extraordinary Champions League comeback against Paris Saint- Germain on Wednesday night, the Gunners boss then pointed out how opinions about Barcelona coach Luis Enrique have changed.
‘It just sums it up that two weeks ago he (Enrique) was an idiot and everyone said, “You have to leave”, so he did. Today he is a hero. That sums up the job,’ said Wenger.