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Arsene Wenger could be PSG next Manager
Arsene Wenger could be PSG next Manager
September 13, 2016, 04:07:42 AM
The Gunners boss is entering the final year of his contract in north London and could yet earn a final job back in his homeland before retirement.
Arsene Wenger makes no secret of his close friendship with Paris Saint-Germain owner Nasser Al-Khelaifi. The Arsenal manager will come up against the French giants on Tuesday inthe Champions League group stage opener but it’s his relationship with his respected counterpart which could bear some significance sooner rather than later.Wenger first met the former tennis pro while working for TV channel Al Jazeera several years ago, and it is also one of the reasons he has a working relationship with beIN Sports - the media channel fronted by Al-Khelaifi.The two remain in regular contact and a summer approach from PSG for Wenger, whose deal expires at the end of the season, is inevitable when you consider that Al-Khelaifi has made similar propositions before. It’s hard to find reasons why Wenger wouldn’t want to see out hiscareer in the French capital. He may not be given the same job security as he currently possesses at Arsenal, but the opportunity to win a domestic league trophy in his homeland is something that would be almost certain.The endless riches which would be handed to him by the club’s Qatari owners could be another facet of the job hard to turn down, and although it’s not Wenger’s style to ‘spend big’, it’s worth noting that he has gone against the grain this summer and spent close to £100m on new players at the Emirates Stadium.Arsenal supporters have differing views on Wenger’s future and where they see the club. The consensus is that this could be his final season in north London with recent media reports suggesting that Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe has been earmarked as a potential replacement. It’s certain that Wenger has yet to make a decision on his future and won’t sign a new contract until the season ends.His decision is dependent on how successful a campaign Arsenal have had. Whether that barometer of success is Champions League qualification - which Wenger has achieved for 20 consecutive seasons - or a potential seventh FA Cup trophy won by the Frenchman, remains unknown.
Majority shareholder Stan Kroenke is a huge admirer of Wenger and his philosophy, with the American previously saying in 2013 that “there is no-one I feel more strongly about and I think he isdoing a great job”.“I really enjoy Arsene – very smart, very intelligent”, said Kroenke. “He has an absolute view on how he runs that team and the club. He has earned that right.“Don't look for me to interfere with that. I have learnt over the years that sometimes owners try do that and it is not so good.”The unwavering support from board level down tothe chief executive Ivan Gazidis, for whom Wenger was involved in the interview process, makes his position at Arsenal almost untouchable. Whether that is a good thing or not depends on your opinion of the Gunners boss, but the stability at Arsenal is a feature of the club which the majority of teams in the Premier League are envious of.Regular trophies have been hard to come by at the Emirates, albeit a couple of recent FA Cup wins, but Wenger’s consistency in regularly qualifying for Europe’s elite competition does deserve some credit. Consistency is not what fans look for when the season ends, but those above Wenger know that it could be a completely different story if someone else was at the top.Wenger’s summer spending emphasises his intentions for this season. Granit Xhaka, a £30m aggressive defensive midfielder, is the kind of player who will undoubtedly improve Arsenal in various aspects; leadership and ball-winning to name a few. Shkodran Mustafi, the £35m signing from Valencia, is another player who has settled into the squad within days of joining. Defensive solidity and consistency has been missing from this Arsenal team for almost a decade and Mustafi’s arrival, coupled with the acquisition of youngster Rob Holding, exemplify how Wenger has successfully strengthened in the required positions this summer.Planning for the future has always been a key facet of Wenger's footballing philosophy and the recent medical facility upgrade at London Colney plus the addition of a video analytics department are examples of how he is trying to leave the clubon a stable footing for the next manager to enter the gates at Arsenal's Hertfordshire base. Could this really be Wenger's final season? It's the question on everyone's lips and if the answer is yes then there will be one man at the helm of Paris Saint-Germain ready to pounce and sign his dream manager after years of trying.
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