When the English FA’s top job became available in the wake of the nation’s embarrassing exit from the 2016 European Championships at the hands of Iceland in the summer, Arsenal boss Arsène Wenger was one of the first men linked with the vacancy.
History will, of course, tell us that Sam Allardyce was handed his dream job before having to step aside by “mutual consent” earlier this week.
Once supporters read the details of the investigation into the former Sunderland boss’ interaction with various undercover businessmen, focus on Wednesday turned to who might replaced ‘Big Sam’ on a permanent basis and, once again, speculation around Wenger’s future at Arsenal intensified.
On Wednesday evening, the Frenchman reiterated that his immediate future was with the Premier League side, who after a stuttering start to the new campaign, have found an excellent vein of form in more recent weeks.
Thursday morning’s papers have brought a mix of contrasting updates with a number of publications, including the Daily Mail, reporting that Wenger is interested in the position – just not now and not before next summer.
The Mirror’s John Cross, however, believes the Gunners would prefer to retain their man, and not only do they wish the 66-year-old to stay until the current season ends but most likely beyond that.
Arsenal to fend off FA interest with new deal for Arsene Wenger. Gareth Southgate's job to lose IMO https://t.co/a4VjKukXti
— John Cross (@johncrossmirror) September 29, 2016
The newspaper reports that Arsenal officials are “bracing” themselves for a new approach from the FA and are prepared to offer Wenger a new two-year deal to stay beyond the 2016/17 season.
This story is only picking up a slight trot at this stage and has plenty of miles to run yet. However, news of a possible new contract for the Frenchman will not go down well with everyone at the Emirates Stadium, many of whom – in spite of the club’s current form – believe that their gaffer’s time is done and that it’s time for a change.
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