Former Arsenal ‘invincible’ Ray Parlour believes manager Arsene Wenger could walk away from the club for good.
Arsenal’s title chances suffered another blow on Tuesday night, with defeat to Watford leaving them nine points adrift of leaders Chelsea. It is another black mark against Wenger, who last led his team to the title in 2004. There were no meaningful signings in the January transfer window and fans are losing patience.
Parlour, who made 466 appearances for the Gunners, gave his opinion on the Talk Sport breakfast show.
“He would know if hasn’t done a good job this season, and I think he would walk.”
The ex-midfielder also stated that he doesn’t believe Wenger will take a job ‘upstairs’, but rather sever all ties with Arsenal instead.
“He wouldn’t go upstairs, I think he’d go back to France and that’s it,” he said.
“I don’t think he’d be part of the board. I don’t think he’s the sort of man who would do that.”
Wenger officially took over as Arsenal boss on 1st October 1996 and has been in charge for 1,154 games. During that time he has led them to three Premier League titles, six FA Cups and six FA Community Shields.
Despite those domestic successes, European glory still evades the Frenchman. He led Arsenal to the final of the UEFA Cup in 2000 and Champions League in 2006, but they came up just short in both.
The 67-year-old is yet to sign a new contract, with his current deal due to expire in the summer, so an exit could be on the cards.
If Parlour is correct, it could be nearing the end of the Wenger era at Arsenal Football Club.
Peter Reynolds, Pundit Arena