Arsene Wenger’s long term future as Arsenal manager has been the subject of a great deal of speculation in recent months.
After spending 20 years in charge of the Gunners, it seems as though the 67 year-old might in fact step down as manager at the end of the season.
Although nothing to that effect has yet been confirmed, Wenger’s contract is set to expire at the end of the current campaign and he doesn’t seem to be in a rush to sign a new deal.
Indeed, throughout last summer the FA appeared to be making overtures toward Wenger after Roy Hodgson’s reign as England coach came to an end against Iceland.
However Wenger remained in situ at the Emirates, leaving Sam Allardyce to succeed Hodgson. Nevertheless, various names have continued to be associated with moves to the Emirates.
There came a bit of a shock this week when RB Leipzig coach Ralph Hasenhuttl was touted as a possible replacement for Wenger in The Sun.
Despite the obscure nature of his association with Arsenal, Hasenhuttl has since confirmed to ESPN that the original story was “well researched” adding “there was a lot of truth to it”.
However it seems as though the Austrian doesn’t wish to take over at Arsenal next season, commenting; “We don’t have to put too much thought into it… I have found my luck here”.
Although the entire story seemed a little strange for most Arsenal fans, it is nonetheless the first confirmation of Arsenal’s interest in securing a replacement for Wenger.
Alan Drumm, Pundit Arena