Paris Saint-Germain are suffering a Manchester United-esque fall from grace this season as the dominant side in French football languishes in a wholly uncharacteristic third place in Ligue 1, five points behind league leaders OG Nice.
With star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic having up and left for Old Trafford and the challenges of the Premier League, PSG chose to replace the out of favour Laurent Blanc during the summer with Unai Emery and things just haven’t been going as planned ever since.
Now, as reported by the Express, PSG owner Sheikh bin Khelaifi is set to make another bid to lure Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger away from the Emirates Stadium and install him as the new manager of the Parc des Princes based club.
The veteran Frenchman has been linked with the Ligue 1 side before as there is a well known friendship between the Arsenal boss and the PSG owner. However, until now Wenger has remained steadfastly committed to the Gunners.
Speaking as recently as September, Wenger stated,
“I have known Sheikh bin Khelaifi for a long time but I always remained loyal to Arsenal.
“Paris is a city I love in the country I love but I have stayed in England for all this time because Arsenal is a club that has the qualities I like.”
With the 67-year-old out of contract with Arsenal in the summer, speculation is growing over whether he will chose to, or be given the option to, extend his 20 year term at the club.
In search of a fourth Premier League title since 2004, Arsenal were, until recently, flying high in the league, with only a single defeat all season. Now, following back-to-back league losses, Wenger’s side has dropped nine points behind Chelsea and fans are beginning to get yet another sense of deja-vu as the season begins to once again unravel before their eyes.
With Wenger being well known for holding his cards close to his chest, it is not expected that a decision about his future will be made public anytime soon. Instead, if and when a decision is made, the first we will likely hear about it is after the ink has dried on whatever contract he has chosen to sign, with Arsenal or PSG.
For now we must sit back and wait.
Gary Brennan, Pundit Arena