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Report: Wenger Set To Leave Arsenal & Star Man Is Expected To Follow Him
Arsene Wenger is set to leave Arsenal this summer following the humiliation at Bayern Munich and Alexis Sanchez is expected to follow him out the Emirates exit door, according to the Mirror.
Pressure increased on Wenger after we slumped to an embarrassing 5-1 defeat at the Allianz Arena last night with a growing number of supporters and pundits calling on the boss to step down when his contract expires in June.
Wenger has always maintained that he’ll make a final decision over his future at the end of the season with a new two-year extension understood to have been on the table for some time.
The Mirror claim that the boss has been 50/50 over whether to stay or call time on his 20-year reign in north London, however, last night’s disaster in Munich was the final straw and senior figures at the club believe Wenger is now preparing to leave at the end of the season.
And the 67-year-old is expected to make a clean break from the club with the possibility of him moving upstairs already ruled out as an option.
The newspaper says that the only thing that could make Arsene change his mind is winning the FA Cup and Arsenal enjoying a strong finish to the Premier League campaign, but as it stands he’s expected to walk when his deal expires.
I think Wenger’s position is becoming untenable as last night’s result was like groundhog day for the fans and it’s become clear that we need a new start and fresh ideas to take the club forward.
It’s obviously not going to be an easy task to replace Wenger but thankfully it sounds like the board are already working on it as the Mirror claim that we’ve drawn up a four-man short-list consisting of Thomas Tuchel, Max Allegri, Leonardo Jardim and Roger Schmidt.
Tuchel is understood to be the front-runner after impressing during his time as Borussia Dortmund but Allegri is also in the frame having lead Juventus to consecutive Serie A titles.
Personally, I’d like to see Allegri come in as we need a winner who’s dealt with big names and a manager who will command immediate respect.
This is a delicate time at Arsenal with the future’s of Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez also in serious doubt and sadly the Mirror claim that whoever replaces Wenger will have to deal with losing our Chilean superstar.
The paper says that Arsenal chiefs fear Sanchez has already made up his mind to leave following unsuccessful contract talks with Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus battling it out over his signature.
I don’t think Sanchez’s decision is just about money and if he has decided to leave, then I’m sure our recent capitulations on the pitch have played a key role in helping him decide he needs a move to fulfill his ambitions.
We’re facing a key few months in the short-term future of Arsenal Football Club. It’s going to be a fascinating time and I think we’re gearing up for a busy summer of change in north London.