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Bernabeu board keen on appointing Emirates Stadium boss.
The Spanish media are actively discussing the prospect of Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger replacing current Real Madrid manager, Jose Mourinho, citing sources at the club.
The Real Madrid board are becoming more discontented with Mourinho, not just his antics on the sidelines but also the lack of consistent performances by the Spanish giants.
It is also common knowledge that Wenger is not having the best time of it at The Emirates, a large section of the fans want Wenger out and the English media are not making his life comfortable either.
Wenger has made it clear he wants to stay at The Emirates, in fact he did say he would like to stay for another 14 years, however, the Real Madrid board believe that to be bravado and that the timing is perfect for them to make a concentrated effort to attempt and prise the Frenchman away from Arsenal.
Would Real Madrid really opt for a move to bring in Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger? Seems a bit of a stretch, but perhaps the Bernabeu board see the Frenchman as a more composed figure who could hold the key to a long term strategy to help the Spanish giants win major honours again after three seasons since without a La Liga crown almost a decade since their last Champions League triumph.
Wenger has come under fire from Gunners supporters after allowing three key players to leave in the summer, Samir Nasri, Cesc Fabregas and Gael Clichy, and then bringing in fairly lackluster replacements for the trio. Arsenal have now gone six seasons without any silverware and after a shocking start to the season there is certainly a lot of pressure on the Frenchman to get his side’s campaign back on track.
There is a growing sense that the Real Madrid board are exasperated by the behaviour of Jose Mourinho and that his loose cannon nature and lack of tangible success in his first season in charge could realistically lead to the Portuguese manager being shown the door if there is no sign of an upturn in form.
That said it does seem harsh to criticise a manager who amassed 92 points in a domestic season and who’s success is of course thwarted by the irrepressible Barcelona side that has seemed to haunt Real Madrid for a few seasons now.
There is a sense that Wenger must succeed this term of face the very real threat of being asked to step aside after over 15 years in charge at the North London club so it is therefore no surprise that he is being linked with possible jobs elsewhere and indeed there is strong speculation that cash rich Ligue 1 side PSG may also be keen on the 61 year old.