Arsenal have reportedly told Arsene Wenger that they want an answer over his future by the end of March, although they remain keen for him to stay.
The 67-year-old’s current contract is set to expire this summer, and with no suggestion as of yet that an extension is imminent, it leaves the Gunners in a difficult position.
Growing criticism from supporters has made the situation even more tense, and as reported by The Sun, it’s claimed that the Arsenal hierarchy want an answer from Wenger by the end of this month.
It’s claimed that the French tactician is scheduled to meet club chiefs during the international break in three weeks time, and they expect an answer from him then so that they can either plan the future with him still at the helm, or they can begin the process of identifying and appointing a successor.
Nevertheless, it’s worth pointing out that the report continues to suggest that there is a two-year deal on the table for Wenger if he decides to stay, and so ultimately all the power is with him to decide his own fate and whether or not he leaves north London to start a new challenge.
Given the lack of major honours over the last decade, Wenger has faced an unlimited amount of criticism and scrutiny, sometimes unfairly, and it’s arguably the general consensus from supporters that a change may be required to change their fortunes.
The Sun add a shortlist of candidates to replace Wenger has been drawn up with Jorge Sampaoli, Massimiliano Allegri and Ralph Hasenhuttl amongst the frontrunners, while Luis Enrique will be available this summer after he confirmed he will step down at Barcelona at the end of the season.
It’s an intriguing time for Arsenal fans, but they should finally have the answers that they seek by the end of March to determine if they’ll have a new manager next season.