Yesterday, I said I was not going to make a prediction on Arsene Wenger’s future. Today, I might do just that.
Right now, we are undoubtedly in the middle of transition. This will be a busy summer – Henry has already gone, Reyes and Aliadiere are off too, and I now expect at least three signings before the new season.
More than that, we will see a fresh focus for the team, perhaps a subtly new style and formation. In short, Wenger has a vision for what he is building, and we’re all curious to find out exactly what it is.
If we were to struggle this season, and then he left, he would unfortunately be remembered by some for failing to create another great team. Some would judge him as losing control and letting the side fall down. All of which would be incredibly harsh, but we know how the media works.
If he were to defy expectations, build the current side into a title winning one within three or four years, he would be utterly vindicated in every decision he has made to this point. At that stage, I could see him calling it a day.
As such, I predict he will sign a new deal by Christmas at the latest.
Of course, this is just idle sourceless speculation, so take it only as that.
As for the worst case scenario for many – Wenger leaving – consider this. We have probably the best Under 23 squad in the entire world, bar none. We have a wonderful new stadium, and money to spend. How hard do you think it’ll be to attract the top managers?
As I’ve said, I doubt it’ll come to that, at least not for a few years, but when it does, it is not The End ™.