Arsene Wenger insists he will head into Tuesday’s board meeting to discuss his Arsenal future perfectly equipped with all he needs to secure a new contract – namely a replay of Saturday’s 2-1 FA Cup final win over 10-man Chelsea. There is no structure aside from Arsène Wenger, and whether it is now or in two years, Wenger will leave the club. We go home with a bad taste because of what has happened but for sure we would rather win the Premier League than the FA Cup.
If I’m right, it will be sad to see him go.
“If the club want to sell me, there’s one club I’d move to”, he was quoted as saying, agreeing that it was Atletico, who he left three years ago to join Chelsea.
So, it should be no surprise that Xhaka and Ramsey have had their best games since the change in formation – made by Wenger only because he felt the need to show the fans and the people above that he can be flexible.
“For once I have taken my medal so that means it’s a special night for me”.
“That’s what I did not accept during the season and I will never accept it”. Granit Xhaka was rock solid in midfield and we have not said that often this season. “You can’t do 35 years as a football manager if you think you are not the right man to do the job”. “This job is basically about trusting human beings so, if you can not forgive, you can not trust”. I do want to be a manager.
I don’t think it should affect the media because I don’t change my commitment. “I was in great form and it was a shame I didn’t start the game”. “Look, you ask me that question at least one time every week”, he said.
It wasn’t the Champions League final or the crucial game in a battle to win the Premier League. You can not be in this job [if not].
The 36-year-old defender plans to go into coaching eventually and would love to return to Wembley as a manager in the future.
Even if you think he should still go now, even if you think he should maybe have gone five years ago, all those football debates fade against the fundamental humanity of a great and decent man ending a hugely hard and tormented season with a moment of happiness; with a moment of vindication.
Chelsea pushed forward in search of the equaliser in the second-half, but the Gunners held firm, with captain Per Mertesacker, who was making his first start of the season, putting in a game-winning shift in the heart of the defence.
His decision is going to get a mixed reaction from Arsenal fans, and many will be angered, although there is a huge section of fans who will be happy with his performance at the end of the campaign, and won’t be too aggrieved by his choice.