There has been a lot of speculation about whether Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger could take the England manager’s job in the near future. The experienced Gunners boss seems to be distancing himself from the job by saying interim boss Gareth Southgate is the best man for the job.
Backing Southgate for England
When asked about the England job Wenger told the Daily Express: “I focus on my job, that’s what it is about. I believe he [Southgate] has accumulated experiences, he was a good observer.
“[He must] show the decisions you make are right and have the strength to do what you think is right.”
“Yes, he is [the right man for the job]. There is always demand for the big names but what is most important is the competence of the person.”
That statement seems to be the veteran French boss ruling himself out of taking the England job by backing another boss.
Wenger’s future is up in the air
Uncertainty surrounds Arsene Wenger’s future with the French boss’s contract in north London ending next summer. It is unknown whether or not he will be offered a contract renewal with the club.
Wenger’s future in north London will no doubt be closely linked with how successful the Gunners are this season. Following a rocky start to the campaign, Wenger’s team have hit form and are considered by many to be genuine Premier League title challengers this season.
Arsenal seem to have their strongest squad of players for a long time. A Premier League title triumph would definitely see Wenger handed a contract extension. The Gunners hierarchy’s idea of success this season remains to be seen.
Wants to stay at Arsenal
Arsene Wenger has been at Arsenal for two decades now, but it seems he wants to extend his stay in north London. At 67-years-old the Frenchman is approaching the twilight of his managerial career.
However, he obviously feels like he still has something to offer the north London club going forward. Some fans have called for a change in the managerial hot seat at the Emirates Stadium.
It seems unlikely those same fans are being so vocal now that the team from north London are on a good run of form. The future of Wenger is impossible to predict.
As the Frenchman seemingly wants to stay then the Arsenal hierarchy can wait until the end of the season and then decide to renew the Frenchman’s contract or not. Either way, hopefully, it will be the best move for the club.
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