Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger revealed his future at the club could be decided in the aftermath of their FA Cup final against Chelsea on May 27. He believes an announcement will follow days after the meeting. Various reports have suggested a two-year deal was on the table for the Gunners boss if he would agree to a Director of Football or intermediary that limited his omnipotence in the camp, but the French coach remained coy when asked.
“I think (the board meeting is) after the FA Cup. You have certainly to know that there are many aspects of a football club which have to be discussed at a board meeting. One of them is of course what is happening with the manager, the future, the players who have to come in, the renewal of contracts. You don’t miss problems in a board meeting,” Wenger said. The Arsenal manager also played down the importance of his future at the club.
“Look, I think what is the most important for us is to win the football game we play on Sunday. After that, what happens to me is less important. I’m here to serve the club and the best way to do that is to win the next game. At the moment I think we should focus on short-term and what’s going on (in the Premier League) and in the FA Cup final,” he added.
Arsenal could end the season with Champions League football sealed for 2017/18, as well as an FA Cup winner’s medal if they beat Chelsea later this month. Such success would strengthen his position with the board but also with many of the supporters, and rumours have suggested his future could be dependent on the outcome of this season. Talk has been muted on potential successors to Wenger’s throne in recent months, and the story of a two-year deal-in-waiting isn’t going away.