According to the BBC, Arsenal have decided to hand veteran boss Arsene Wenger a two-year extension to his contract that expires this summer.
The news will not come as a surprise for most Gunners fans, as Wenger is now part of the furniture at the north London club. The Frenchman has come in for heavy criticism over the past few seasons, despite winning the FA Cup in three of the last four seasons.
However, Gunners fans have become disillusioned with the club’s inability to win the Premier League title and some have called for change. Wenger and the club’s owner Stan Kroenke are reported to have made a verbal agreement on Monday after a meeting to determine the Frenchman’s future.
A viable replacement
Strangely enough one of the bosses rumoured to be interesting the Gunners as a replacement for Wenger Thomas Tuchel has just stepped down as Dortmund head coach.
The 43-year-old has been linked with a move to north London for the last year or so after impressing at BVB in two seasons at the German club. In fact, the German boss remains the favourite to become the next Arsenal boss at odds of 3/1.
Tuchel earned himself a reputation as one of the brightest young head coaches in the European game. Much of that reputation was created by the fact that Tuchel style was attacking, exciting and east on the eye.
His style is much like that of Arsenal in the early days of Arsene Wenger, when the Gunners dominated the English game. His preferred style is probably why he was so often linked with a move to Arsenal.
Would have been a gamble
Appointing Tuchel would have been a gamble for Arsenal. The 43-year-old did produce Dortmund team that played good football, but he failed to win the Bundesliga title with BVB. Winning the German top-flight title is of course not easy with Bavarian giants Bayern Munich dominating the Bundesliga.
However, Dortmund could only finish third this season behind Bundesliga debutants RB Leipzig. Extending Arsene Wenger’s contract was the safe and secure option. The Gunners board obviously did not want to take a risk on appointing a new boss.
I suppose Wenger offers stability, while there is no saying what the team would have achieved next season with another boss. Maybe Tuchel would not have done any better than Wenger, but it looks like we will never know.
Would appointing Tuchel have been an alternative to extending Wenger’s contract?