With Sir Alex Ferguson of Manchester United, City’s Roberto Mancini and Chelsea’s Rafa Benitez leaving the 3 most prominent clubs in the country now or at the end of the season, there is a definite changing of the guard in The Premier League.
Harry Redknapp was speaking to Talksport this morning and suggested that there had been a lot of backstage rumours about managers leaving this summer. He may have been alluding simply to those who had already left `Manchester United, City and Chelsea but there was a hint that we can expect another big departure at the end of this season.
Arsene Wenger has been a rock at Arsenal and, after several frustrating years on the pitch, one might imagine that he would be more hungry than ever to take Arsenal back to the top. With transitional periods likely at the aforementioned clubs, he may well see this as the time to get back into pole position.
But, there is a sense that Wenger might just have had enough of Arsenal – that he has taken them as far as he can. Wenger’s stock is still high in Europe and, with the Real Madrid position up for grabs, perhaps he will think that this is his big opportunity for a fresh challenge.
Arsenal have been in stasis for a good few years. This may be due to the financial constraints placed upon the club by the ground move. Arsenal may finally be able to go shopping this summer and spend the sorts of sums required to bring the Premier League back to the club.
But, we wouldn’t be at all surprised if the battle-weary Wenger decides that it’s time for him to move on.
Arsenal fans, what do you think? Has Arsene taken the club as far as he can? Is it time for a managerial change? And if so, who should come in?