Arsene Wenger might be celebrating 20 years in charge of Arsenal, but it seems increasingly unlikely that he’ll be marking many more.
The Frenchman’s contract runs out at the end of the season and with the FA hovering, he continues to be linked with the England job.
Arsenal fans will no doubt be divided on whether they would like to see him go, but they may have just been given the clearest indication yet that Le Professeur won’t be offered a new deal.
The club’s CEO Ivan Gazidis is one of the men who will be charged with making that decision, and judging by his latest comments, it certainly sounds like they’re planning for life after Wenger.
“Arsenal is not Arsene Wenger. They’re not one in the same thing,” Gazidis said, as per the Mirror.
That is not to say they have identified a replacement just yet, though Eddie Howe and Diego Simeone, of Bournemouth and Atletico Madrid respectively, are likely to lead the candidates.
As Manchester United have proven, replacing a long-term manager is no easy feat, but the general feeling is that it’s time for Wenger to move on – but it will be interesting to see how Arsenal fare without him.