Arsene Wenger’s future continues to be the subject of intense speculation given that his contract will expire at the end of the season. However, the penning of a new deal with Arsenal would appear to a formality given that the club and their manager continue to make plans for the next campaign.
Arsenal and Wenger are reported to have reached an agreement at the end of last year over a two-year extension, although the paperwork remains unsigned. There is, however, still a degree of uncertainty given that Wenger has yet to provide a clear indication to his staff that he will commit.
But, as has been reported by Goal.com, Arsenal executives and Wenger have been planning together for the future, with Ivan Gazidis having met with the Frenchman at the club’s London Colney training ground on Tuesday.
Wenger and Gazidis are reported to be working on a list of priority targets for the summer transfer window, and the Arsenal board are very much continuing about their business under the impression their manager will remain in his position.
The Arsenal boss has been unwilling to comment directly on his future over the course of the season, with his stance not having altered during both the campaign’s highs and lows. But, although all signs point towards a contract renewal, there remains a possibility Wenger could walk away.
While it appeared earlier this season that Arsenal may the title for the first time in 10 years, they could actually end 2013/14 having reached the nadir of Wenger’s illustrious reign. The club’s prospects of reaching the coveted Champions League positions are out of their hands, having previously finished fourth or better in each of Wenger’s seasons at the helm.