Piers Morgan is famous for his passionate and sometimes over-the-top Twitter rants about Arsenal, but the broadcaster and former newspaper editor revealed something very interesting that he heard involving Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola earlier this week.
The Good Morning Britain presenter, who obviously has some fantastic contacts in the sporting world, said he was told “on very good authority” that Guardiola wanted to come to the Emirates Stadium with Thierry Henry as his assistant.
Quite when Guardiola felt this way isn’t made clear - the revered former Barcelona coach agreed to become the new manager of Manchester City earlier this year - but, if true, it suggests the only reason Pep isn’t coming to north London this summer is because Arsene Wenger has no plans to leave the club.
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“I was told on VERY good authority last night that Pep Guardiola wanted to come to Arsenal with Thierry Henry as his No2. #afc” Morgan tweeted, the morning after Arsenal’s 2-1 defeat to Swansea City.
Wenger’s popularity amongst the Gunners’ faithful has taken a spectacular nosedive over the past week.
Terrible week for Arsene Wenger
The veteran French coach was criticised for his tactics in the 2-0 defeat to Barcelona last week, castigated for failing to secure a single point against a depleted Manchester United side at Old Trafford last Sunday, and panned after Wednesday night’s shock defeat to the Swans.
Piers has made it abundantly clear for some time now that he’s firmly in the #WengerOut camp - and he’s been joined by a significant number of Arsenal fans over the past week.
One suspects that Wenger’s popularity will reach a new all-time low if Arsenal are beaten by their north London rivals Tottenham on Saturday afternoon.
Arsenal can't afford to lose at Tottenham
A victory at White Hart Lane is the only sure-fire way for Wenger to win back supporters following three disappointing results.
Maximum points at the Lane would leave Arsenal level in the table with Mauricio Pochettino’s side, while defeat would leave them six points behind. It’s a massive game for both clubs but Wenger has more to lose.
“The fans will be behind us, I don’t worry for that,” Wenger was quoted as saying by the Guardian in his pre-match press conference. “This is one game where fans are always behind us, and it is down to us to give them more belief and make them more vocal. Confidence has been a bit jaded. Always in football, we do 98 per cent of things right and need to find two per cent. That’s down to our collective qualities and putting more effort in.”
Arsenal fans: do you believe Pep Guardiola wanted to come to the Emirates Stadium? Have your say by leaving a comment below.