Type ‘glutton for punishment’ into Google images and there’s a fairly good chance you’ll see Arsene Wenger’s face staring back at you.
For some inexplicable reason the veteran French coach wants to stay at Arsenal, despite the fact he’s looked a completely beaten man on numerous occasions this season.
More inexplicable is the fact Arsenal’s board have, according to reports, offered Wenger a new two-year contract extension. Rumours are swirling that the 67-year-old has already put pen-to-paper on that new deal, with an official announcement set to be made shortly.
If the rumours prove to be true, the atmosphere at the Emirates Stadium threatens to become even more toxic over the coming months.
Many fans have reached the end of their tether with Wenger, following yet another underwhelming showing in both the Premier League and Champions League, and the long-serving Gunners’ boss is now in serious danger of ruining his legacy.
Like a compulsive gambler desperate to recoup his losses, Wenger can’t bring himself to quit - even though he must know, in the back of his mind, that it’s in his best interests to do so.
Wenger's planning for next season
But Wenger, according to the Mirror, has decided to continue and has already drawn up a shortlist of potential summer transfer targets.
One of the many criticisms Arsenal fans have levelled at Wenger is his reluctance to spend big money on top players.
But with Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil both likely to leave the club this summer, and with fans not prepared to take anymore failure, Wenger is finally ready to go on a serious spending spree.
Wenger's summer transfer wish-list revealed
Arsenal will hand Wenger over £100 million this summer to ‘try and take the club to the next level’ and here are the players on the Frenchman’s wish-list…
The France international, linked with a move to the Gunners in the past, has scored 29 goals in 36 appearances for Lyon this season.
Club: AS Monaco
The 18-year-old, dubbed the new Thierry Henry, has made a remarkable impact in both Ligue 1 and the Champions League this season.
Club: Borussia Dortmund
Convincing the Borussia Dortmund star to leave Signal Iduna Park will be much easier said than done.
The 20-year-old striker, who has scored 32 goals for Celtic this season, looks the real deal.
Club: Stoke City
Excellent young goalkeeper who has missed almost the entire season through injury.
Alternative goalkeepers: Jordan Pickford (Sunderland) Joe Hart (Man City).
The Celtic full-back has been identified as a replacement for Nacho Monreal.
Alternative left-back: Jose Gaya (Valencia).
Tottenham are also in the hunt for the England international, who would cost over £30 million to sign this summer.