And the beat goes on, the beat goes on. I think we all knew that Arsene would sign another contract. It is unlikely to reunite the fanbase but, whether you are a Wengerinner or Wengerouter, or neither, fact is you knew that he would sign a new contract. For Arsene, life is Arsenal and Arsenal is life. And if you are a member of the BoD, you would also not stand in the way of another two years of Arsene at the helm. From a business point of view it make sense; and the club owe Wenger for his loyalty and the financial successes, as well as recent sporting successes.
Personally, I would have been excited if a new manager had been selected, but I am also happy to see Wenger at the club for a few more years. With a strong finish to the season based on a change of tactics and formation, and beating both oiler clubs to win the FA Cup, there is plenty to be excited about going forward. Wenger and the team have turned a page or two, and the Frenchman may still be able to go all the way once more. Unlikely but certainly not unthinkable.
Not playing in the stressful (and boring) CL will give Wenger an opportunity to focus mainly on the league. The UEFA league is a brilliant opportunity to give the ‘second string’ team an opportunity to shine and get really good game practice. Ospina, Gibbs, Holding, Gabriel, Chambers, Jack, Le Coq, Santi, Iwobi, Perez and Giroud – all players who can push out a ‘first team’ player next season – would be able to get far in that competition. Spursday nights could become fun occasions to watch the Gunners.
Add two or three players – a left wingback, a quality CF and young super talent in midfield – further develop the 3-4-3 formation, focus hard on winning the league, keep at least one of Ozil and Alexis, and play football the Arsenal way. And don’t be surprised if Arsenal announce a big signing in the next few days.
Let’s see what next season will bring us. Plenty of adventures lay ahead of us.