Arsenal: Wenger talks about legacy; French full-back snub; Portuguese winger linked
With the international break still dragging on, Arsene Wenger has been reflecting further on his 20 years at Arsenal. However, rather than looking back at the past the Gunners boss has been looking towards his legacy and what will happen when he eventually steps down.
Wenger’s current Arsenal deal runs out next summer, and although the board are keen to offer him an extension it is understood that he wants to judge the mood around the club before signing. Wenger was perturbed by the dissent inside the Emirates at times last season and the rather half-hearted but visible protests.
Should Arsenal’s season follow a similar trajectory, he might reach the conclusion that he has taken this group of players as far as he can. Speaking to the club’s official website, Wenger said:
“I always felt that as a manager you have an influence on three levels.
“One, on the individual careers of the players – you are not successful with every player. Two, on the style of play and the results of the team. Three, on the structure of the club.
“I like to think that the club today is at a different level to when I arrived and as well, when I leave, that I leave a good team with a strong financial resources and good structures at the club.
“My pride [would be] to see somebody come in and do better. At least he is in a position to do better. It is important I think for the legacy.”
Clearly, Wenger has kept a close eye on events at Manchester United, who have struggled since his former adversary Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement. Some will say, not without justification, that United’s problems only serve as a further proof of Ferguson’s genius but Wenger is looking at things in a different way. He will feel he is a done a better job if a manager comes in and improves on what he has achieved. In an industry that demands unflinching self-belief and a fairly large ego, this is a remarkably unselfish approach. Which manager Arsenal appoint to take on this task is unclear, with a number of the best managers in Europe already at rival Premier League clubs.
Elsewhere, French defender Djibril Sidibe has been discussing his decision to turn down Arsenal in the summer because he didn’t feel he would get enough games. The Lille full back said he was in talks with Monaco when Arsenal swooped in with a late offer. However, he was told that he would only play around 25 games per season including the cups. Moreover, Sidibe wants to establish himself as a right back whereas Arsenal wanted to develop him as a left back. The Gunners were also heavily lined with Swiss left back Ricardo Rodriguez which suggests that Kieran Gibbs was close to leaving at some stage. Gibbs has stayed put and continues to deputise for Nacho Monreal, though the Englishman has looked quite sharp in his few cameo appearances. He earned a call up to the England squad this week following Danny Rose’s injury.
Finally, Squawka are reporting that Arsenal and Spurs are keeping tabs on Galatasaray forward Bruma who is valued at £20 million by the Turkish giants. Bruma has notched up two goals and three assists so far this season, and the 21-year-old has only two years remaining on his contract. Wenger shipped out Joel Campbell in the summer, and Arsenal were forced to sell Serge Gnabry who had one year left on his contract. If Arsenal have a weak area of the squad it is possibly their wide forward options, so it makes sense they are looking at a player of Bruma’s profile.
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