This summer is expected to bring out the manager merry-go-round, which could see Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger end up at PSG. It is looking increasingly likely that PSG manager Carlo Ancelotti will leave the club for Real Madrid in the summer. The Spanish club are widely expected to sack José Mourinho, who will be heading to Chelsea if that is the case. PSG are thought to have drawn a long list of potential successors for Ancelotti and Wenger is thought to be high on the list.
The 63-year-old has rejected any speculation of him moving to PSG by saying that he wants to stay at Arsenal until the end of his contract. His contract is one of the main reasons for the increased speculation. It comes to an end in the summer of 2014 and there has been no indication from Wenger that he is ready to sign a new contract. He has been facing a torrent of abuse from several Arsenal supporters this year. Hence, there have been suggestions that Wenger may finally decide to call it a day at Arsenal. The Frenchman, though, has rejected speculation by saying that he wants to see out his contract.
“I have had no contact with PSG. Carlo Ancelotti has done a good job and I do not see why he would leave the club by viewing the quality of his work this season. I followed their season. They have built their success on a form of individual superiority and the collective one that they found through the Champions League. In Ligue 1, they had a quite difficult journey. And for my part, I have a contract with Arsenal, where I have served for 17 years and I do not see myself leaving the club like a thief and not respecting my contract,” said Wenger.
After managing to claw themselves up to 3rd place in the Premier League, it finally looks as though Arsenal are starting to find their feet this season. There’s no doubt that some of the summer acquisitions have played a massive part in this success, with Arsene Wenger quick to lavish the praise on Santi Cazorla and Lukas Podolski about their impact on the team.
Even though the Gunners experienced a sticky start following successive goalless draws against Stoke and Sunderland, they have really come into their own over recent fixtures following a 2-1 victory over Liverpool and a 6-1 thrashing of Sunderland. Cazorla and Podolski have played huge parts in these results, with the duo scoring a combined three goals to make many forget about the absence of Robin Van Persie.
Following their performances, Wenger says he is very happy with how they have both slotted in. He told the press, “Cazorla is a pleasure to watch, you want him to have the ball. He typifies Spain’s midfielders – technically perfect, great vision and a great team attitude and Lukas has 101 caps for Germany – he is physically strong and a fantastic finisher.”
However, while Wenger may have expressed his delight in this regard, he has been slightly more reserved on fellow signing Olivier Giroud. It would be fair to say that the Frenchman has struggled somewhat following his summer switch, with Wenger claiming that he is not sure if he will start the striker against his former club Montpellier on Tuesday. He added to the press, “He is under much pressure at the moment and sometimes to get a little breather is good. What I will do on Tuesday, I honestly don’t know, I just felt that the time has come for him to not be under too much pressure.”